Fleet asks FMCSA to allow its drivers to split sleeper berth time

| January 05, 2017
Dillon Transportation is seeking an exemption to allow its team drivers to split sleeper berth time. (Photo by 365 Trucking)

Dillon Transportation is seeking an exemption to allow its team drivers to split sleeper berth time. (Photo by 365 Trucking)

Dillon Transportation, a 103-truck fleet that runs mostly team operations, has asked for an exemption to allow its drivers to split their required sleeper berth time into two segments of at least three hours. Federal law requires either 10 consecutive hours or 8/2 split.

Dillon Transportation is not affiliated with Dillon Transport, the large tanker fleet.

In an exemption request to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Dillon proposes allowing its team drivers to split sleeper berth time into two periods totaling 10 hours – either 5/5, 4/6 or 3/7.

FMCSA granted a similar exemption request to private carrier McKee Foods in 2015. CRST has also requested the split sleeper exemption, but FMCSA has not yet issued a decision on CRST’s request.

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Dillon says if the exemption is granted it will reduce allowed daily drive time from 11 hours to 10 hours. Additionally, Dillon says all of its trucks are equipped with Qualcomm devices and electronic logs, as well as speed limiters, to keep up communications with drivers and ensure hours-of-service compliance.

FMCSA is seeking public comments on the exemption request, which can be made by searching Docket No. FMCSA-2016-0443 at www.regulations.gov once the request is published in the Federal Register on Friday, Jan. 6.

Last year, FMCSA was set to begin a study on split sleeper berth flexibility to determine how safe it is for drivers to split their off-duty time. The agency has not said when the study’s results will be made public.

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8 comments
David Davis
David Davis

The hours of service rules have always been crap and desk jockeys destroy drivers health more every change they make, isn't on a natural rhythm. Days vary as does time to get tired. How many times did you sit lie awake waiting for hours only to be too tired by time allowed to drive. Most don't sleep every 10 hours but 16-18 sitting in a truck stop when want to be home isn't relaxing and wear on mind and body. Driving till start getting tired allows good rest and some days 10 is all you want to do, often took nap after 6 and could do 10 more before tired. Then we have weather days 3-4 hours need short break and beautiful days where 12-14 hours is just pleasant. What is wrong with these people think safety comes with a stroke of a pen and not good judgement; we must have the biggest fools making decisions who have no clue what driving is about, alertness and moving down the road, Is it any wonder road life gets more dangerous way they try force people into their fairy tale rules.


AllanMcCullough1
AllanMcCullough1

Why is it that sleep in a moving truck is counted the same as sleep in a parked truck anyway?

Thompson Pass Trucker
Thompson Pass Trucker

The cliche'd definition of insanity is "doing the same thing the same way a dozen times yet expecting to get a different result." In rule making, that's also the antithesis for 'standardization' and/or 'consistency' and/or 'regulation.'

The total absurdity of this application (which I support in concept) is that the 'rules and regulations that apply to *all* of us...don't, by exemption.

The crazy HOS rules, that confound, confuse and defy reason, by forcing situations for tired drivers to continue just to not 'lose time,' or forcing drivers to stop when they could make the best time, fit within both of the above.

What's good for one should be good for all!

Kind of like 'rebel...,' below said: Keep It Simple Stupid - and take care of those who can't follow simple rules with stiff penalties.

David Davis
David Davis

@Thompson Pass Trucker It's sad legislators are too stupid to realize that idle time away from home increases stress, makes many drive faster and more careless trying to get home, and is mainly  just a revenue generation tool. Overly tired drivers should be ticketed hard like reckless operation and gotten off road. Truck stop imprisonment should end and never should Dot be allowed to set up in rest areas making tempting tired drivers to stop.


cplll
cplll

Wow , who would have thought of that . Makes sense to me . Can I do it .

Rebelexpedite
Rebelexpedite

Need to adjust the law for the technology. Starting with drop the sleeper rules completely (off duty is off duty) and than rewrite the 14 hour clock to say 'No more than 14 hours COMBINED on duty time in a 24 hour period'. Simple direct language giving us time to sleep when we need to and a full day to operate SAFELY

JeepCollector91
JeepCollector91

@Rebelexpedite

I agree. Many truck drivers have been wanting that for the past decade. 

(Especially since E-Logs became the norm) 

Spreading the 11-hour drive time throughout the day as we choose would take a lot of stress out of driving. Less stress can lead to a safer driver.

Thompson Pass Trucker
Thompson Pass Trucker

What a novel concept - allowing something other than jack-booted straight-eight sleeping! Since most of us aren't accustomed to straight-eight sleeping it might be a good idea for all!