What does Short Haul mean?

HomeGlossary of fleet termsWhat does Short Haul mean?

For Canadian truckers, short haul refers to a commercial vehicle operating within a relatively short distance of a home terminal during a day (i.e., up to 160 km) and returning to that home terminal at the end of each shift. This is in contrast to tractor-trailer units driven much farther, such as interstate, between cities or cross-border, known as long haul or OTR (over the road).

An example of a short haul trip could be a food and beverage delivery truck with a dozen customers to service in a single day, all in the same city or province.

Short haul drivers may be exempt from some Canadian HOS (Hours of Service) rules and using an electronic logging device (ELD).

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