Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration made some technical
amendments and editorial corrections to its HOS rule as it applies
to sleeper berth time. They were posted on the Federal Register
Sept. 30. According to FMCSA, the changes were added to improve
clarity and correct editorial errors.
clarification applies to the part of the rule prohibiting driving
after the end of the 14th hour after coming on-duty and following
10 consecutive hours off-duty. Off-duty time is included in calculating
the 14th hour since coming on-duty.
only exception is sleeper berth time," according to the document.
"When taken in two periods, each of which must be at least
two hours long, sleeper berth time does not count toward the 14-hour
limit," according to the FMCSA.
agency is therefore amending [the rule] to clarify that drivers
and motor carriers are required to count on-duty time, off-duty
time not spent in a sleeper berth and sleeper berth time of less
than two hours toward the 14-hour limit," the document stated.
clarification stated that any two sleeper-berth periods totaling
10 hours may be used in calculating the 10-hour limit, and sleeper-berth
periods not used in calculating the 10-hour limit will be included
in calculating the 14-hour limit.