What are Alberta's HOS Regulations?

    Audience Drivers
    Applies To Driver App




    We recommend you review the Hours of Service regulations on Alberta’s official Carrier Education website to ensure you have the most accurate and updated information: Alberta Carrier Education - Module 3 and/or read Alberta Regulation 317/2002.

    The Alberta Drivers' Hours of Service Regulation applies to carriers and drivers who operate the following vehicles only within Alberta:

    • Trucks, tractors, trailers, or a combination of these vehicles, have a registered gross weight or the actual weight of 11,794 kilograms or greater.
    • Commercial passenger vehicles (buses and vans) with a designed seating capacity of 11 or more passengers.

    Drivers operating under the Alberta regulations must adhere to the following HOS rules:

    • “Work Shift” (on-duty period) begins after at least 8 hours of off-duty time
    • 13-Hour Driving Time in a Work-Shift Rule - After a driver has accumulated 13 hours of driving time from the end of the most recent period of 8+ consecutive hours of off-duty time, the driver must take at least 8 consecutive hours of off-duty time before driving again.
    • 15-Hour On-duty in a Work-Shift Rule - ​​After a driver has accumulated 15 hours of on-duty time from the end of the most recent period of 8+ consecutive hours of off-duty time, the driver must take at least 8 consecutive hours of off-duty time before driving again
    • Work Shift Break Requirements: A driver may continuously drive a vehicle:
      • for up to 4 consecutive hours, if the driver takes at least 10 consecutive minutes off duty or non-driving time at the conclusion, or
      • for a period of time that exceeds the permitted time under clause (a), but does not exceed 6 consecutive hours, if at the conclusion of driving for that period of time the driver takes at least 30 consecutive minutes off duty or of non-driving time.
    • Off-Duty Time Reduction / Reduced Rest: Drivers have the option to reduce the 8 hours off-duty required to end a shift and start a new shift if they meet the following conditions:
      • Previous work shift did not exceed 15 hours
      • The number of hours that the driver is off-duty before the driver commences the next work shift may be reduced to not less than 4 hours
      • The total number of consecutive hours following the next work shift must be 8 hours plus the number of hours the driver reduced from the previous shift
      • A driver’s time off-duty using this provision may only be reduced once in any period of 7 consecutive days
      • For example, A driver reduces the 8-hour off-duty period to 4 hours. Prior to their next work shift, the driver must take at least 12 consecutive hours off-duty
      • See How to enable the Reduced Rest option in Driver App

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