Hours of Service Tips and Tricks

Getting the Most out of Your Hours of Service Tools


Follow these tips to maximize the efficiency of your teams when using the Hours of Service features included in Verizon Connect mobile apps:

1. Driving Cycles:
Driving cycles depend on how many days of the week a carrier operates. If a carrier operates every day of the week, a driver is eligible to operate under the 70-hour/8-day cycle, which limits them to 70 on-duty hours over any 8-day period. If the carrier operates for fewer than 7 days in a week, the driver is eligible to operate under the 60-hour/7-day cycle, which limits a driver to 60 on-duty hours over any 7-day window.

2. Drive Cycle Restart:
In order for a driver to completely reset their driving cycle they must have 34 consecutive hours off.

3. The 14-hour rule:
When a driver comes on-duty after taking at least 10 consecutive hours off-duty, he or she has a 14-hour window to complete driving for the day. Although driving is not permitted after the 14th hour (unless using the 16-hour exemption), other work-related tasks may still be performed.

4. The 11-hour rule:
Within the 14-hour driving window, a driver is allowed to drive a maximum of 11 hours.

5. The 30-minute break:
No driving is allowed after any 8-hour on-duty period until a driver has taken the mandatory 30-minute off-duty break.

6. Sleeper berth extension:
The sleeper berth extension allows drivers to extend their 14-hour window without taking the required 10 hours off-duty. By logging at least 8 hours (but no more than 10 hours) in the sleeper berth, a driver can effectively freeze the 14-hour clock.

7. Split sleeper berth:
The split sleeper berth allows drivers to split the required 10 hour off-duty break into two shifts. One of those shifts must be between 8-10 hours, spent entirely in the sleeper. The second shift can be between 2-8 hours and completed in the sleeper berth, off-duty, or as a combination of sleeper berth and off-duty. Regardless of the order in which a driver takes these breaks, successful completion of both will give the driver a new 11-hour drive time and 14-hour driving window, which begins after completion of the first qualifying break.