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What is a "qualifying rest break or sleeper berth period" under the definition of adverse driving conditions?

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

Question 11

Q: What is a "qualifying rest break or sleeper berth period" under the definition of adverse driving conditions?

A: A qualifying rest break or sleeper berth period is either the sleeper berth period of at least 7 hours or the rest period of at least 2 hours in the sleeper berth or off-duty as described under the sleeper berth exception, as well as any...

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...

If a driver takes 3 hours off-duty and then 10 consecutive hours in the sleeper berth, will the 3 hours count against the driver's 14-hour "driving window"?

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

Question 7

Q: If a driver takes 3 hours off-duty and then 10 consecutive hours in the sleeper berth, will the 3 hours count against the driver's 14-hour "driving window"?

A: No. Any off-duty period of 2 hours or more may be paired with a sleeper berth period that is 7 hours or more, provided the two periods total at least 10 hours when added together. As these...

A driver takes 5 consecutive hours off-duty and later takes a 7-hour consecutive break in the sleeper berth. How is this time calculated for HOS compliance?

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

Question 6

Q: A driver takes 5 consecutive hours off-duty and later takes a 7-hour consecutive break in the sleeper berth. How is this time calculated for HOS compliance?

A: Both the 5-hour off duty and the 7-hour sleeper berth breaks are eligible periods that, when paired, qualify for the split sleeper berth provision, as they meet the 2-minimum hours off-duty and...

May a 10-consecutive hour off-duty period be paired with a subsequent qualifying 7+-consecutive hour sleeper berth period?

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

Question 5

Q: May a 10-consecutive hour off-duty period be paired with a subsequent qualifying 7+-consecutive hour sleeper berth period?

A: No. A 10-hour off-duty period cannot be paired for use of the split-sleeper provision. At the completion of a 10-hour off-duty period, the driver has reset both the 11- and 14-hour "clocks."

How are split sleeper berth rest periods used in determining compliance with the 14-hour "driving window" rule?

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

Question 4

Q: How are split sleeper berth rest periods used in determining compliance with the 14-hour "driving window" rule?

A: Off-duty and sleeper berth rest periods that qualify for the split sleeper berth provision are excluded from the 14-hour "driving window" when the rest periods are properly paired. When more than a single pairing of rest periods is...

What if a driver is stopped for a roadside inspection after having taken only one rest period that qualifies for the split sleeper berth provision?

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

Question 3

Q: What if a driver is stopped for a roadside inspection after having taken only one rest period that qualifies for the split sleeper berth provision?

A: If there is a rest period under the split sleeper berth provision that could be taken at some point in the future that would allow the driver to be in compliance, then the roadside inspector should not...

What rest periods qualify for the split sleeper berth provision?

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

Question 2

Q: What rest periods qualify for the split sleeper berth provision?

A: Truck drivers using the split sleeper berth provision under the hours-of- service (HOS) rule may take a period of at least 7-consecutive hours in the sleeper berth and a period of at least 2-consecutive hours off-duty, provided that, when the two periods are paired, they total at...