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North of 60: Canadian HOS Rules

Drivers face harsh driving conditions and long stretches between communities north of latitude 60°N, so regulations include a modified set of rules for these drivers.

 

What are the requirements when traveling north of 60?

North of Latitude 60°N Driving Limits

  • Driving time limit increased by 2 hours
  • Driver must stop driving after 15 hours driving

North of Latitude 60°N On-Duty Limits

  • On-duty time limit increased by 4 hours
  • Driver must stop driving after 18 hours on-duty

North of Latitude 60°N Shift Limits

  • Work shift limit increased by 4 hours
  • Driver must stop driving after 20 hours on a work shift

North of Latitude 60°N Off-Duty Requirements

  • Off-duty time decreased by 2 hours
  • Driver must take 8 consecutive hours off-duty (core rest period)
chart showing North of Latitude 60 Off-Duty Requirements

When Do the Limits Apply?

  • Driver is eligible to apply new limits as soon as a driver crosses the latitude 60°North
  • Driver does not have to record this change in limits on daily log
  • When driver is north of latitude 60°, driver applies north of 60°limits
  • When the driver is south of latitude 60°, driver applies south of 60°limits

 

What are the sleeper berth rules for a single driver when traveling north of latitude 60°N?

Eligible Sleeper Berth Periods

  • Sleeper berth period >= 2 hours
  • This sleeper berth period + another sleeper berth period >= 8 hours
  • Driving time accumulated before and after the sleeper berth period <= 15 hours
  • No driving after 18 hours on-duty accumulated before and after the sleeper berth period

Work Shift Limits When Using Sleeper Berth

  • Stop driving after 15 hours of driving time (before and after each eligible sleeper berth period)
  • Stop driving after 18 hours of on-duty time (before and after each eligible sleeper berth period)

 

What are the sleeper berth rules for team drivers when traveling north of latitude 60°N?

Eligible Sleeper Berth Periods

  • Sleeper berth period >= 4 hours
  • This sleeper berth period + another sleeper berth period >= 8 hours
  • Driving time accumulated before and after the sleeper berth period <= 15 hours
  • No driving after 18 hours on-duty accumulated before and after the sleeper berth period

Work Shift Limits When Using Sleeper Berth

  • Stop driving after 15 hours of driving time (before and after each eligible sleeper berth period)
  • Stop driving after 18 hours of on-duty time (before and after each eligible sleeper berth period)
chart showing sleeper berth rules for a single driver and a team of drivers when traveling north of latitude 60°N

How does a driver to switch to a regular work shift (no sleeper berth)?

  • 8 consecutive hours of off-duty time

 

What are the cycle limits when traveling north of latitude 60°N?

  • Cycle 1 – limits on-duty time over a period of 7 days
  • Cycle 2 – limit of on-duty time over a period of 14 days
  • Reach cycle limit – driver must stop driving

 

What are the cycle resets when traveling north of latitude 60°N?

  • Driver can take extended period of off-duty time (cycle reset)
  • After reset period –accumulated on-duty hours set back to zero, driver starts new cycle and resumes driving
  • Driver does not have to take cycle reset –driver can reduce hours so as not to exceed cycle limits

Cycle 1

  • No driving after 80 hours on-duty time during any period of 7 consecutive days
  • Driver must take at least 36 consecutive hours off-duty time to reset cycle

 

Cycle 1 Example:

cycle 1 example

Cycle 2

  • No driving after 120 hours on-duty time in any period of 14 consecutive days
  • Driver can’t exceed 80 hours of on-duty time without taking at least 24 consecutive hours off-duty time
  • Driver must take at least 72 consecutive hours off-duty time to reset cycle

 

Cycle 2 Example:

cycle 2 example

What is “mandatory 24 hours off-duty”?

  • No driving after 14 consecutive days (regardless of number of on-duty hours in cycle)
  • After 14 consecutive days on-duty, driver must take at least 24 consecutive hours off-duty time before driver resumes driving

 

Day Off Example:

How do drivers switch cycles?

  • Switch from Cycle 1 to Cycle 2 –36 consecutive hours off-duty time
  • Switch from Cycle 2 to Cycle 1 –72 consecutive hours off-duty time

 

 

The above information is for informational purposes only, and should in no way be relied upon as legal advice.