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General Hours of Service Guidelines

  • Drivers may be on duty for up to 14 hours following 10 hours off duty, but they are limited to 11 hours of driving time.
  • Drivers must take a mandatory 30-minute break by their eighth hour of coming on duty.
  • The 14-hour duty period may not be extended with off-duty time for breaks, meals, fuel stops, etc.
  • Drivers can restart the 7 days once every 168-hour workweek. This entails taking at least 34 consecutive hours off with two consecutive periods of 1 a.m. to 5 a.m.
  • The workweek starts after the last legal reset. For example, if you begin at 1 a.m. on Monday, then your 168-hour workweek continues until 1 a.m. the following Monday.
  • Each duty period must begin with at least 10 hours off-duty.
  • Drivers may work no more than 60 hours on-duty over seven consecutive days.

16-Hour Exception

  • A driver on a 1-day work schedule can be on duty for 16 hours if the driver begins and ends at the same terminal.
  • Drive time may not exceed 11 hours.
  • A driver cannot use both the 16-hour Exception and the Adverse Driving Conditions Exception together.
  • If the driver has a layover on any day, the 16-hour Exception can’t be used—this includes the day of the layover.
  • A driver that has used the 16-hour Exception may not use it again until they have had a 34-hour reset.
  • Drivers may not drive past the 16th hour when coming on-duty.

34-Hour Restart

  • Any period of 34-consecutive hours off-duty will restart the 168-hour week.
  • The restart must include two periods of 1 a.m. to 5 p.m. Drivers may only use the 34-hour restart once per 168-hour week.

Adverse Driving Conditions Exception

  • If a driver cannot safely complete the run within the maximum driving time of 11 hours, that driver may drive up to an additional two hours to reach a place. However, the driver may not drive after the 14th hour since coming on duty.
  • If weather conditions will not safely allow a driver to pull over at a hotel or rest stop and stop for 10 hours off-duty, then the driver may extend their drive time up to two hours.
  • This exception does not mean a driver can work longer because of bad weather. If a driver can safely stop and layover within an 11-hour drive time, they are required to do so, provided they cannot make it back to their home terminal within 14 hours (or under the 16-hour exception) if available.

Penalties for Violating Hours of Service Rules

  • Drivers may be placed on shut down (at roadside) until they have accumulated enough off-duty time to be back in compliance.
  • State and local law enforcement officials may assess fines.
  • The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration may levy civil penalties on a driver or carrier, ranging from $1,000 to $11,000 per violation depending on the severity.
  • A carrier’s safety rating can be downgraded for a pattern of violations.
  • Federal criminal penalties can be brought against carriers who knowingly and willfully allow or require violations; or against drivers who knowingly and willfully violate the regulations.