Accidents involving commercial trucks are often catastrophic. There are federal trucking regulations in place to prevent as many of these accidents as possible. One of the regulations that truckers must abide by is hours of service. This regulation is intended to prevent truck accidents caused by truck drivers becoming too tired to operate their rig safely on the road. Here is a “by-the-numbers” look at the regulation, with information provided by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
11: Drivers carrying property are allowed to drive a maximum of 11 hours, provided these hours are preceded by 10 hours off duty.
14: The number of consecutive hours a property-carrying driver is allowed to be on duty following 10 hours of off duty time. “On duty” time includes driving as well as time involved in loading or unloading cargo, the inspection process, non-driving time spent in the truck (with the exception of rest time in the sleeper), time spent performing work for the carrier or compensated work for a non-carrier business.
60/70: A property-carrying truck driver can drive no more than 60 hours in any seven consecutive days or 70 hours in any 8 consecutive days.
34: The minimum number of hours a property-carrying truck driver must have off duty before restarting his or her 7/8 day consecutive period.
10: The number of hours that a driver of a passenger-carrying commercial vehicle is allowed to drive, following 8 hours off-duty.
15: The driver of a passenger-carrying commercial vehicle cannot be on duty for more than 15 hours following a full 8 hour period off duty.
8: The number of hours a driver using the sleeper berth provision must spend in the sleeper berth. Passenger carrying drivers may split the time between two periods provided neither is under two hours long. Property carrying drivers must have an additional two hours either in the sleeper berth or off duty.
Recently, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration suspended a rule requiring that off duty time must include two periods between the hours of 1 am to 5 am during each consecutive 7/8 day restart.
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