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Hours of Service 5.13 Patch 2 Release Notes

New Features and Enhancements

This version of the Hours of Service application will be released in both the United States and Canada. For a complete description of updates and fixes, Canadian users should review the Hours of Service 5.13 Patch 1 Release Notes in addition to the information below.

Updates in Support of FMCSA Rule Changes (U.S. Only)

This release of HOS 5.13 includes additional updates made in support of revised FMCSA Hours of Service rules that will take effect on September 29, 2020. The rules have been updated to allow greater flexibility for drivers without affecting their safety.

You can see the final rule on the FMCSA website. For information specific to the Hours of Service application, see FMCSA Rule Changes 9.2020.

Rules Engine Updates

The Hours of Service rules engine has been updated so that sleeper berth, rest break, and passenger rules and violations will be calculated according to the new rules as of 12:01 a.m. Eastern time on September 29, 2020. Prior to that time, rules and violations will be calculated according to the current regulations and clocks.

Sleeper Berth Pairing

When the new split sleeper berth rules are in effect, a Will Pair SB check box will be available on the Driver Portal, Driver Details, and Driver Summary windows. When this box is checked, the host displays the available hours the driver would have if they used the split sleeper berth option.

Email Alert Updates

Host users will now be alerted when a driver is running out of drive time due to the new rest break requirements. These alerts will assist host users when drivers are approaching an upcoming break requirement as well as when the driver is in violation of HOS rules. The alerts will be sent within 60 minutes and 30 minutes of a violation, and again when the driver is in violation.

Known Issue

Current versions of the host and mobile do not grant the split sleeper berth if the driver was in violation before the second portion of the split. The FMCSA, however, has confirmed that the split sleeper pairing should be granted even if the driver is in violation.

Please note that the mobile firmware supported by the Hours of Service application will be upgraded to correct this issue as part of an upcoming release. Users will be notified when the new mobile firmware has been scheduled for release.

The following firmware versions are affected:

  • IVG: DA1007R
  • MCP110/200: AA1831R
  • MCP50: AA1397R

IVG and MCP devices running the firmware versions listed above will not correctly calculate the available hours for the driver in this scenario. Drivers will have to manually calculate their available hours until their next 10-hour OFF or Sleeper Berth period resets the 8-, 11-, and 14-hour clocks.


Work Item Number Issue
OHOS-72 The Carrier name field in the Carrier tab now allows both periods and commas. Previously, users could not save their edits if the carrier name contained a comma.

eRODS file transfers from the host failed if the file had a driver location description that consisted of more than 50 characters. This issue has been resolved.

OHOS-3381 On rare occasions the mobile successfully created an eRODS file but the FMCSA validation failed because the first and last name of the host user who edited the log were missing from the file. This issue has been resolved.
OHOS-3564 The HOS rules engine has been updated so that violations will no longer be reported if a driver drives beyond the 14-hour limit even if the driver had a qualifying period of off-duty or sleeper berth that could be excluded from the 14-hour shift calculation. The clocks were calculated correctly but the violations were reported erroneously.
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