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Hours of Service Compliance Manual; Freight Operations

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Hours of Service
This manual provides clarification on hours of service requirements found in the HSL, Title 49 CFR Part 228, Hours of Service Recordkeeping, and FRA hours of service interpretations and policies. Because of the amount of guidance that exists to address the complexity of hours of service requirements, along with the diversity of railroad operations, it is necessary to provide comprehensive guidance and consolidate the majority of this information into one manual to ensure standardized application and compliance. This manual is not intended to be the primary reference document for hours of service requirements; the HSL, Title 49 CFR Part 228, FRA Operating Practices Technical Bulletins, and official FRA letters addressing hours of service issues will remain the primary reference documents when dealing with Federal hours of service requirements. This manual also is not intended to apply to intercity passenger and commuter rail operations; a separate compliance manual exists to address the different hours of service requirements for those types of operations
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Last updated: Friday, December 6, 2013
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