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Todd Dills

Mailbag: Split sleeper-berth option high on haulers’ hours wish list

| February 17, 2018

Herein a bevy of further reader responses to the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association’s petition to FMCSA to add a three-hour pause button option to the 14-hour on-duty clock in the hours of service rule. “Great, great, great,” said one operator out of South Carolina, who called into the podcast line (530-408-6423) to weigh in, “let’s get it moving.” He was one of several readers who added to the chorus of those who view it as a common-sense option that could add needed flexibility to the rule to alleviate stresses incurred as a result of the mandate to utilize electronic logging devices and/or that have been embedded in the rule since today’s 14 was put in place more than a decade ago now.

Owner-operators have been talking about the onerous nature of the 14 since then, after all, ELD mandate or not.

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The large majority of reader respondents you’ll hear in this mailbag edition of the Overdrive Radio podcast, however, took the notion of a pause button farther. It’s split-rest, or split sleeper berth period flexibility, that most want, a return of a fashion to options that were available prior to the 14-hour on duty period coming into play, beyond the currently available 8- and 2-hour split.

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