Driver fatigue is one of the leading causes of trucking accidents. Due to the long distances travelled by truck drivers, and the long hours spent driving, federal regulations were enacted to ensure drivers are well rested while on the road. These regulations define how long drivers are allowed to drive in one stretch, provide for required breaks and rest periods for drivers, and require record keeping of driving and rest time.
Hours of Service of Truck Drivers
With some exceptions, generally a commercial driver can only drive 11 hours in one day after 10 hours off duty. Truck drivers must take a 30 minute break for every eight hours of continuous driving, and a driver can only be “on duty” for 14 hours in a given 24 hour period. Drivers are not permitted to driver more than 60 hours in a week or 70 hours in any eight-day period. Drivers are required to track their driving and resting with a daily log book.
The full regulations pertaining to hours of service can be found below.
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