Driver Hours of Service

Following are the basic log book standards that drivers at Jim Palmer Trucking must follow:

  1. Exceeding 11 Hours Driving Time: No driver shall drive more than 11 hours following at least 10 consecutive hours off duty.
  2. Continuous Sleeper Berth Provision: At least 10 consecutive and uninterrupted hours in the sleeper berth.
  3. 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]
  4. 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 off:

  • 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 on-duty limit.

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.