What You Should Know When Charter Bus in Canada

Layman_Transport
2017-05-12

For your safety and that of other road users, Federal and Provincial laws strictly regulate your motor coach driver’s hours of service. These laws limit the...

For your safety and that of other road users, Federal and Provincial laws strictly regulate your motor coach driver’s hours of service. These laws limit the number of hours a driver can drive in a day, the length of a work shift, and the number of work hours a driver can accumulate over the course of a one-or two-week period. Your driver can drive up to 13 hour in a day, after which he or she must take 8 consecutive hours off-duty before driving again. Your driver cannot drive after being on-duty for 15 hours in a day, (regardless of the number of driving hours) after which he or she must take 8 consecutive hours off-duty before driving again. Your driver cannot drive after accumulating 70 hours in an 8 day period, or 120 hours in a 14 day period. [For the latter cycle, your driver must have taken 24 hours off-duty before reaching the 75th hour of the cycle]. IF THESE LIMITS ARE EXCEEDED… Your driver and the bus company can be charged and fined, threatening the bus company’s operating privileges. Your driver can be placed “out of service” at a roadside inspection. HOW WILL ANYONE FIND OUT? Police or government transportation enforcement officers can examine your driver’s logbook at any time during a trip. Audits of driver and company records at the bus company’s premises will detect hours of service violations. So, when you rent a bus service, please don’t ask your driver to break the law by exceeding these limits. After all, the safety of your group is our number one priority! 

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