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Hours of Service 5.13 Patch 1 Release Notes

These release notes describe the new features and software fixes that are part of the Hours of Service 5.13 patch release.

For previous release notes, refer to the Release Notes page.

New Features and Enhancements

Flash® No Longer Supported

As of December 2020, the Hours of Service application will no longer support Adobe® Flash®. Because of this, the driver portal has been updated to remove Flash®. The functionality of the windows has not changed, but you will see some differences in the user interface.

The images below compare the previous windows to the updated windows. You can select an image to see a larger version.

Login Window

Old Login Window New Login Window
Old login screen New login screen

Home Page

Old Home Page New Home Page
Old home screen New home screen

When you clock in or out from the updated home page, you will receive a message confirming your action:

Clock-In message

Clock-Out message

Driver Log Report Window

Note: The format and content of the reports will not change.

Old Report Window New Report Window
Old report screen New report screen


HOS Updates

Editing Manually Recorded Driving Events

Users can now edit manually recorded driving events in a driver's log. To edit an event, simply select the Edit icon next to it.

HOS Updates in Support of Upcoming FMCSA Rule Changes

In preparation for revised FMCSA Hours of Service rules that will take effect on September 29, 2020, the Hours of Service rules engine has been updated on the host and mobile to ensure that Hours of Service guidance follows the new sleeper berth and rest break requirements.

The updates to the rules engine will not require any action from drivers, and they will not take effect until the FMCSA changes begin on September 29. The Hours of Service application will also be updated to support these changes prior to September 29.

The following firmware versions support the FMCSA rule changes:

MCP110/200 AA1831R
MCP50 AA1397R

Below is a brief summary of the changes to sleeper berth and rest break. For more detailed information, please refer to the final rule on the FMCSA website.

Sleeper Berth Changes

  • Drivers using U.S. Federal Rules that allow them to split their 10-hour reset will be able to take their required 10 hours of off-duty time in two periods, as long as one off-duty period (whether in or out of the sleeper berth) is at least two hours long and the other involves at least seven consecutive hours spent in the sleeper berth. Neither qualifying period counts against the 14-hour duty clock.
  • The Passenger Rule will allow a co-driver to take a combination of Sleeper Berth time of at least seven consecutive hours and up to three hours riding in the passenger seat of a moving vehicle, either immediately before or after the Sleeper Berth time, amounting to at least 10 consecutive hours.

For drivers in Canada, the system will continue to calculate sleeper berth time based on Canadian sleeper berth regulations.

Rest Break Changes

Drivers using U.S. Federal rules will be able to take their 30-minute rest break while they are in any duty status other than Drive. In addition, they will only be required to take the rest break after eight cumulative hours of driving.

The qualifying 30-minute rest break can be a combination of any duty status other than Drive. Personal Conveyance and Yard Move will also qualify toward the rest break.

Known Issue

For drivers in the U.S., the Hours of Service rules engine will no longer grant the sleeper berth split if the driver exceeds either the 14-hour driving window or 11-hour maximum driving limits prior to the second period of Off Duty.


Work Item Number Issue
OHOS-44 When users enter an annotation in the Vehicles tab, they no longer receive a pop-up message reminding them of the minimum required number of characters (four) as they are entering the first three characters of their note.
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