Information on how Taxi/Deadhead affects your Hours of Service
When within the limits of 24 round-the clock taxi services, you should expect to be in a taxi no later than the expiration of your Hours of Service. This includes Alliance Terminal, or other locations where yard taxis routinely pick up and drop off crews in and around the terminal. Alliance Terminal extends to cover general switching limits (MP 357, Birdsell, Swepco, Third Street, Letan, and so forth). Grand Island would be another example of a 24-hour round-the-clock taxi service, as long as you are within range of the limits of the taxi. Here are some other examples: Guernsey Yard, Sterling Yard and Edgemont Yard (including the General Switching Limits). If you are not relieved and in a taxi on your hours, you should write up a document and forward it to this union's office for processing with the FRA. Train Symbol, Lead Unit, On duty time, crew members, arrival time and MP where you are picked up by the taxi, and tie up time.
If you are going to be relieved by an assigned taxi outside of a 24-hour round-the-clock taxi service, the only time that matters is when your assigned taxi departs the beginning location for transport. As long as that taxi is en-route before your expiration of the hours of service, the FRA does not consider this an hours of service violation. However, if you do notice an empty taxi passing your location while waiting for transportation, try to determine if that taxi is on a call and it's destination. If this taxi is called to relieve a crew that has more time to work than yourself, we will argue that this empty taxi should have been diverted to relieve your crew and another taxi ( such as the one initially called for your relief ) can be diverted to the crew with more time to work. Again, you should write up a document and forward it to this union office for processing with the FRA. Train Symbol, Lead Unit, On duty time, crew members, arrival time, MP where you are picked up by the taxi, and tie up