Truck Driver Hours of Service Regulations
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drowsy driving was responsible for 4,121 collisions between 2011 and 2015, including those involving large commercial trucks.
Truck drivers have a difficult job, spending a lot of time on the road and living under the constant pressure of strict delivery deadlines. This tempts many truckers to persist past the point of exhaustion, jeopardizing their safety and the welfare of everyone else traveling America's roadways. As a result, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration limits their work hours.
Federal Hours of Service Rules
Federal hours of service rules don’t limit the number of miles driven in a single day, but they do restrict the amount of time truck operators may spend on the road:
- Truckers cannot be on duty for more than 14 hours during any 24-hour period. They are limited to 11 hours of driving after spending 10 consecutive hours off duty, at least eight of which must be spent in the sleeper berth.
- Commercial truck drivers are limited to driving no more than 60 hours per seven days, and a maximum of 70 hours within eight days. Drivers must then spend a minimum of 34 consecutive hours off duty before they're permitted to drive again.
- Truckers are required to take a break of at least 30 consecutive minutes for every eight hours of continuous driving.
Driving Too Many Hours
Many trucking companies offer drivers great incentives to delivery more quickly, such as being paid extra per mile. This often encourages truckers to drive while they're exhausted; use stimulants in an effort to stay awake; and speed in order to cover more ground faster.
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