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What are the hours of service regulations?

When you work as a truck driver, you are subject to additional road laws and requirements than someone who is just driving on California roadways in a personal vehicle. There are many reasons for this, but above all else, it is for your safety and the safety of everyone else sharing the road with you. One of the most important rules you must abide are the hours of service regulations, as explained by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Hours of service regulations define when you must take breaks and how long you can be behind the wheel. They help to stop drowsy driving, which is incredibly dangerous. While these regulations are for both passenger and property-carrying drivers, here is a look at the regulations specifically for property-carrying drivers.

They start with a general limitation on the number of hours you can be behind the wheel in a consecutive period of 7/8 days. In between each period, you must have a break of at least 34 hours. In a period, you can only drive up to 60/70 hours. After you reach the hourly limit, you must take a break. 

While working, though, you also must take breaks. You cannot drive more than eight hours without a break. A break, in this case, is defined as being off work, sleeping or otherwise not driving for at least 30 minutes. However, the 14-hour limit comes into play, stating that you cannot drive past the 14th hour in a consecutive period, even with breaks. 

This information is for education and is not legal advice. 



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