Truck Driver Hours of Service in the United S


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Truck Driver Hours of Service in the United S

Truck drivers are regulated by law to drive, work, sleep, and stay off-work. The terms driving, on duty, off duty, & sleeping are used to define driver day to day activity. On duty is any time spent on performing work related activities other than driving such as pre trip inspection, loading, unloading or waiting for load. Off duty is any time spent on activities not directly related to the work such as break times and shower times. Sleeper birth refers when the driver is sleeping. Driving refer to when trucker is rolling on the road.
Drivers are required to complete a daily signed logbook and a trip inspection report containing day to day activities including hours of sleep, driving, on duty, off-duty, total mils/kms driving, date, truck or tractor and trailer number, carrier name, and co-driver name if there is a one. Logbook is not required for city drivers staying within 160km radius of their base terminal but daily trip inspection is always required.

Rules related to hours of service in the USA:
Drivers may drive a maximum of 11 hours after 10 consecutive hours off duty.*
* A Driver may not drive beyond the 14th hour after coming on duty, following 10 consecutive hours off duty.*
* A driver may not drive after 60/70 hours on duty in 7/8 consecutive days.*
* A driver may restart a 7/8 consecutive day period after taking 34 or more consecutive hours off duty. *
* CMV drivers using the sleeper berth provision must take at least 8 consecutive hours in the sleeper berth, plus 2 consecutive hours either in the sleeper berth, off duty, or any combination of the two.*


Drivers of property-carrying CMVs which do not require a Commercial Driver's License for operation and who operate within a 150 air-mile radius of their normal work reporting location:
* A driver may drive a maximum of 11 hours after coming on duty following 10 or more consecutive hours off duty.*
* Are not required to keep records-of-duty status (RODS).*
* May not drive after the 14th hour after coming on duty 5 days a week or after the 16th hour after coming on duty 2 days a week.*
* May not drive after the 14th hour after coming on duty 5 days a week or after the 16th hour after coming on duty 2 days a week.

Employer: Maintain and retain accurate time records for a period of 6 months showing the time the duty period began, ended, and total hours on duty each day in place of RODS.


Refer to FMCSA - Hours-of-Service Regulations website for updaes.

Posted: 2007-11-13

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