What is the Sleeper Berth Provision?

man sleeping in the sleeper berth in a large truck

FMCSA Rest Regulations for Truck Drivers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) implemented new policies a few years ago to ensure that truck drivers get sufficient rest before operating their vehicles. This created the sleeper berth provision, allowing drivers to split their 10 hours of mandatory off-duty time into two periods. However, the times that can be spent out of the sleeper berth may vary depending on whether drivers are property or passenger-carrying:

  • For passenger-carrying vehicles, the driver must spend 8 hours in the sleeper berth, which can be split into two periods so long as they aren't less than two hours each. These periods must equal 10 hours total.
  • For property-carrying vehicles, the driver must spend seven consecutive hours in the sleeper berth and two hours in or out of the sleeper berth. These periods must equal 10 hours total.

Other Hours of Service Regulations

In addition to the sleeper berth provision, drivers must uphold several other Hours of Service regulations, including:

  • Driving Limits: 11 hours for property-carrying, 10 hours for passenger-carrying.
  • On-Duty Limits: property-carrying vehicles cannot exceed 14 hours on-duty, while passenger-carrying may not exceed 15 hours on-duty.
  • 60/70 Limits: both property and passenger-carrying vehicles may not exceed 60/70 hours on-duty in 7/8 days
  • Inclement Weather or Adverse Conditions: both property and passenger-carrying vehicles may extend driving limits by up to two hours when adverse conditions are present.

By ensuring that drivers are well-rested, you can significantly reduce the likelihood of incidents caused by preventable factors like drowsy driving.

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