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• ensure the vehicle is inspected,
   or make it available for inspection,
   as specified in the company’s
   preventive maintenance plan
• report any on-road inspections received
   from an enforcement officer and provide
   the documents to the carrier
• notify the carrier of any defects found
   during an inspection;
• not operate any vehicle with a defect
   that would jeopardize the safety of the
   driver or any other person

For more information, refer to the
Commercial Vehicle Safety Regulation,
AR 121/2009 which is available through
the Queen’s Printer. (See “Need more
information” at the end of this section.)

Hours of service

Hours of service legislation is safety
legislation that ensures commercial drivers
have enough opportunities to rest so they
do not drive when tired.

There is both federal and provincial
legislation that regulates drivers’ hours of
work. Alberta legislation applies to carriers
and their drivers who operate vehicles
solely within Alberta. The federal legislation
applies to carriers and their drivers who
operate one or more vehicles outside of
Alberta. Once it has been determined
that a carrier falls within the federal
legislation, all the drivers of the carrier’s
regulated vehicles must comply to federal
requirements, even those that never leave
Alberta. The main regulatory requirements
are summarized below. To fully understand
all requirements, one must read the
applicable regulations.

Provincial (Alberta)
legislation

The on-duty hours (consisting of “driving”
and “on-duty not driving” time) allowed
for a driver are regulated in work shifts
that generally start after having a period
of eight consecutive hours off-duty and
end when the driver has another period of
eight consecutive hours off-duty. Some
situations are considered equivalent to this
eight hour off-duty requirement.

During a work shift, a driver cannot drive:
• after having driven 13 hours; or
• after being on-duty for 15 hours

A driver must account for every day by
completing a daily log for each calendar
day, or indicating in the remarks section of
the daily log that the driver was off-duty on
the indicated dates.

When required to complete a daily log, a
driver must do the following:
• enter all the required information
• maintain the daily log current to the last
   change of duty status, such as off-duty
   time and driving time
• maintain the daily log accurately
• keep copies of documents received
   during the trip, such as hotel receipts
   and fuel receipts
• deliver the daily log, and all supporting
   documents, to the employer within
   20 days
• keep a copy of each daily log and
   supporting documents for at least
   six months

If ALL of the following four conditions
are met, a daily log is not required to be
completed. (however, all other regulated
requirements must still be met):


20  A Commercial Driver’s Guide to Operation, Safety and Licensing

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