VDO RoadLog Product Managers Aim to Dispel Misconceptions About ELD Mandate


  • Drivers and fleets have unfounded concerns about the 14-hour, sleeper berth, and split sleeper berth rules

Allentown, PA (March 8, 2018) – Continental, a leading global supplier of systems, components, and tires to automobile and truck manufacturers, and a world leader in Electronic Logging Device technology, is working to counter misconceptions associated with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) ELD Mandate.

VDO RoadLog product managers have seen that many drivers and fleets believe that the mandate includes changes to the longstanding Hours of Service (HOS) rules, which it does not. The managers are working to educate the market on the reality of the HOS rules under the mandate.

No Changes to the 14-Hour Rules

“Some drivers believe that there are changes to the 14-hour clock rule now that the mandate has been put in place,” says James McCarthy Business Development/Marketing Manager for VDO RoadLog. “The 14-hour limit means that once a driver comes back On-Duty after 10 consecutive hours of Off-Duty time, that driver cannot drive beyond 14 consecutive hours. Designed to prevent driver fatigue, this workday limit is the total number of hours a driver can work in a day.”

“The 14-hour period includes driving, rest limits, and various Off-Duty breaks,” explains McCarthy. “The ELD Mandate has not affected the 14-hour rule. These restrictions were in place before the ELD mandate was drafted and have not changed.”

Sleeper Berth Rules Remain Unchanged

The sleeper berth rule refers to a driver spending 10 consecutive hours in the sleeper-berth. If a driver spends the full 10 hours, the driver’s 11-hour and 14-hour limits are completely reset. Drivers, who do not take 10 consecutive hours of rest, do not get a full reset. Many drivers believe that they can take eight hours rest and take advantage of the ‘sleeper berth split’ rule. This is not the case. If drivers try to take the ‘sleeper berth split’ after only 8 hours, their ELD will show that they are not in compliance. Again, the mandate did not change the sleeper berth rules, but the ELD devices are pointing out non-compliance issues of which drivers may not have been aware.

“Most drivers and fleets believe that the split sleeper berth rule will give them a full set of new hours once they complete the 8 and 2 split,” explains McCarthy. “To gain hours using the split sleeper berth rule, drivers need to spend at least one of the two required rest periods in their sleeper berth. The rest period in the sleeper berth has to be at least 8, but less than 10 consecutive hours. This 8-consecutive hour rest period will not count against the 14-hour duty clock. The other, separate rest period must be at least 2 consecutive hours. It can be spent in the sleeper berth and/or off duty. However, this 2-hour period will count against the 14-hour on duty limit. That’s why the 8 and 2 split does not provide a full set of new hours.”

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