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National Peer Review on Hours-of-Service Compliance

This report involved a National Peer Review on Hours-of-Service (HOS) Compliance. The North Dakota State Patrol was the host state agency for the peer review. The Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute at North Dakota State University acted as a consultant to facilitate the peer review. The report documents information collected by a team of Federal and state motor carrier safety specialists from 10 states during site visits to 12 states in 1996. The information contained in this report provides valuable insights to various federal and state agencies and the motor carrier industry on key elements of a successful HOS compliance program.

Recognizing driver fatigue as a critical motor carrier safety issue, the OMC convened a national peer review to focus on HOS compliance. Since HOS regulations provide the framework for safe operating conditions that would minimize the impact of fatigue, HOS compliance was selected as the focus of the second national peer review. The success of the completed first peer review on out-of-service verification promised similar results for HOS compliance. The mission of the peer review is to identify effective HOS compliance programs as they are applied in selected states by state and federal agencies and to share these practices with other states. That information is hoped to greatly enhance HOS compliance programs and ultimately improve safety of motor carriers.

Seven HOS compliance elements were used to classify state practices including program management, roadside enforcement, compliance reviews, training, data analysis, technology, and industry outreach.

Final Report

Date: September 1997
Author: Ayman Smadi
Completed Report: DP-120

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