Canada Hours of Service Training Module 3: Limits North of 60th Parallel BIS



Canada Hours of Service Training Module 3: Limits North of 60th Parallel



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.

The hours-of-service rules don’t generally limit how much work a driver can do, but they do prevent drivers from driving once the limits are reached. There are limits that measure the total hours of on-duty or work time and when the driver’s duty day begins. There are also limits that track how many hours of driving have occurred.

There are two rulesets in Canada: rules for operating south of latitude 60°N, or the 60th parallel, and rules for operating north of latitude 60°N. This training includes the rules for drivers operating north of 60°N.

The limits, rules, or “clocks” as they are referred to, track either a consecutive or a cumulative period of time in a workshift. You need to understand how all the limits or clocks work together, so you aren’t operating a commercial vehicle when you are fatigued.

Canada Hours of Service Training: Limits North of 60th Parallel is designed to help drivers operating north of 60°N comply with the hours-of-service limits by ensuring they understand how each of the limits or clocks work together. It will also help them to avoid operating a commercial motor vehicle when fatigued by knowing when to take a break and when to rest to restart their hours.

Intended Audience: CMV Drivers Operating in Canada

Reg Covered: SOR/2005-313


The eLearning course covers the following topics:

  • Ill or Fatigued Operator
    • Causes of Fatigue
    • Only the Driver Knows When They’re Fatigued
      • Communicating fatigue to carrier
    • Regulations Prohibit Fatigued Operation
  • Workshift Limits
    • 20-Hour Elapsed Time
      • What Is the 20-Hour Elapsed Time?
      • Time Used and Time Available (Example)
    • 15-Hour (Driving) Limit
      • What Is the 15-Hour Limit?
      • Time Used and Time Available (Example)
    • 18-Hour (On-Duty) Limit
      • What Is the 18-Hour On-Duty Limit?
      • Time Used and Time Available (Example)
      • Off Duty Time
      • What Is the Minimum Off-Duty Period to Reset a Workshift?
      • 24 Consecutive Off Duty in Previous 14 Days
  • 80- and 120-Hour (On-Duty) Cycle Limit
    • What Are the 80- and 120-Hour Cycles?
    • Time Used and Time Available
  • Cycle Restarts
    • What Are the Cycle Restarts?
    • Cycle Switching
    • Restarts are not Mandatory
  • After completing this training course, learners will be able to:
    • Recognize how fatigue requires drivers to stop driving even if they have hours left to legally operate
    • Describe how the 20-hour window is calculated
    • Identify which duty status the 15-hour limit tracks
    • Explain how the 18-hour limit is calculated
    • Identify off-duty requirements
    • Describe the 80 hour/7 day cycle and the 120 hour/14 day cycle
    • Recognize the restart period for each cycle

Approximately 30 minutes


Pass mark 80%


Certificate of completion.