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adverse driving conditions

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

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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...

If it only takes an hour for a driver to get through the adverse driving conditions, do they still get to use the full 2 hours of the exception?

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

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Q: If it only takes an hour for a driver to get through the adverse driving conditions, do they still get to use the full 2 hours of the exception?

A: No. Drivers are allowed up to an additional two hours. If it only took an hour for the driver to get through the adverse driving condition, then that is all the additional time the driver is...

May a driver use the adverse driving conditions provision even if the adverse conditions have cleared when the driver arrives at the location where the condition occurred?

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

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Q: May a driver use the adverse driving conditions provision even if the adverse conditions have cleared when the driver arrives at the location where the condition occurred?

A: Yes, but only if the adverse driving condition inhibited a driver's ability to proceed. For example, if a rock slide blocks the road and causes traffic to back-up, and the rock...

Are drivers required to annotate an adverse driving condition they encountered on their electronic logging device (ELD)?

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

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Q: Are drivers required to annotate an adverse driving condition they encountered on their electronic logging device (ELD)?

A: Yes. A driver is required to annotate the use of the adverse driving conditions exception on the electronic logging device under 49 CFR Section 395.28(c). If the roadside officer can prove there was no adverse driving condition...

May the adverse driving conditions exception be used in concert with the revised short-haul provisions?

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

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Q: May the adverse driving conditions exception be used in concert with the revised short-haul provisions?

A: Yes. However, if the adverse driving condition caused the driver to not return to the normal work reporting location within 14 hours, a record of duty status would need to be completed for that day.