Course Information

This online course covers commercial driver Canada’s Federal Hours of Service regulations. These regulations specify daily driving and on-duty maximums, daily off-duty requirements and the driver’s shift length limits. The main focus of the regulations is to prevent fatigue-related accidents involving commercial vehicle drivers by limiting the hours a driver may drive, be on duty and complete their driving. The course will also cover how to main accurate records of duty status and vehicle inspection best practices.

Hours of Service Requirements (MTO)

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

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:

  • Driver’s name
  • Date
  • Name of the driver’s co-drivers, if any
  • Start time of the day being recorded, if the day does not start at midnight
  • Cycle that the driver is following
  • Odometer reading, at the start of the day
  • Number plate of each commercial motor vehicle to be driven and each trailer
  • Name of the operator
  • 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)
  • Start and end times for each duty status during the day
  • Location where the driver’s duty status changes
  • Total time spent in each duty status during the day
  • Odometer reading at the end of the day
  • Total distance driven by the driver
  • Driver’s signature

6. Daily log exemption:

A driver is not required to keep a daily log if the driver

  • Drives the commercial motor vehicle solely within a radius of 160 kilometers of the location at which the driver starts the day
  • Returns at the end of the day to the same location from which he or she started
  • Only works for one operator that day

If a driver is not required to keep a daily log, the operator shall keep a record for the day showing:

  • Date, driver’s name and the location where the driver starts and ends the day
  • Cycle that the driver is following
  • Hour at which each duty status starts and ends
  • Total number of hours spent in each duty status

For more details about the hours-of-service requirements, visit the MTO website at www.mto.gov.on.ca, or refer to the Highway Traffic Act at www.e-laws.gov.on.ca.

Modules Include

  • Module A: Legislation
  • Module B: Human Body Fatigue
  • Module C: Driver and Vehicle Regulations/Permits
  • Module D: Logs / Limits
  • Module E: Cycles
  • Module E: Emergencies
  • Module F: Inspections

Modules Details

Course Standards

Duration Time: Approximately 4 hours

Passing Grade: Testing is conducted to evaluate the knowledge acquired in this online course. Students are provided three opportunities to achieve a passing grade of 80% or greater.

Certificate: Upon successful completion, a certificate of completion will be available for download and printing. You can access your certificate through your online account.

What Will I Learn?

  • History of Federal Hours of Service legislation
  • Understanding the human body clock and its fatigue
  • When driving is prohibited
  • Vehicle regulations and exemptions
  • Logbooks and daily duty status categories
  • On-duty limits / off-duty requirements
  • Requirement for sleeper berth
  • Cycles: cycle limits, cycle resets, cycle switching
  • Special permits for vehicles
  • Emergency exemptions / adverse driving conditions
  • Out-of-service declarations
  • Vehicle inspections

This Course is For

This online training course is intended to help drivers and carriers understand and increase their knowledge of compliance with driving regulations in Canada.

System Requirements

This course is universally compatible on computers and mobile devices. The course is created using standards that will allow the online course to play on most internet capable devices with standard web browsing capabilities including smartphone and tablets.

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Includes

  • 4 hours on-demand (self-paced) course
  • Access on a computer and mobile device
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Supplemental materials necessary to complete this course can be accessed online.

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