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Safety Series

Know Your HOS: Mandates require drivers

to use ELDs to track hours of service

Along

for the

Ride

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life on the road more entertaining for driver

Behind the Wheel

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SAFETY

16

Trucker

talk

SERIES

Know Your HOS

Mandates require

drivers to use ELDs to

track hours of service

BEHIND THE WHEEL

Living the Dream

Florida man follows

family tradition as thirdgeneration

trucker

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Safety Check

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SAFETY

series

Know your HOS

Mandates require drivers to use ELDs to track hours of service

BY CLIFF ABBOTT / CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Love ’em or hate ’em, electronic logging

devices (ELDs) are here to stay for

the majority of drivers of commercial vehicles.

Once ELDs became mandatory (for

most drivers) in December 2017, tracking

and reporting of drivers’ hours of service

(HOS) was changed forever.

Those changes began in the U.S. Legislature

with the passage of a 2012 transportation

funding bill known as Moving

Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century

Act, or MAP-21. A portion of that bill was

the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Enhancement

Act, which mandated the ELD

rule. As directed, the Federal Motor Carrier

Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued

the final rule in December 2015, and

the rule was fully enacted four years later.

Drivers are still required to fill out paper

logs if their ELD system isn’t working

or when driving vehicles that aren’t ELD

equipped, or if they have ELD systems

that can’t accept data from the system in a

previously driven truck. There is a limit of

eight days of operation unless the truck or

the work is exempted.

Another issue is that drivers can come

to depend on warnings and alerts from the

ELD rather than mentally tracking their

hours. Those drivers may need a refresher

on the hours-of-service rules when paper

logs are used.

The basics haven’t changed much in a

decade or more. Drivers of property-carrying

vehicles can’t drive after 11 hours of

driving or after 14 hours of combined driving

and working (on-duty, not driving).

There are exceptions to both rules, such

as additional time allowed if the driver encounters

adverse driving conditions that

could not have been reasonably known at

the beginning of the shift or trip.

The driver must take a 30-minute break

before or at the eight-hour driving mark.

Thanks to a September 2020 change to the

rule, the break can be used for non-driving

activities such as fueling or inspections,

as long as no driving is done. Before this

change, the driver had to log off-duty,

sleeper berth or a combination of the two

for the break.

Drivers can’t drive after 60 hours of

driving or working in a seven-day period,

or after 70-hours in an eight-day period.

The 70-hour rule is typically used for

trucking operations that run seven days a

week, while the 60-hour rule is used by

operations that regularly shut down on

specific days each week, such as weekends.

When the limits are reached, drivers must

Takeaway

Hours-of-service rules do not prohibit working beyond the set limits; they prohibit

actual driving (time behind the wheel) until the minimum rest requirements are met

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SAFETY

series

wait until the hours fall under the

limit or take a 34-hour restart to

reset those hours at zero before

driving again.

It’s important to note that the

14-hour rule and the 60 in seven

and 70 in eight rules do not prohibit

working beyond the set limits.

The rules prohibit driving until

the requirements are met, but nondriving

work, such as loading or

unloading, isn’t restricted. Drivers

can work as many hours as they

like, as long as no driving is done

until the driver has had 10 hours

off-duty or in the sleeper berth or

the total hours fall below 60 or 70,

depending on the rule used.

The adverse weather provision

is often misunderstood and misused.

In order for a driver to drive

extra hours under the rule, the circumstances causing

the adverse conditions cannot have been reasonably

known before the driving period began. For example,

predicted rain can result in flooding over the roadway,

or in certain conditions can quickly turn to snow and

ice. An argument that those conditions could not have

been reasonably known might be a solid one. However,

if weather reports predicted freezing precipitation for

several days, it becomes harder to argue that the driver

couldn’t have known the roads would be bad.

In another example, a traffic jam caused by an accident

can’t be known beforehand ‏— but claiming adverse

driving conditions because of rush hour in a large

city might not work as well.

There are also specific regulations that govern ELDs.

The first is that the device used must be registered with

the FMCSA. That’s a process that begins with the manufacturer

following the necessary registration steps, including

a “self-certification” that the ELD meets all the

requirements.

The carrier must verify that the device is registered;

if the carrier is a one-truck owner-operator business, the

owner/driver has the responsibility. Registration can

be done online at eld.fmcsa.dot.gov/list. The page includes

a list of more than 800 registered devices and

also includes a link to a list of devices for which the

registration has been revoked.

Also, it’s helpful to make sure the most current version

of the ELD software is being used. Check with the

manufacturer for updates.

There may be a current problem with ELDs that

depend on cellular networks to transmit data. The 3G

network has been retired by every major carrier except

Verizon, and even that one will be retired in December.

Owners of ELDs that depend on the Verizon network

should make sure their devices will operate on 4G or

5G networks.

Smaller cellphone carriers such as Cricket, Pure Talk

or Consumer Cellular contract to use the networks

of larger carriers, so a phone-based ELD that works

through another carrier could still use the Verizon

network.

There are rules that govern ELD capabilities, too. The

device must be able to transfer the driver’s record-ofduty

status (RODS) electronically to an inspector during

a stop, confirm successful transmission and allow the

safety official to enter a comment.

During an inspection, some officials will be satisfied

with looking at the driver’s record on the screen of the

ELD, but many will want either a printout or a copy of

the record. This can be accomplished in several ways.

The safety official can connect via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth,

or the ELD system can transmit via fax or email. Another

option is to record the data on a thumb drive that

the official inserts into his or her own device.

Instructions for operating the ELD, and for transmitting

data must be carried by the driver and provided to

the safety officer on demand. Often, written instructions

are included in the ELD program so that it isn’t necessary

to carry printed materials.

Knowing the provisions of the HOS rules and the

workings of the ELD that records them is a vital part of

any driver’s job.

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BEHIND

the wheel

living the

DREAM

Florida heavy-hauler

follows family tradition as

third-generation trucker

BY JOHN WORTHEN / THE TRUCKER JOBS MAGAZINE

Bubba Branch was just knee-high to a grasshopper, as they say in the south, when he first climbed

aboard his granddaddy’s big rig in Florida. His earliest memories include rowing through the

parked semi’s gears, turning the wheel and pumping all the leftover air out of the brakes.

“I drove a million miles and never left the yard,” he said with a laugh.

Branch says he’s proud to still live in Florida as “one of the few who are originally from here.”

Most of all, though, he’s proud to be a trucker — like his dad and granddad before him.

“I have been around trucking all my life,” he said in a husky southern drawl. “Grandad and

Dad were in it for 40 or more years. I like to say I was born in a truck. I was one of seven kids,

but I was the only one that took to trucks. I would ride with dad anytime I could.”

Branch said he also has special memories of riding along in his grandad’s truck.

“You could do no wrong with Granddaddy,” Branch said. “He was the cat’s meow with me.”

At age 18, Branch earned his CDL. His first job was driving an old, run-down 1970s-model GMC Brigadier

General for Miller and Sons in Central Florida. He had to work hard to land that job, he said, adding that he

“pestered” the company for a long while before they finally gave him a shot.

“They said all they had for me to drive was an old truck that had a lot of issues,” Branch said. “There were holes in

the floorboard, and the fumes were so bad my eyes would turn red. I took it home, washed it, and Dad and I patched

up the holes. I drove it for a while before I got caught by the DOT.”

After the truck was red-tagged and ordered out of service by the DOT, Branch didn’t have to worry about it

anymore, and in the ensuing two and a half decades he moved up the ladder of success in the trucking industry.

Now, at 44, he and his wife, Krystal, operate Atlas Heavy Haul out of Lakeland, Florida, his hometown. The

company primarily hauls heavy equipment.

“I wanted to haul equipment all my life, so I got some good experience and started on my own,” he said, adding

that his heaviest haul so far was a massive electrical box that he delivered to Heinz Field, home of the NFL Steelers

football team, in Pittsburgh.

The load weighed 200,000 pounds, and it took Branch nearly 15 days to make the run from Miami.

These days, Branch enjoys spending time working on his show truck, a 1996 Kenworth W900 dubbed “Just a

Phase.” When he picked it up the truck was white, but he knew he wanted to paint it red so it would stand out.

The entire interior had been stripped, down to the bare metal, so a new hush mat was put in the cab and sleeper,

then new floors, seats, an SH Tube twisted shifter and new door, roof and sleeper panels. Bubba’s son, Kolt, painted

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PHOTOS COURTESY OF BUBBA BRANCH

Some of Bubba Branch’s earliest memories are of climbing into his

grandfather’s big rig and going on ride-alongs with his father. Today,

he and his wife, Krystal, operate Atlas Heavy Haul, based in his

hometown of Lakeland, Florida. The couple’s 10-year-old son, Kolt,

is also fascinated with the trucking industry. Branch’s rig, “Just a

Phase,” has won numerous awards at truck shows.

the dash, and all the accent pieces were painted by his wife.

Once the interior was complete, SH Tube crafted all the

stainless-steel accent pieces on the rig, along with the speaker

boxes in the cab. Other custom pieces include the mirror

brackets, exhaust pipe holders, the dipstick and gear shifter,

and more.

The Kenworth is powered by a CAT 3406E engine with

an 18-speed transmission. The entire truck has taken Branch

about a year and a half to build, but he said it still isn’t 100%

complete.

In June, at the annual Shell Rotella SuperRigs event held in

Branson, Missouri, Branch’s rig won the categories for best

chrome and best engine, and he placed second in the working

truck with limited mileage category.

“I have wanted to be at Shell Rotella for so long, and this

was my first time,” Branch said. “I am so grateful to have the

opportunity.”

As for the future, Branch said Kolt is the one of his three kids

who is most likely to follow in his footsteps. Kolt rides with

Branch in the big rig any chance he can get, just as Branch did

with his dad and granddad.

“Kolt is hooked on it,” Branch said. “He said he wants my

rig one day, and he said he is going to paint it blue. I told him

to make sure I’m gone before he goes and does that.”

In talking about the industry he loves, Branch said he sees a

lot of room for improvement and hopes some changes will be

made before Kolt gets his CDL and hits the road.

“Lack of parking is critical,” Branch said. “There is nowhere

to go. Now you are told by a computer when you are tired,

even if you are not, so you have to get off the road when it says

so. You have to have a place to stop that’s safe, and there just

aren’t that many.”

Like many drivers, Branch has had to park illegally to meet

hours-of-service requirements.

“I was in Jackson, Georgia, on an on-ramp one night. The

two nearby truck stops were packed — like they always are

— and the ramp was the only place I could park. I got woken

up by the Georgia Highway Patrol to a Level 1 inspection. He

told me I couldn’t park there, but he let me stay for the night

because I didn’t have anywhere else to go.”

Most of all, though, before his son becomes a professional

driver, Branch said he hopes the profession will be seen as one

of honor. He wants those who aren’t in the industry to respect

truck drivers and the jobs they do.

“Do you realize what this country would be without people

choosing to be truck drivers?” Branch said. “Do I think

they owe us something? No. But we should get a little more

respect.”

Looking back on his career thus far, Branch says he feels

blessed.

“I am doing what I love, and I am so beyond grateful for

it,” Branch said. “I am thankful to be a truck driver, and I

just want to say thanks to all my fellow drivers. You have my

respect.”

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ALONG

for the ride

the 1980s rolled around she was driving her own truck, a used

Peterbilt. In 1985, she bought her first brand-new truck, an International

Eagle. In the early days, she mainly ran west coast

routes from Wisconsin to California for ATX, a division of Snyder

National. Those runs are still her favorites to this day.

Today, as an owner-operator leased to Bob Erickson Trucking,

Norton hauls refrigerated poultry products from Minnesota

and Wisconsin to Los Angeles, usually returning with a load of

fresh produce.

“Even though I basically run the same route all of the time, I

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Norton relishes the freedom she feels on the road.

“After 40-something years, I’ve made a lot of friends on the

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Norton also shared the feeling of family that has grown over

her years in the trucking industry. The people she has met over

the years were there for her during one of the most heartbreaking

times in her life — the death of her husband Jack in 2015.

The couple had driven as a team for three decades.

“We did a celebration of life for him. We didn’t really have a

lot of friends in the neighborhood, but so many of our trucking

friends made it up here for the celebration of his life,” Norton

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“It was unbelievable. Even the local people commented on

how we had friends there from all over the country. We had

people fly in from as far away as Arkansas and Texas,” she said.

We had grown into such a big family. It was such a nice feeling.”

Norton is doing her part to inspire the next generation of

truck drivers, partnering with local schools to visit thirdand

fourth-grade students a few times a year. Norton, Karhma

and Casey Aaron, along with their eye-catching rig,

are always popular with both the youngsters and faculty.

“I give all the kids a treat and they get to tour the truck,”

Norton said. “It’s funny, because as shy as Casey Aaron is, he always

picks one person there and that’s his person. Karhma will

just run from person to person, but Casey Aaron will pick just

one. This last time, it was the teacher. He wanted the teacher. He

fell in love with her, and the kids were so jealous.”

Norton collects different trinkets throughout the year to make

sure she has something to give each student at the school. The

treats range from pencils and pens to coloring books to handcrafted

items created by Norton. Each student receives a goodie

bag.

“I always try to make something that they can keep for a long

time,” Norton said. “This year I made blankets. Last year I did

beach towels.”

Because she enjoys embroidery, she often stitches her name,

along with Karhma and Casey Aaron’s, onto the items she

shares with the kids.

“I also make the kids ornaments at Christmas time — just

something they can keep if they want to,” she said. “I see these

kids grow up. Whenever they see me later, they always come up

and give me a hug and tell me about the time I visited their class

when they were little.”

Although she only brings the truck at the end of the school

year as a special treat for the students, Norton and her fourlegged

friends stop by a few times a year to visit the kids and

answer questions about both her dogs and her travels. She also

sends pictures and postcards from her travels throughout the

year.

“Sometimes this is the only way some of these kids will get a

chance to see faraway places,” Norton said.

One thing is for sure, this Packer proud family loves their

time together on the road — and they are always ready for the

next adventure.

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