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When must a driver take a 30-minute break?

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

Question 16

Q: When must a driver take a 30-minute break?

A: After 8-cumulative hours of driving without at least a 30-minute break.

Does the 30-minute break have to be consecutive?

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

Question 17

Q: Does the 30-minute break have to be consecutive?

A: Yes. But, drivers may use different non-driving statuses (off-duty, sleeper berth, or on-duty not driving) to add up to the 30-consecutive minutes. For example, a driver could use 10 minutes of off-duty time, followed by 20 minutes to fuel the truck and fill out paperwork (on- duty, not driving time...

May a driver use yard moves to satisfy the 30-minute break requirement?

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

Question 20

Q: May a driver use yard moves to satisfy the 30-minute break requirement?

A: Yes. If the yard move is part of a 30-consecutive minute break, because this time would also be on-duty, not driving.