How Many Hours Can Truck Drivers Work?
Understanding Hours-of-Service & How Long Truckers Can Be on the Road
Because fatigued truck driving is a leading cause of truck accidents, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) established hours-of-service regulations. These rules restrict the number of hours that a commercial truck driver can be on the road during defined stretches of time, and they require truckers and trucking companies to keep detailed records of these hours for review if necessary.
Under the current hours-of-service regulations, a trucker can be on the road for:
- No more than 11 hours of daily driving with a 14-hour work day cap
- No more than a minimum average of 70 hours a work week
- If the weekly limit is reached, they can continue after 34 hours of consecutive rest
Truckers are also required to take at least a 30-minute break within the first 8 hours of their shift. These regulations have been formulated by scientific testing to guarantee as far as possible that drivers have the necessary rest in order to drive without fatigue. While there are certain exceptions to the HOS regulations, it in a truckers best interests to adhere to these rules to avoid dangerous accidents or mistakes.