Split Sleeper Rules

The driver is tired and falls asleep for seven hours in the bunk. The 14-hour clock is effectively stopped while the driver sleeps. So when he wakes up at 10 p.m., he still has nine of his 14 hours of service left and can drive up to eight hours during that time. The driver must also complete three hours of rest remaining (including the required 10 hours) before they can begin a new 14-hour service window. Disclaimer – Rules and regulations are subject to change at any time. Readers should check with the authority of the FMCSA/MTO and should not rely on the content of this blog. It turns out that it is this 10-hour break that is essential to understand the rule of the divided sleeping place. Essentially, the split berth rule is a limited exception to the requirement that drivers count 10 consecutive hours of rest to reset their significant time limits. In other words, shared sleeping space allows drivers to divide that 10-hour break into a few different periods during the day while resetting their essential operating hours. We have therefore made it our mission to develop a clear and simple guide that includes explanations and examples on how to properly and in compliance use the regulations on split berths. While the sleeping space regulations were created to create safer driving habits and planning flexibility for the trucking industry, they remain one of the most complex aspects of hours of service rules for drivers and fleet managers. Based on our conversation with the DOT, here are some advanced tips you can use with split bunk provisioning. Under normal circumstances, this 3-hour break would have been wasted time and the driver would have had to stop at 7 p.m.

for a full 10 hours to reset his available hours for the next day. But here, under the split sleeper rule, the driver can use this 3-hour break to their advantage as an allowable split berth break and combine it with their next 7-hour sleeper break to get the equivalent of a 10-hour break. This means that its content deadlines will be reset 3 hours earlier than normal at 2 a.m. the next morning and not at 5 a.m. And now we start our calculation at the end of the first qualifying break or at 2 p.m. (right after the prison break). Under the new rules, drivers can divide berth time in several ways, such as 8/2, 7/3 and 7.5/2.5. The only requirement for the way they do it is that both pieces must be at least 10 hours. These numbers apply only to carriers; Passenger airlines must continue to adhere to an 8/2 split. The hours of service regulation consists of several different parts that together are intended to determine the operating time of the vehicle.

Together, they answer the common question: “How many hours can a truck driver drive?” If you are trying to understand the determination of sleeping places, it is good to put it in the broader context of these regulations. The reason for all this confusion? This is largely due to a change introduced by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to the determination of the sleeping place – the divided berth rule. This rule, which allows a driver to extend a period of duty by splitting the 10 consecutive hours of rest prescribed by the sleeping seat layout, is complicated because it affects some of the ways in which hours of operation rules generally work. In addition, split berth time continues to be a manual process for drivers, although many other aspects of HOS have been automated to make it easier to use. So this is the rule of the split bunk in a word! For more detailed training on duty time rules and other topics such as driver qualification and DOT enforcement, visit our comprehensive online courses through the Trucksafe Academy. Recent changes to hours of service (HOS) have added a new option: 7/3 split. This new rule is applied in the same way as the 8/2 split, only the number of hours in each period has changed. But despite this complexity, it`s important to understand that the layout can be incredibly helpful for truckers who need more flexibility in their schedules.