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Hours of Service Rule In Truck Driving

Posted on : March 29, 2022

In the trucking industry, truck drivers have a number of different rules and guidelines that must be followed. One of these is how long a driver may operate their truck. This is called the Hours of Service Rule and is designed to prevent truck drivers from operating their vehicles while drowsy or exhausted. Here’s what to know about the Hours of Service Rule, and how and Atlanta truck accident lawyer can help you if you or a loved one were involved in a collision with a large truck.

Hours of Service Rule Defined

The hours of service rule is actually a collection of guidelines that dictate how a truck driver can spend their time on the road. This is governed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). This includes:

  • The number of hours a truck driver can operate their vehicle in one day. A driver that is hauling goods may only drive 11 hours following 10 consecutive hours of non-driving time. A driver who is carrying passengers may only drive for 10 hours following 8 consecutive hours of non-driving time.
  • The number of hours a truck driver may operate their vehicle in one week. A driver may not work more than 60 hours in one week, or seven consecutive days. They may not drive more than 70 hours in eight days.
  • Mandatory breaks. A commercial truck operator must take a minimum 30 minute break following every eight consecutive hours of driving time

Violations of the Hours of Service Rule

Violating the hours of service rule can result in significant consequences for both the truck driver and the trucking company who employs them. For example, a driver who has violated the rule may not be allowed to operate there truck until they have built up enough non-driving time that they are in compliance. Federal penalties may be imposed on trucking companies that encourage or allow their truck drivers to violate the hours of service rule. Fines can range greatly between $1,200 and $14,700 per each violation of the rule.

Get Help from an Experienced Atlanta Truck Accident Attorney Today

In the event of a truck accident that was caused by a violation of the Hours of Service Rule, you may be able to hold both the truck driver and/or the trucking company responsible for the damages. Southside Injury Law today for a consultation at (770) 703-6008 or toll free at (800) 393-8595.

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