How the Changes to the DOT HOS Rules Deal with the Mandatory 30-Minute Break. As of midnight, Eastern Standard Time (EST) , the mandatory 30-minute break required before eight hours of driving can now be considered on-duty, not driving time.

How does the 3/7 split work?

Even on the internet boards, where truckers jaw about their issues of the day, questions on the 7/3 split are common. Essentially for a 7/3 split, a driver has to stay in the sleeper berth for seven hours, and then spend another three hours relaxing somehow, or even going back into the berth.

What is the 30-minute rule?

According to the FMCSA’s 30-Minute Break Rule, a driver has a window of 8 hours to drive after their last off-duty period of at least 30 minutes. In the old rule, once a driver went on-duty in a day, the driver had to take a 30-minute break by the 8th hour before being allowed to drive again.

Can you do a 3 7 Split?

Team Driving Flexibility

They can do 7 and 3 instead. Up to 3 hours in the passenger seat of a moving commercial motor vehicle, immediately before or after 7-consecutive hours in the sleeper berth, can be logged as off-duty time for a 10-consecutive hour break.

How does a split break work?

The split sleeper berth rule allows a truck driver to extend a shift by splitting the required 10 consecutive hours of off-duty time into two shifts. This means that drivers can adjust their schedules for longer hauls or warehouse hours by “dropping in” a rest break to comply with driving hour limitations.

Does 8 hrs in the sleeper berth reset your 14?

Those 8 hours in the sleeper berth do not count as part of the 14 hours. This means that the driver only used 7 of their 14 hours so far, and their 14- hour limit gets extended to 5:00 a.m. the next morning (original 9:00 p.m. limit plus 8 hours).

Can you go off duty while loading?

Drivers should be familiar with their company policies and procedures as long as they do not conflict with FMCSA HOS rules. The driver can use personal conveyance even while loaded when off-duty to find a hotel, a restaurant, go to the gym, or even to drive home.

What is the 8 hour rule?

Drivers must take a 30-minute break when they have driven for a period of 8 cumulative hours without at least a 30-minute interruption. The break may be satisfied by any non-driving period of 30 consecutive minutes (i.e., on-duty not driving, off-duty, sleeper berth, or any combination of these taken consecutively).

Can you drive for 6 hours without a break?

What is the 6 hour rule? In short the 6 hour rule is: A driver may not WORK (That means both driving & other work) for more than 6 hours at once without taking a break. Before working beyond the 6 hours you must have taken a break of at least 15 minutes.

How long should you drive before taking a break?

If working for more than 9 hours you will need to take a break totalling 45 minutes. All working time breaks can be split into periods of at least 15 minutes. A driver must not work (including driving) for more than 6 hours without a break.

How many 15 hour days can a HGV driver do?

three 15-hour days

An HGV driver must rest for a minimum of nine hours within a 24-hour period up to three times a week, which allows them to work three 15-hour days in the same week.

Can you split sleeper berth 5 and 5?

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has proposed a pilot program to evaluate even more flexible sleeper-berth split options in the hours of service rules. The pilot program would study allowing commercial motor vehicle drivers to split their required 10-hour rest period into a 6/4 split and a 5/5 split.

Does going off duty stop your clock?

Drivers can pause the 14-hour clock today

This is known as the “split sleeper-berth” option, and it works like this: The driver must take a break of at least 2 consecutive hours sometime during the day. The break must be spent off duty or in a sleeper berth (or using a combination of the two).

How often do truckers take breaks?

every five hours

Under California law, truckers must take a 30-minute off-duty rest break for every five hours worked and a 10-minute off-duty break for every four-hour period.

How many hours can a trucker drive in a day in Canada?

A driver must have 10 hours off-duty in a day. A driver cannot drive more than 13 hours in a day. A driver cannot drive after 14 hours on-duty in a day.

How many hours can truckers drive?

The drivers’ hours rules puts a daily limit of 9 hours of driving between daily/weekly rest periods. The daily limit can however be increased to a maximum of 10 hours driving in a day but only twice in any one week.

Does POA count as working time?

There is no ‘opt-out’ for individuals wishing to work longer than an average 48-hour week, but breaks and ‘periods of availability’ do not count as working time. Generally speaking, a period of availability ( POA ) is waiting time, the duration of which must be known in advance.

Can a HGV driver work 2 Saturdays in a row?

The Fortnightly Drive Rule

You can drive no more than 90 hours within 2 consecutive weeks. This is any 2 weeks together, and the rolling total must not exceed 90 hours.