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MCC AAC MOTOR COACH CANADA L’ASSOCIATION DES AUTOCARISTES CANADIENS Driver Hours of Service Rules For everyone’s safety… A motor coach driver’s hours of service are strictly regulated by Federal and Provincial laws. 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 seven or 14-day period. Canada’s Driver Hours of Service Rules Have Changed Major changes have been made to Canada’s regulations. Under the new rules, drivers are still allowed to drive for 13 hours in a work shift, however, there is an increase in the minimum daily off-duty time from 8 hours to 10 hours. The minimum break between work shifts remains 8 hours, however under no circumstances can the 8-hour shift break be shortened as it could under the previous rules. Another important change is the 16-hour limit on the length of the driver’s work shift. After 16 hours has elapsed since the driver started work, the driver cannot drive a bus again until 8 consecutive hours of off-duty time. The new rules also introduce new weekly and bi-weekly cycles, minimum cycle reset times, and mandate that drivers have at least one full day (24-hours) off in the preceding 14 days. If these limits are exceeded… The driver and the bus company can be charged and fined, threatening the bus company’s operating privileges. The driver can be placed “out of service” at a roadside inspection. Also, the new rules make the user of the transportation service responsible for compliance and subject to prosecution in cases where the driver is requested, required or allowed to exceed the allowable limit. How will anyone find out? Drivers’ logbooks can be examined at any time during a trip by police or government transportation enforcement officers. Audits of driver and company records at the bus company’s premises will detect hours of service violations. Reminder to Tour Operators and Tour Directors… Please don’t ask your driver to break the law by exceeding these limits. After all, the safety of your group is the number one priority! In addition, you can be charged under the law for a driver’s hours of service violation. Note: The above information is only a brief overview of the hours of service regulations. The rules governing driver hours of service in both countries are complex and to ensure compliance, reference must be made to the official statutes and regulations for both countries. For further information, contact info@motorcoachcanada.com. 12 Tour & Travel Canada

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Tour & Travel Canada 2009

Tour & Travel Canada 2009
Contents
Message from the Chairman of the Management Board of Motor Coach Canada
Canadian Provincial/Territorial Carrier Requirements and Contact Information
Provincial Tourism Marketing Offices
Driver Hours of Service Rules
U.S. Passport Rule
Border Crossing Information for Visitors to Canada Arriving by Motor Coach
Canadian Immigration and Customs Contact Numbers and General Information
American Drivers and Tour Directors Working in Canada
Parks Canada National Parks and Historic Sites of Canada
Manitoba Lotteries
British Columbia Lotteries
Distances Between Major Cities
Tour Operator Listings
Coach Operator Listings
Feature: Going Green Why Motorcoach Travel is Good for Your Wallet—and Our Planet!
Welcome to Canada
Prince Edward Island
Nova Scotia
New Brunswick
Newfoundland & Labrador
Québec
Ontario
Manitoba
Saskatchewan
Alberta
British Columbia
Yukon, Northwest Territories & Nunavut
Welcome to the United States
U.S. New England
U.S. Middle Atlantic
U.S. South
U.S. Midwest
U.S. Southwest
U.S. West

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