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Under the sleeper berth provisions, a driver takes 7 hours in the sleeper berth & later takes an off-duty period of 3 hours before arriving at home. When the driver arrives home within the permissible hours, what rest is req’d to reset their "day clock"?

Frequently Asked Questions Relating to 2020 Changes to Hours of Service Regulations

Question 8

Q: Under the sleeper berth provisions, a driver takes 7 hours in the sleeper berth and later takes an off-duty period of 3 hours before arriving at home. When the driver arrives home within the permissible hours, what rest is required to reset their "day clock"?

A: In this specific scenario, the driver will need to take either: 1) at least 7 hours in the sleeper berth (continuing reliance on the sleeper berth provision), or 2) 10-consecutive hours off-duty. Both options would exclude the off-duty period of 3 hours from the 14-hour "driving window." The location of the off-duty period is not a factor in the calculation. This same principle applies, if, for example, the driver takes a 10-consecutive hour off-duty period at a hotel or a friend's home.

Regulatory Topic: Hours of Service
Published Date: Thursday, November 19, 2020
Issued Date: Thursday, November 19, 2020