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Split Sleeper Berth Information
Pre 2004 Hours of Service Rule. Applies to USA Bus Drivers under new rules and to Canadian Rules before Jan 1, 2007, when new rules take effect in Canada.
-- Split Sleeper is one of the most confusing aspects of truckers logs, so here is another explanation that is as short winded as possible. For Canadian drivers just substitute 13 hours where you see 10 hours for your 13 hour driving rule.
For simplicity I will only discuss the 10 hour rule. Both 10 hours driving and 15 hour worked (Driving plus On Duty Not Driving) is subject to the split sleeper provision, because both of those rules are 'reset' with 10+ hours Off Duty. The Hours of Service (HOS) i.e. 70hr/8day or 60hr/7day are not affected by split sleeper except for the hours worked as you drive and work. HOS rules are reset with sufficient off duty hours to bring the 'available hours' to work on a given log day to a positive number of hours. But HOS is a separate discussion.
Everybody understands the following:
The split sleeper provision in the regulations allows the following:
Split Sleeper Example:
If you continue this cycle of Driving and Sleeper Berth, you are now in what is called 'Split Sleeper mode' which is best explained by the direct quote from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) web site (see below) regarding split sleeper. DDL handles split sleeper mode automatically.
Quoted from the FMCSA web site:
Another source for Frequently Asked Questions regarding logs:
The last thing to consider is the situation where a driver gets a 10 hour rule violation when he is in 'split sleeper mode'. Most inspectors require the driver to be 'out of service' for 8+ hours Off Duty to clear the violation. Other inspectors only require the driver to 'make up the hours' as he would during normal split sleeper mode. Example: if the driver already had say 5 hours 'credit' of Sleeper Berth time, then he only needs to be 'out of service' for 3+ hours. DDL handles either 'interpretation' as a Settings option under the Audit tab. DDL defaults to the more stringent 8+ hours Off Duty requirement which is the more common interpretation. In CDL class, I learned the more lenient interpretation.
Upper Grid shows a driver using 'normal' 10hr driving followed by 8hr Off
Duty (or Sleeper Berth).
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