8 Hour Split Sleeper Berth Rule

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Andrew J.'s Comment
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I have been attempting to get the matter understood in the High Road Training material. However, there seems to be conflicting information. The eight hour rule simply extends the 14 hours and does not add any additional time - right? I have been over the material again and again and am not able to answer the questions correctly. Any assistance would be appreciated.

Andrew J.'s Comment
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Here is one of the questions on the High Road CDL Program. I think the answer is zero time left. I have written out the info on a scratch sheet and still get the wrong answer.

How many on duty hours are remaining after the following has been logged (use a scratch sheet of paper if you need to):

On duty/not driving: 3 hours Driving: 4 hours Sleeper berth: 8 hours Driving: 7 hours Off duty: 2 hours 14 hour clock: 5 hours 11 hour clock: 4 hours

There is no time remaining on the drivers 11 or 14 hour clocks

Both the 11 and 14 hour limits have reset so all hours are now available

14 hour clock: 7 hours 11 hour clock: 6 hours

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Roadkill (aka:Guy DeCou)'s Comment
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Hey Andrew, yeah, this is a rule that gives a lot of people fits...just like you thought, the SSR only extends your time, it doesn't reset it...you HAVE to spend 8 hours in the SB mode and when your time is done you then HAVE to follow that up with another at least 2 hour SB time in order to qualify for your full 14/11 reset..the tricky part of that scenario is the 2 hours "OFF DUTY"..NOT Sleeper berth..so always look out for that...the time MUST BE logged as sleeper berth time, NOT "off duty"..but don't worry, the DOT is considering changing that rule, too, to be able to use OD time as well as SB time..so, just as soon as you learn it and get it down..it's gonna change again...welcome to trucking.. rofl-3.gif

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.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Andrew J.'s Comment
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I seem to be getting more questions correct now. Thank you.

Kai's Comment
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I think some questions are pretty outdated.

I have a question. How does the 1am-5am rule affect the split sleeper berth provision?

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.

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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I think some questions are pretty outdated.

I have a question. How does the 1am-5am rule affect the split sleeper berth provision?

These are two rules that don't go together. The 1 to 5am in which the has to be two of them consecutive and a total of 34 hours for a 70 clock reset. If you use the sleeper berth rule/logging you are trying to maximize your hours and not do a restart. In the case it's either you are doing a restart or your not

They can't be used together. If you use one then it cancels the other out.

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.

Serah D.'s Comment
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@#%%*&^%$*^@#....trying to understand this is worse than algebra!!!!

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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@#%%*&^%$*^@#....trying to understand this is worse than algebra!!!!

I would not worry about the Split Sleeper Berth rule to much. While it can be useful I have not once used it once in 16 years. Don't beat yourself up over it. It will not make or break you if you don't know it.

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.

Steve C.'s Comment
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I use splits from time to time. If I get held up at a shipper for over 2 hours (logged as sleeper, especially if i'm just sitting in the truck waiting for my turn to pull under the crane and get loaded), then only have a few hours left of drive time - i'll run the few hours, then take eight hours in sleeper which then gives me everything i used BEFORE the 2 hour break back. I then run, make the delivery and take a two hour break in order to get the remainder of my time back. I hope this makes sense. It's also a great way to 'push' my start time earlier in the day, which i prefer.

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.

Serah D.'s Comment
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@#%%*&^%$*^@#....trying to understand this is worse than algebra!!!!

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I would not worry about the Split Sleeper Berth rule to much. While it can be useful I have not once used it once in 16 years. Don't beat yourself up over it. It will not make or break you if you don't know it.

Guy, its not just that, the whole HOS is so tedious. Wish they would relax the rules is all!!!!

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.
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