In both Canada, commercial drivers can drive a certain distance each day in their vehicle without having the time count against their limits. This personal use of the vehicle is commonly referred to as personal conveyance, and here are the rules for drivers in Canada as taken directly from Canada’s Commercial Vehicle Drivers Hours of Service Regulations, SOR/2005-313:
On-duty and driving time do not include the use of the vehicle if the following conditions are met:
- The vehicle is not used in the course of the business of the motor carrier,
- The vehicle has been unloaded,
- Any trailers have been unhitched,
- The distance travelled does not exceed 75 km in a day,
- The driver had recorded in the record of duty status the odometer reading at the beginning and at the end of the personal use, and
- The driver is not the subject of an out-of-service declaration.
Never abuse personal conveyance; it isn’t there to get you the last couple of miles down the road.