Hours of Service Rules

(Updated March 2017)

Hours of Service Rules for Property Carrying Drivers

11-Hour Driving Limit

  • May drive a maximum of 11 hours after 10 consecutive hours off duty.

14-Hour Limit

  • May not drive beyond the 14th consecutive hour after coming on duty, following 10 consecutive hours off duty. Off-duty time does not extend the 14-hour period.

Rest Breaks

  • May drive only if 8 hours or less have passed since the end of driver’s last off-duty or sleeper berth period of at least 30 minutes. Does not apply to drivers using either of the short-haul exceptions in 395.1(e). [49 CFR 397.5 mandatory “in attendance” time may be included in break if no other duties are performed]

60/70-Hour Limit

  • May not drive after 60/70 hours on duty in 7/8 consecutive days. A drive may restart a 7/8 day consecutive day period after taking 34 or more consecutive hours off duty.

*Suspended Rule*

The requirement for two off-duty periods of 1:00 am to 5:00 am in section 395.3(c) of the Agency’s hours of service rules will not be enforced, nor will the once per week limit on the use of the restart in 395.3(d).

Sleeper Berth Provision

  • Drivers using the sleeper berth provision must take at least 8 consecutive hours in the sleeper berth, plus a separate 2 consecutive hours either in the sleeper berth, off duty, or any combination of the two.

Hours of Service Rules for Passenger Carrying Drivers

10-Hour Driving Limit

  • May drive a maximum of 10 hours after 8 consecutive hours off duty.

15-Hour Limit

  • May not drive after having been on duty for 15 hours, following 8 consecutive hours off duty. Off duty time is not included in the 15-hour period.

60/70-Hour Limit

  • May not drive after 60/70 hours on duty in 7/8 consecutive days.

Sleeper Berth Provision

  • Drivers using a sleeper berth must take at least 8 hours in the sleeper berth, and may split the sleeper berth time into two periods provided neither is less than two hours.

 

Source: 49 CFR 395

 

 

 

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