Semi-truck regulations: Hours of Operation

Published: October 15, 2017

Semi-truck: Hours of Operation Violations

Hours of operation is one of the areas where there are limitations placed on semi-truck drivers. The number of hours a commercial driver is allowed to operate can greatly affect the safety of others on the road. One such provision under the FMCSA is that commercial drivers are limited to 11 hours of consecutive driving without interruption. A summary of these hours of operation are available at https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/regulations/hours-service/summary-hours-service-regulations.

The purpose of this limitation is to deter tired and unsafe driving. If you have ever drove a little tired it is easy to understand the dangers of drowsy driving. These dangers are even greater when we are talking about the driver of a semi driving tired. Their rigs are much larger than the family sedan and can cause devastating accidents.

Drivers who fail to strictly adhere to the hours of operation regulations can suffer from the following:

  • Loss of focus;
  • Lack of attention;
  • Impaired decision making;
  • Delayed reaction times; and
  • Decreases in overall performance.

For those reasons and many others, it is important for the semi-truck operators to understand and strictly follow the regulations which are in place.

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