How To Calculate Work Cycle To Comply With Hours Of Service

How To Calculate Work Cycle To Comply With Hours Of Service

Hi there, Rick with Smart Drive Test talking
to you today about calculating the work cycle for your logbook. Regardless of whether you’re
in Canada or the United States, the principles for calculating how many hours you’ve worked
in a logbook cycle are the same. I’m going to go over that today because if you get pulled
into a scale, get pulled over by authorities, the first thing they’re going to do is check
your work cycle and make sure that you have not exceeded the hours for that cycle in which
you’re working. If you exceed the hours for the work cycle, you’re going to get a fine,
you’re going to work the day for free! We’ll be right back to talk to you about that. [OPENING CREDITS & MUSIC] Hi there, Rick welcome back. Today, talking to you about calculating the number of hours you’ve worked in a work cycle. Regardless of whether you’re working in Canada or the
United States the principles for calculating the work cycle are the same. In Canada there
are two work cycles; Cycle #1 – 70 hours and 7 days; Cycle #2 – a hundred and twenty hours
in 14 days. As I insist, as I tell people— do not work on cycle #2 in Canada! There is
no point because in cycle #1, it’s a rolling cycle and in order to reset cycle 1, you have
to take 36 hours off. In cycle #2, you have to take 24 hours off before obtaining 70 hours
in 7 days, so you might as well take another 12 off and reset cycle one. There’s no point
running Cycle #2 in Canada; however, the principles for calculating 120 hours in 14 days are the
same. In the States: 60 hours in 7 days; 70 hours in 8 days. Those are the cycles in the
United States and as I said, the principles for calculating any one of those four cycles
is the same. So, we’re going show you how to do that.
Log books that you buy in the truck stop or are given to you by your
company have enough sheets for one month. As you can see with this calculator of calculating
how many hours you work in the last 7 days, there’s space for 31 days. You take the
6 days from the preceding month and put them in the slots here right at the top – so
the last 6 days. So in column ‘A’ you put the six numbers in, you figure out how
many hours you worked in the last six days. Column B, subtract that number—Column A—from
70 hours, and that will tell you how many hours you have available to work tomorrow.
The hours you work tomorrow go in slot #1 – 12 hours. You calculate the hours for
the last 6 days and put it in Column ‘A’. So the hours drop off, so you have 62 hours
for the last 6 days. And then you subtract 62 from 70 will give you 8 hours you can work
tomorrow. And the total hours for the last 7 days is 70 hours. The next day you work
8 hours on Day #2. Calculate out the last 6 days…which give you 60 hours. Subtract
60 from 70 and you have 10 hours to work tomorrow. And then calculate the last 7 days, which
gives you 70 hours. Now what you’re going to notice as we go through
this and do more numbers and add more numbers to the column that this
is a rolling 7 days… rolling 7 days. You don’t go to 7 days and then have to take 36
hours off to reset cycle #1. As many people in the trucking industry believe. They believe
that when you get to 70 hours in 7 days, you have to take 36 hours off to reset Cycle #1.
It doesn’t work like that. Its a rolling 7 days, so every time you put another day on,
you scratch the number off from eight days ago…put another number on, scratch the number
off. So the cycle keeps rolling. So this is the reason why I tell you that not to work
in cycle #2. There’s no advantage to working the cycle #2, because before you accumulate
70 hours in Cycle #2, you how to take 24 hours off. Well, if you’re going to take 24 hours
off, you might as well take another 12 off and reset Cycle #1 and carry on. The other
thing about Cycle #1 is is that if you work 13 hours over a 5-day period, that’s 65 to
70 hours. It works out well for long-haul truck driving that they work you hard for
5 days, send you home for the weekend, reset the cycle and send you hard for another 5
days. So it’s a rolling 7-day cycle. Fill out exactly what the formula is on the calculator
— on the sheet on the inside of your logbook. Stay safe -keep within that 70 hours in 7
days. So in conclusion figuring out the the number of hours that you’ve worked in a work cycle. 70 hours in 7 days in Canada, 120 hours in 14 days. In the United States, 60 hours in 7 days, or 70 hours in 8 days. It is important to know how many hours you worked in your work cycle so you don’t violate hours of service regulations – don’t get a fine, and don’t end up working for free. As well, the other way the other way to keep yourself making money according to log books, you have to know how many hours you have available to work, in your work cycle so you can keep dispatch informed. And dispatch can match you up with loads that are appropriate to the number And keep you moving down the road. Also important for bus drivers, so that you can meet your schedules. Work cycles, hours of service regulations – don’t get a violation, this is one of the most common ways that drivers get a violation according to hours of service regulations. They exceed the number of hour that’re available to work in their work cycle. Keep track of it, figure it out, keep yourself moving up and down the road according to hours of service regulations. Keep yourself safe. So, thanks for watching. If you like what you saw here, the complete course is over at my website. All of the videos, rules for log books written down, exercises on calculating work cycle. True/false questions, multiple choice questions – all of that related to the exercises, to reinforce the lessons and objectives with
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  1. my company's logbook cycle runs from midnight to midnight.
    I get done around 4 in the morning and leave again at 19:00 that same day.
    Through the week I always get a full ten hours off before I leave again .
    Saturday morning is my last day of the week,
    I arrive at 4:00 am(saturday morning) if I only take eight hours off I'm short for that day since I've already driven 4 hours saturday morning.
    my question is
    can I take 8 hours off saturday morning then start my day early and drive till midnight and then defer a couple of hours to get home.?
    rather then leave late every saturday.

    I should mention we use e-logs and I am on a scheduled run.
    my run should leave at noon on saturday but I come in at 14:00 to make sure I am legal . so I'm two hours behind before I even start.

  2. Drive you hard for 5 days and send you home? Couldn't get home for 3 month cycles with Weiner Enterprise. What a joke the big companies are unless you don't mind not having a home life at all

  3. I worked 5 days and a lil over 13 hours a day. I had 67 hours at the end of the week. My company goes by the 60 hrs 7 day rule. Did I violate the rule?

  4. im 21 yr old, almost a year that have my Class 1 license but companies i apply for needs 3-5 yr experience, which im upset about because how do i gain experience if they dont train.. besides im not picky doesn't have to be a semi–trucks that i want to drive, as long as i get experienced in deliveries, filling out log books, bill of lading and customer service… can someone give a tip to a newbie like me?? im planning to go back to school also so i really need this experience and financial support for myself

  5. okay,,,,,well obviously i would be fucked if I were to get pulled….whats the best E log used in canada…that does all this shit for you …

  6. So on your example, you hit 70 hrs in 7 days on both day 1 & 2. Shouldn't you have to do a 36 hr reset?

  7. I switched over ro a 120hr / 14 day cycle for a 1 time Round trip From Vancouver BC to Sudbury, Ont. 8300km in 9 days. Took 34 hrs off in the middle. Worked great. A co worker had a similar trip. Edmonton Ab to Sarnia Ont round trip. 7300km. He stayed on our normal cycle 1 and was gone for 11 days. Keeping under 70 hrs by putting in 10 hr days. I'll choose cycle 2 for a trip like that anyday.

  8. Thanks Rick. I watched all 3 parts. I feel confident my logbooks will be up to par next time im pulled over at the scales 🙂

  9. I have a moving company. Im never sure what i weigh loaded until im pulled over at scale. Do you have any advice? Should i phone the closest scale ahead of time and book a weighing?

  10. Your talking about so many allowed driving hours in the States and Canada but every province and state has different laws for driving hours, this confuses me. For example in Ontario you can drive I think its 11 hours a day but you can also deffer 2 hours from the next day and drive 13 hours. After which point you only need a mandatory 8 hours rest to continue on with the next 11 hour shift unless you differed 2 hours. There is also allowed working hours that you did not mention (different from driving hours)

  11. Hi, 70hrs for 7 days cycle right. If i finish the 70 hrs in 5 days take a 36hr reset, and the company want me to start the cycle on the 7th day, is this allowed? Thank you.

  12. I didn't know that the 7 day was a rolling cycle.
    Will you get a fine if you don't mark the hrs of service in your log? I know what my hours are in my head regardless of the log and I get weekends off so there is no way I could legally go over the hours of service in the 70 hr cycle regardless….

  13. Do we calculate on duty not driving hours with the hours driven together each day to calculate total hours worked in the past 7 days?

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