Driver Hours of Service
Following are the basic log book standards that drivers at Jim Palmer
Trucking must follow:
- Exceeding 11 Hours Driving Time: No driver shall drive more
than 11 hours following at least 10 consecutive hours off duty.
- Continuous Sleeper Berth Provision: At least 10 consecutive
and uninterrupted hours in the sleeper berth.
- Rest Breaks: May drive only if 8 hours or less have passed since end of driverís last off-duty or
sleeper-berth period of at least 30 minutes.
[49 CFR 397.5 mandatory "in attendance"
time for hazardous materials may be included in break if no other duties performed]
- Driving (or allowing a driver to drive) more than 3 hours beyond the driving-time limit
may be considered an egregious violation and subject to the maximum civil penalties.
Also applies to passenger-carrying drivers.
There are actually 4 options for obtaining the 10 consecutive hours
- One would be the 10 continuous hours
off duty, unbroken by any other activity
- The second would be 10 consecutive hours
in the sleeper berth, unbroken by any other activity
- The third would be the sleeper berth
provision explained below
- The fourth would be the 10 consecutive
hours of combined sleeper berth/off duty time, unbroken by any on
duty time or driving time.
Sleeper Berth Provision:
- The equivalent of at least 10 consecutive
hours off-duty (equivalent means 2 rest periods, one of which must
be at least 8 but not more than 10 consecutive hours in the sleeper
berth, the other of which must be at least two consecutive hours
which can be off duty, sleeper berth or a combination of the two
When using the sleeper berth provision, one rest period must be
at least 8 consecutive hours in the sleeper berth, the other rest
period must be at least 2 consecutive hours which can be off duty,
sleeper berth or a combination of the two.
EXAMPLE: a driver can drive 6 hours take the 8-consecutive
hours in the sleeper and then drive 5 hours & then take the 2
consecutive hours which can be off duty or sleeper, but must be consecutive.
Please note that the 8 consecutive hours in the sleeper does not
count towards your 14 hours. But the 2 consecutive hours does.
Exceeding 14 Hours On Duty Time:
- No driver shall drive after having been
on duty 14 hours following 10 consecutive hours off duty. All time
spent working, other than driving, must be logged as on-duty not
driving time. This time, together with your driving time makes up
your total on-duty time.
Off-duty breaks during the day do not extend the workday to permit
a driver to drive after the 14th consecutive hour on duty. However,
time logged as off duty is not counted in calculating a driver's 70-hour
However, unbroken sleeper berth periods of at least 8 consecutive
hours are not counted in the 14-hour calculation. In addition, time
logged as off duty.....70-hour on-duty limit.
A sleeper-berth period of at least 8 consecutive hours is excluded
from calculation of the 14-hour limitation. All other sleeper berth
periods are included in the 14-hour calculation (unless part of a
sleeper-berth/off-duty combination of 10 or more consecutive hours).
Exceeding 70 hours in 8 Days:
- No driver shall drive after being on-duty 70 hours in any 8 consecutive days.
Drivers are allowed to work and drive 70 hours in an 8 day period. This is a combination of your
driving time (line 3) and your on-duty not driving time (line 4)
34-Hour Restart Option:
- The restart option allows a driver to start with 70 hours after taking 34 or more consecutive hour’s off-duty.
- This restart option is voluntary. It may be used, but is not required.
- This 34-hour restart option must be 34 consecutive hours of sleeper berth & off duty time.
- Drivers can not be driving or on-duty not driving, fueling, loading
unloading, drop & hook trailers, etc. when doing a 34-hour restart.
- Must include two periods from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m., home terminal time.
- May only be used once per week, 168 hours, measured from the beginning of the previous restart.