What is the Hours of Service Rule for Truck Drivers?

Truck-related highway accidents are not only serious, but also very common. In 2012, there were nearly 100 motor vehicle fatalities, in both Missouri and Arkansas, involving large commercial trucks. Accidents involving 18-wheelers often result in catastrophic injuries, simply because of the sheer size and weight of an 18-wheeler. In light of the serious risks 18-wheelers create on the roadway, federal and state regulations have been created to govern how trucking companies, and the truck driver’s themselves, are required to operate. One major concern for long-haul truck drivers is driver exhaustion, which frequently results in accidents and death.  In response to this concern, the “hours of service rule” was created. What is the purpose of the Hours of Service (HOS) regulation? The purpose of the Hours of Service rule, established by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), is to limit a truck driver’s ability to work the maximum number of hours currently allo


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