2004 HOS Changes

Beginning 1/4/04 the new HOS rules will go into effect. In order to comply with these new rules it is necessary to change your rule set. FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS to make the transition to the new rules.

THE PROGRAM WILL AUTOMATICALLY CHECK YOUR RULE SET ON 1/4/04 AND WILL TELL YOU IF THE RULE SET NEEDS TO BE CHANGED.

Click YES and the program will convert your default ruleset (ruleset #0) to the new rules.

SPLIT SHIFTS - you will be asked if you use Split Sleeper Shifts be sure you understand split sleeper breaks and rules before you answer this question.

This is how your rule set will look when it's completed.

Note: these instructions are for the standard rules and a 70hr-8day week. If you work different hours or want different rules enter the appropriate numbers.

Once this is done you just need to be sure that you have the correct Rule Set active in your STATUS settings.

If you use Split Shifts click the Allow Split Shifts box. If you don't leave this box blank.

USE CANADIAN OR PRE 2004 HOS RULE CHANGE

If you are a Canadian user, or if you need to use the Pre2004 rules for some other reason check this box. Because of the changes implemented for the new HOS you MUST TELL THE PROGRAM if you want it to use the pre2004 rules.  Simply changing the hours without checking this box will result in program errors and your logs will not be checked correctly.

SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS - IMPORTANT READ THESE NOTES

The Status Box - and your 14 hours.

Due to the new 14 hour On Duty rule and the new SPLIT SHIFT rules the program must wait for the following entry before it can determine whether a sleeper berth period should be counted towards your 14 hours On Duty or not.

Because of this we have added a Split Shift box to the rule set settings. IF YOU USE SPLIT SHIFTS check this box. If you don't do split shifts then leave this box unchecked. If the box is checked the program will assume that the sleeper period is going to count as Off Duty (not be counted in the 14 hours). The program will then not count a sleeper entry in calculating the 14 hours used and remaining. If when you enter the next sleeper period if that period does not qualify (previous + current sleeper must equal or exceed 10 hours) then the lesser of the sleeper periods will be added to the 14 hours on duty. This  may cause a violation that was not previously shown! Be sure you understand the split shift rules before you start logging split shifts.

There are some other new features in the 2004 UPDATE.

While the new rules may seem confusing at first, if you'll use the Log Master to maintain your logs, and to plan out your day in advance you will be able to maximize your productivity and avoid any violations.