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III. Hours of service
 
Hours-of-service requirements
 
  1. Daily requirement*
    • A driver must have 10 hours off-duty in a day.
    • A driver cannot drive more than 13 hours in a day.
    • A driver cannot drive after 14 hours on-duty in a day.
      * Some exceptions apply; refer to Ontario Regulation 555/06
  2. Mandatory off-duty time
    • After a period of at least eight hours off-duty, a driver cannot drive more than 13 hours.
    • After a period of at least eight hours off-duty, a driver cannot drive after having been on-duty for 14 hours.
    • After a period of at least eight hours off-duty, a driver cannot drive after 16 hours has elapsed.
  3. Cycle requirement
    • An operator shall designate a cycle for the driver to follow.
    • There are two cycles available, a seven-day cycle or a 14-day cycle.
    • In a period of seven consecutive days, a driver cannot drive after having been on-duty for 70 hours.
    • In a period of 14 consecutive days, a driver cannot drive after having been on-duty for 120 hours. Drivers following this cycle shall not drive after accumulating 70 hours on-duty without having taken 24 consecutive hours of off-duty time.
    • On any day, all drivers must have a period of at least 24 consecutive hours off-duty in the preceding 14 days.
  4. Cycle reset/switching
    • A driver may only switch the cycle they are on if they start a new cycle.
    • To start a new cycle, a driver on the seven-day cycle must take 36 consecutive hours off-duty.
    • To start a new cycle, a driver on the 14-day cycle must take 72 consecutive hours off-duty.
  5. Daily log requirement
    A daily log may be handwritten, computer-generated or made by means of a recording device. The daily log must contain the following information:
    • The driver’s name
    • The date
    • The name of the driver’s co-drivers, if any
    • The start time of the day being recorded, if the day does not start at midnight
    • The cycle that the driver is following
    • The odometer reading at the start of the day
    • The number plate of each commercial motor vehicle to be driven and each trailer
    • The name of the operator
    • The address of the driver’s home terminal and of the principal place of business of the operator
    • Graph grid as illustrated in Form 1 of the regulation (not required for Recording Device)
    • The start and end times for each duty status during the day
    • The location where the driver’s duty status changes
    • The total time spent in each duty status during the day
    • The odometer reading at the end of the day
    • The total distance driven by the driver
    • The driver’s signature