June 4th, 2015 | Truck Driving

When you work as a professional truck driver, federal regulations affect when and how you can drive. It is important to understand these regulations before you start working to do your job effectively. Keep reading to learn about the new truck driver rest regulations that you will have to follow once you start working in the industry:

Who It Affects

Anyone driving a commercial motor vehicle or a CMV vehicle must abide by the federal rest regulations. CMV vehicles are those that are used for business purposes that travel across state lines and weight 10,001 pounds or more, transport 16 or more passengers not for compensation or 9 or more passengers for compensation, or transport hazardous materials.

Driving Limits

Truck drivers are allowed to drive for 11 consecutive hours as long as they have spent 10 consecutive hours off the road. Drivers are not allowed to drive longer than 14 consecutive hours on a shift that follows 10 consecutive hours off duty. Drivers must also take at least 8 hours between shifts.

Suspension of Reset Rules

The government recently suspended the previously enacted 34-hour rest rule. This rule originally stated that drivers must take 34 hours or more off duty after driving 60/70 hours in 7/8 days. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will study how the rule affects drivers and the trucking industry before deciding whether or not to remove it from the official Hours of Service Regulations. The government might also decide to keep the rule but modify it to ensure that drivers are safe without negatively affecting the industry as a whole.
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