Should law enforcement discover that a driver has contravened the HOS regulations, they would have
the authority to impound the truck for 10 or 34 hours, depending on the HOS guidelines, and fine the
driver or their employer. The fine can go up to $16,000 or higher, up to $75,000, if the shipment contains
hazardous material. Furthermore, the driver's CSA score or the employer's safety rating may be lowered.
If a truck driver violates the HOS regulations and is involved in an accident, they and/or their employer
could be found negligent for breaking federal laws to keep everyone on the road safe. As a result, they
could be held accountable for any damages resulting from the incident, which could be in the hundreds
of thousands or even millions of dollars, given the severity of injuries in commercial truck accidents. It is
crucial to consider the HOS rules when giving trips to truck drivers to comply with the law and ensure
everyone's safety, including the truck drivers.