To keep passenger vehicles and other commercial vehicles safe on the road, the United States Department of Transportation has put several regulations in place. One of these regulations is the rule regarding drive time.
Why Do Truckers Have Regulations on Drive Time?
The regulations on drive time are to ensure that truck drivers are not overworked. If truckers are tired on the road, they are a danger to every other person on the road, including themselves. Many drivers have deadlines to meet and these deadlines could encourage a trucker to drive extra time. The regulations prevent drivers from being able to overwork themselves.
What Are the Regulations?
The Department of Transportation uses duty and work periods to break up the time that a driver works. The work period is the work week, whereas the duty period is the day. Drivers do not necessarily have to work conventional hours and so the regulations focus on hours worked, rather than the time of day or night.
Truckers have a seven-day work period. Truckers can work for seven days but must take a break for 34 hours before every work period. Duty periods last 14 hours. During that 14 hours, a driver may drive for up to 11 hours. However, after eight hours, a 30-minute break is mandatory.