There seems to be a bit of confusion on using the split sleeper berth provision. Let’s try to clear it up. The sleeper berth provision allows a driver to accumulate the required ten hours of rest in two separate periods. One period of at least 8 consecutive hours in the sleeper berth. The other rest period least 2 consecutive hours of either sleeper berth, off duty or combination of both.
Now the confusing part, splitting the breaks does not reset your hours. The first break whether it is the 8 hr or the 2hr, counts towards the 14 hours you are on duty. It only stops the clock and lets you have the remaining hours you did not use. When you take the second break your hours are recalculated back to the first break and you will only get back the hours you used before the first break.
Now for the good news, with eLogs all this is calculated for you. Whenever you split your sleeper berth time, eLogs will let you know how much time you have to drive and can be on duty. Many drivers are going into violation because they think that the People net system has made a mistake. This has yet to be the case in the time I have been here.
The sleeper berth provision can be a very useful tool in helping you get to your destination on time. It may even help you get home just a couple of hours sooner to be with your family. However, you must understand it and let the eLogs system work the calculations for you in order to be in compliance.
If you have any questions about this regulation, please feel free to call me at (812) 246-6306 ext. 598.
Safety and Training Manager
National Distributors Leasing, Inc.