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What does it mean to you?
In contracting for bus service, you assume that the trip will be a safe
one. You should. Bus transportation is the safest on the highway. However,
analysis of serious highway accidents that do involve buses often point
to driver fatigue as a major cause. Economic, consumer and
scheduling demands often drive this problem; however, driver fatigue can produce
deadly results. Studies prove that drivers who suffer from fatigue experience:
1. Reduced alertness to conditions around the vehicle
2. Distractions by irrelevant stimuli which interfere with their concentration
3. Lapses in attention
4. Slower reaction time in critical situations
5. Adverse effects on memory, reasoning, communicating, decision making
and an increased number of operating errors
The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has restrictions on how
long a driver can operate a commercial vehicle. The "Hours of Service"
rules are sensible guidelines for safe operation of the vehicle. Different
rules apply to drivers operating in Canada and Mexico.
Hours of Service
The USDOT regulation 395.10 restricts a driver's actual on-the-road
time. The rule has three componenents:
10 Hour Rule
A driver cannot drive more than 10 hours following eight (8) consecutive
hours off- duty (adverse conditions and emergency situations are exceptions).
15 Hour Rule
After 15 hours on-duty* (driving and on-duty not driving) a driver cannot
continue driving until eight (8) consecutive hours off-duty are taken.
70 Hours Rule
On-duty time cannot exceed 70 hours for any period of eight (8) consecutive
* On-duty not driving includes time for pre-trip inspecting, meal
times and delays.
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