Drivers are split up into two categories: property carrying drivers and passenger carrying drivers.

Property Carrying Driver Hours:

Property carrying drivers can only drive for 11 hours, and then they need to do other tasks for at least 3 hours. This means the truck drivers can only be on duty for 14 hours in a day. After completing a 11 hour drive/14 hours on duty period, the driver must have at least 10 hours off duty, before starting his next work cycle.

This rule is a federal rule and set by the FMCSA. The rules

Further after 60 hours of on duty work within 7 days, there must be a day break. This only applies if the 60 hours of work are in 7 consecutive days, with no days off.

The other rule is no more than 70 hours of on duty work within 8 days, if the days are consecutive.

The days and hours can be reset with what is called a 34 hour reset. This is a rule where if a driver takes 34 hours off work, the 60/70 hour a week clocks are reset.

 

Passenger Carrying Driver Hours:

Drivers of passenger vehicles still need a commercial driver’s licenses, but they have different hours of regulation. These types of drivers have a 10 hour on shift, with a maximum of 15 hours on duty. The additional five hours are for taking care of administrative duties, paperwork, meals, and rest breaks. After completing one work day, the driver must be allowed for 8 hours off duty.

Similar to property drivers, passenger drivers must abide by the 60 hours and 70 hour limitations.

After 60 hours of on duty work within 7 days, there must be a day break. This only applies if the 60 hours of work are in 7 consecutive days, with no days off.

The other rule is no more than 70 hours of on duty work within 8 days, if the days are consecutive.

The 34 hour rest period will also reset the 60/70 hour limitations.

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