Thursday, November 29, 2007, 23:22 - Stuff
Posted by Administrator
There are a lot of 'truckstop lawyers'
who will tell you things about the HOS (Hours Of Service)
regulations that will get you in a lot of trouble. The DOT (Department Of Transportation)
takes HOS very
We are allowed to be on duty 70 hours over the previous 8 days. The right column on this sample log book page shows my hours for the last 7 days. They are added up and subtracted from 70. The result is how many hours I have available today. It's a revolving total. Tomorrow the hours on line 1 (7.75) will drop off, the other hours move up one line & the hours I worked today (10.50) will be put on line 7.
If I'm off duty for 34 straight hours everything resets to zero & I have 70 hours available again.
I'm allowed to drive up 11 hours in a shift. The moment I go on duty the '14 hour clock' starts. After 14 hours count down I can no longer drive, regardless of how much I have driven. In this sample, my 14 hour clock ran out at 1730 (5:30 PM). On some days you spend all day at a shipper and are lucky to get 100 miles in.
The only way to reset the 14 hour clock is to be off duty for 10 continuous hours. This period must consist of 8 continuous hours in the sleeper berth & 2 continuous hours of any combination of sleeper berth & off duty. In this example I can go on duty 45 minutes after midnight.
Only a truck driver would work 70 hours a week & cheat to get more!