Protecting The Clock

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Papa Pig's Comment
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Hey guys, I am preparing for school this January and am reading the hours of service regs and I thinks some of the conversations I have seen on here about protecting the clock is starting to click.

So my question is. If at a shipper and it’s gonna be awhile and the driver puts in sleeper birth for at least 2 hours then finishes his/her driving shift, they can start driving again in 8 hours instead of 10? Or do I have that wrong?

And does sleeper off duty even taken for say 1hour not count against your 70?


The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

Rob T.'s Comment
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And does sleeper off duty even taken for say 1hour not count against your 70?

any time you log "off duty" or "sleeper berth" does not count against your 70 even though your daily 14 clock will continue counting down. The reason most drivers log sleeper is not only does it save your 70 but if there are delays you may be able to satisfy the requirements allowing you to use the 8/2 split. The 8/2 gets confusing so I wouldn't worry about that right now. Everyone says it's easier to understand seeing how it works on your logs. I wont even try to explain it because I've never used it and have no need to.

Sleeper Berth:

The portion of the tractor behind the seats which acts as the "living space" for the driver. It generally contains a bed (or bunk beds), cabinets, lights, temperature control knobs, and 12 volt plugs for power.


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