Sleeper Berth Splits

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Bruce K.'s Comment
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What are the permissible splits for sleeper berth? Any other tips about sleeper berth logging would be very much appreciated, as I’m relatively new to sleeper berth rules and procedures, and have made several mistakes.

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.

RealDiehl's Comment
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I'm not sure if it is ONLY 8-2 or 7-3 combination. Sorry not much help there. Your Elog device should figure it out for you. As long as you have the "will pair SB" tab checked, it should automatically let you know how much drive time you have.

I know that doesn't help much if you are trying to plan ahead to use the split.

As an example, let's say you spent 3hrs getting loaded while logged off duty. Let's say you are now down to only 2 hours of drive time when you leave the shipper. If you park and enter sleeper berth after 2 hours of driving, in 7 more hours your Qualcomm should automatically show that you have 9 hours of drive time and 12 hours of on duty time to work with (as long as you check the "will pair SB" tab). I keep mine checked by default.

If you need to know in advance how best to do a split/how much time you'll get back upon completion, you can always call your logs department and they will figure it out for you. I used my log advisor to help me out a couple times in the past.

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I'm sure another member will provide you with more info once they see your original post.

Elog:

Electronic Onboard Recorder

Electronic Logbook

A device which records the amount of time a vehicle has been driven. If the vehicle is not being driven, the operator will manually input whether or not he/she is on duty or not.

Shipper:

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.

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.

Qualcomm:

Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.
RealDiehl's Comment
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Sleeper Berth Provision Timing

To use the SBP (split), a driver must take a break of at least seven consecutive hours in the sleeper berth (SB), plus a shorter break of at least 2 consecutive hours, either in the SB, off duty, PC-off duty, or any combination of those, as long as both periods equal at least ten hours. They can take the shorter 2+ hour break in any off-duty status combination before taking the longer 7+ hour break in the SB. However, doing so means this break will not stop the 14-hour shift timer on the ELD – at first*. These hours will be counted on the ELD as part of the driver’s 14-hour shift time until the driver has taken the longer 2nd break of at least 7 consecutive hours in the SB.

If they take the longer SB break of at least 7 consecutive hours first, the ELD will give that time back by adjusting the 14-hour shift timer on the ELD, even though the 2nd shorter break hasn’t yet been taken. If the driver does not follow up and complete their SBP cycle with the shorter break, (both breaks must equal at least 10 hours), that time spent in the SB that was given back will now be subtracted from the driver’s 14-hour shift time, potentially putting them at risk for several HOS violations. The driver will still need to track their drive time both before and after their SBP cycle breaks to ensure they do not exceed their drive hours as well as their total shift time as the 14-hour shift calculation point will constantly be changing depending on how many total on-duty hours they have and what part of the SBP cycle they are in.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Sid V.'s Comment
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You can do a 8/2 or a 7/3. The shorter break must be logged on the sleeper line, the longer break can be logged in any combination of sleeper or off duty.

Stevo Reno's Comment
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I got to that point too by accident, actually, and afterwards left the box checked *will pair SB* and never had an issue again. I just let the QCom do its thing, when I stopped for a nap along the way, then drove until I needed to stop for the longer SB. Kinda just set it n forget it, my last 3 weeks driving.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Don't over complicated it....

At least 7 or 8 in sleeper ONLY

Then 3 or 2 in any off duty status

11 drive shift minus the hours you drove between the 2 breaks is what you can drive

You will never get a full 11/14

Old School's Comment
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Thank you Kearsey!

Bruce, go with Kearsey's advice. I think poor Sid is tired. He's got all his information mixed up backwards.

Kearsey nailed it.

Keep

It

Simple

Stupid

Sid V.'s Comment
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Wow, i'm so sorry. Thank you for correcting me Rainy and OS.

Haven't been on the road in almost two months. I guess your brain goes to mush when you don't use it.

Old School's Comment
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No problem Sid!

I hope things turn around soon. I feel for you guys who own trucks right now. You do have an ace up your sleeve though. Your one big asset is worth more than you paid for it. Of course if you sell it you're out of business. It is a crazy time for the trucking business right now. I don't blame you for sitting it out and waiting to see what's going to happen.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Wow, i'm so sorry. Thank you for correcting me Rainy and OS.

Haven't been on the road in almost two months. I guess your brain goes to mush when you don't use it.

No problem Sid!

I hope things turn around soon. I feel for you guys who own trucks right now. You do have an ace up your sleeve though. Your one big asset is worth more than you paid for it. Of course if you sell it you're out of business. It is a crazy time for the trucking business right now. I don't blame you for sitting it out and waiting to see what's going to happen.

In my thoughts & prayers too, Sid !!! Any recent updates?

Our famous O/O's.. I love y'all !! PJ's coming around from O/O changes, otherwise tho, ..too.

Regardless ..... Y'all rock this place, no matter. I learn every day, here.

~ Anne ~

ps: we all can use a 'random' K.I.S.S. !!!! ;)

pps: Thanks always, Rainy/Kearsey; always come thru.

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