Per FMCSA requirements (affective on 09/29/2020), drivers may split their required 10-hour off-duty period:
- As long as one off-duty period (whether in or out of the sleeper berth) is at least 2 hours long and the other period involves at least 7 consecutive hours spent in the sleeper berth.
- All sleeper berth pairings MUST add up to at least 10 hours.
- When used together, neither time period counts against the maximum 14-hour driving window.
After the second required rest period is taken, 11-hour driving and 14-hour duty-period limits restart at the new calculation point: the end of the first completed rest period.
7/3 (or 8/2) EXAMPLE:
When 7 (or 8) hours rest period (Sleeper) is taken first, ELD will NOT count it towards the 14-hour window. Note that a driver is required to take a second rest break (3 or 2 hours Off Duty/Sleeper) in order for Sleeper split to work.
Note that a driver is required to take a second rest break (3 or 2 hours Off Duty/Sleeper) in order for Sleeper split to work.
3/7 (or 2/8) EXAMPLE:
When 3 (or 2) hours rest period (Off Duty or Sleeper) is taken first, ELD will still count it towards the 14-hour window and will display violation if a driver drives outside of the 14-hour window:
However, after the second rest period (7 or 8 hours Sleeper) is taken, ELD adjusts the hours and removes the above violation: