Many of the requirements enforced by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) have been explored extensively in our blogs, and with good cause. We realize how terrible a large rig disaster can be and how it may affect whole families at The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker. We're going to talk about the FMCSA's rules and regulations for truck drivers' driving hours today.
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The service hours regulations
The Hours of Service Rules have been passed by the FMSCA. These guidelines state that a driver cannot work for more than 14 hours in a shift and cannot spend more than 11 hours behind the wheel. The restrictions go even further, stating that a truck driver can work no more than 70 hours in an eight-day period and no more than 60 hours in a seven-day period.
If a truck driver works the maximum number of hours in a week, they must take at least 34 hours off before returning to work. This time off must include at least two nights, which are regarded to be between the hours of 1 and 5 a.m.
Furthermore, throughout the first eight hours of their shift, every truck driver must take at least one half-hour break. There's no doubt that these rules were put in place to reduce the risk of driver weariness and make trucks safer on the road. They are most certainly a start in the right direction, but they will not be able to avoid every truck accident.
Not everyone is subject to the rules
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has approved these laws, which apply to all commercial motor vehicles, or CMVs. A commercial motor vehicle (CMV) is defined as a vehicle that is used for business and interstate commerce and includes any of the following: A gross vehicle or combination weight of 10,000 pounds or more, conveying nine or more passengers for remuneration or 15 or more persons without compensation, or transferring hazardous items.
If any of these guidelines have been broken, please contact us right once
If you have been in a truck accident or if a loved one has died as a result of a truck accident, please call The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 immediately away for a free legal consultation. We'll examine your situation, examine the facts, and offer you with the knowledge you need to make an informed conclusion. Give us a call right now and let us assist you in taking the next step.