What are the current DOT regulations on drive time?

By Howard Stihlman, Staff Writer
Article last updated on 1/8/2008

Currently, the Department of Transportation regulates that truck drivers can log a maximum of 11 hours of driving after 10 consecutive off-duty hours. Of the 10 hours off-duty hours, 8 must be spent in the sleeper berth (sleeping) while the other 2 hours can be spent eating, showering, or some other activity. After taking an extended home time of one or more days, a driver is not allowed to drive more than 14 continuous hours in the following day.

The DOT also regulates how much time a driver must take off in between hauls. For example, a driver must take at least 34 hours off between a 7 or 8 day on-duty period.

He also cannot drive more than 60 (7) or 70 (8) hours during that one-week period. Although drivers and companies sometimes complain about these rules costing them money and time, they are designed to keep everyone on the road safe and are strictly enforced.

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