Canada Hours of Service Training Module 1: Basics BIS



Canada Hours of Service Training Module 1: Basics


Time is limited. No one can add a minute to an hour, day, or week. For professional drivers, time is further limited by the hours-of-service regulations. The purpose of the hours-of-service regulations is to keep tired drivers off the road. After many hours behind the wheel, fatigue sets in, and it can lead to bad decisions and deadly crashes. For the safety of all drivers, compliance with the hours-of-service regulations is required of commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers.

The Canada Hours of Service Training curriculum will help drivers and carriers to be compliant while maximizing the available hours through a full understanding of how the limits affect safety and productivity.

It’s important for drivers to understand what it means to be regulated. Being regulated means a governmental agency is watching each driver and their safe behaviors—or lack of them. Even if you’re not keeping score, they are. Hours-of-service violations can have a negative effect on driver and carrier profiles. Some studies suggest that operating tired is like operating under the influence of drugs or alcohol. It’s dangerous for everyone on the road.

Canada Hours of Service Training: Basics is designed to cover the fundamentals of hours-of-service regulations and what it means to be regulated. Drivers will learn what types of activities they are expected to keep track of, and which are considered on-duty or off-duty. They will learn the importance of tracking rest cycles and the amount of work they’ve completed, which will help them determine if they are safe and legal to drive.

Intended Audience: CMV Drivers Operating in Canada
Reg Covered: SOR/2005-313


The eLearning course covers the following topics:

  • Who is Regulated?
    • Definition of a CMV
    • Driver and Carrier Responsibility
      • Shared responsibility
      • Shared consequences
  • Purpose of the Hours-of-Service Regulations
    • Keep Fatigued Drivers Off the Road
    • Reduce the Number of Fatigue-Related Crashes
  • Working Time
    • On-Duty Time
    • Off-Duty Time
      • Exceptions to On Duty
    • Tracking Duty Time
      • Limits for the Workshift
      • Limits for the Day
      • Regulations Measure the Driver’s Ability to Get Rest (not actual rest)
  • Your Impact on Hours-of-Service Compliance
    • Hours-of-Service Violations
      • Who’s Held Accountable?


After completing this training course, learners will be able to:

  • Identify who the hours-of-service regulations apply to
  • Recognize the purpose of the hours-of-service regulations
  • Differentiate between on-duty and off-duty activities
  • Explain how hours-of-service violations affect driver abstracts and carrier profiles

Approximately 18 minutes


Testing conducted throughout this online course is designed to reinforce  the information presented. A mark of 80% must be achieved in order to pass this course. The course is able to be taken three times in efforts to achieve the pass mark.


Upon successful completion of this online course, a certificate of completion will be available for download and printing.