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Another fleet seeking split sleeper berth exemption for team drivers

Dillon Transportation is seeking an exemption to allow its team drivers to split sleeper berth time.

Dillon Transportation is seeking an exemption to allow its team drivers to split sleeper berth time. (Photo by 365 Trucking)

Dillon Transportation, a 103-truck fleet that runs mostly team operations, has asked for an exemption to allow its drivers to split their required sleeper berth time into two segments of at least three hours. Federal law requires either 10 consecutive hours or 8/2 split.

Dillon Transportation is not affiliated with Dillon Transport, the large tanker fleet.

In an exemption request to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Dillon proposes allowing its team drivers to split sleeper berth time into two periods totaling 10 hours – either 5/5, 4/6 or 3/7.

FMCSA granted a similar exemption request to private carrier McKee Foods in 2015. CRST has also requested the split sleeper exemption, but FMCSA has not yet issued a decision on CRST’s request.

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Dillon says if the exemption is granted it will reduce allowed daily drive time from 11 hours to 10 hours. Additionally, Dillon says all of its trucks are equipped with Qualcomm devices and electronic logs, as well as speed limiters, to keep up communications with drivers and ensure hours-of-service compliance.

FMCSA is seeking public comments on the exemption request, which can be made by searching Docket No. FMCSA-2016-0443 at www.regulations.gov once the request is published in the Federal Register on Friday, Jan. 6.

Last year, FMCSA was set to begin a study on split sleeper berth flexibility to determine how safe it is for drivers to split their off-duty time. The agency has not said when the study’s results will be made public.

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19 comments
BILL DOLLOFF
BILL DOLLOFF

WHY FOR TEAM TRUCKIS WHAT ABOUT THE SINGLE DRIVER ????INSTEAD OF DRIVING 10+ HOURS WITH A 30 MIN BREAK WHY NOT LET THEM SPLIT THERE REST AS THEY SEE FIT,  OF COURSE THEY WOULD BE MORE DANGEROUS THAN THE GUY SETTING IN THE SLEEPER AROUND THE CLOCK WHILE THE TRUCK DRIVES ITSELF OR THE DRIVERLESS CAR SO THE PEOPLE CAN TEXT MORE ON THERE CELL PHONES......

Fredly
Fredly

Soon no one will have to worry about this when they get self driving trucks running. And yes, they are pushing as hard as possible because they have made driving a shitty, low paying (per hour) job and they can't get enough suckers to sign up so they will replace them with technology and put millions of people out of work. Ain't it great?

RLDV9
RLDV9

@Fredly I have to say, that i really don't see that happening, even the government, can't be that stupid, { can they }. They are always trying to pass laws, suppose to be for the motoring public's safety and now they are talking about driver-less cars. Now that is another thing that confuses me, from what little i have read, there is going to have to have a live person in the truck. If that is true, how is that going to save money, how is that going to be cheaper. If the truck runs around the clock, it will have to have a person in the truck, right.

Gordon A
Gordon A

Remember that the LOG Book was brought on by the unions to protect the drivers from having  pay stolen from them by the companies the worked . It was for proof of work done. Look at where it has gone today.

Gordon A
Gordon A

what is the purpose of the  HOS if they keep changing it for special interest groups .

Just opinion here but if  more drivers were really qualified to be truck drivers all this ELD, HOS BS would not be in the news. But due to the fact that carriers are hiring below standard drivers ( not All of them are)  We will continue to see changes until the HOS is a spider web of  exceptions nothing is going to be clear and precise.. Set the rules back 15 years when it was not so  terrible and leave it alone. dump the ELD crap.. Bring back  work ethic and persona  pride and let the drivers decide when to eat  and sleep and take a break by STOPPING the clock.

BILL DOLLOFF
BILL DOLLOFF

I SINCERELY FEEL THE REST  (SPLIT) SHOULD BE FOR ALL DRIVERS SINGLE OR TEAM. WHY SHOULD IT ONLY BEFRORE TEAM OPERATORS??????

RLDV9
RLDV9

@BILL DOLLOFF It shouldn't be, and it shouldn't be for just a few companies. It is just  STUPID, that is the government for you. Common sense will tell you, if it is safer for a few companies, and certain drivers, then it just might be safer for everyone.  

RLDV9
RLDV9

Another thing is, is some big company with the big bucks some day going to say ,we want an exemption to let are drivers say, drive 12-13 hours in a day. Any thing else they can think of for an exemption,and get it. So if it isn't for money,why does the FMCSA think that drivers with big companies are better drivers than a single truck company or 10 truck co. May be some day the big companies might want an exemption for something, for their male drivers,they may think there better than the female drivers. I guess my question is, has the FMCSA given a reason why these few companies should get these exemptions. 

RLDV9
RLDV9

It's not just wrong,it is stupid. This show just how stupid the idiots in the FMCSA and the governmemt are. Why is this safe for a team, driving for a big company and not for a small company or a husband and wife team with one truck. Why is this not discrimination. Do you think may be money had something to do with it. I have nothing against the split sleeper, i think that is just fine,how many drivers can sleep for 10 straight hours. Every driver is different , this is not a one fit for all job.  

Radrex
Radrex

This is purely WRONG!! Why should these companies be given an unfair advantage. Besides, the loss of the ability to split the sleeper time is the main thing that is wrong with the 2005 and later rules. Whose hand is in whose pocket, here?

2010CascadiaOwner
2010CascadiaOwner

The GOVT can NOT Stand that there is a Population of Workers... THEY CAN NOT CONTROL....

HOS is all about CONTROL.

HOS is not about SAFETY.

Some can't wait to make the U.S. Trucking population just like the EUROPEAN MODEL, only working 5 Days a Week, Saturday and Sunday.....

The TRUCKS ALL PARK, NO TRUCKS DRIVING....

The NANNY STATE IS ONLY PROTECTING YOU...

FROM YOURSELF, because THEY KNOW YOUR TO DUMB TO DO IT YOURSELF.

Otherwise, Who Needs The GOVT....

25 year driver
25 year driver

The split rule should be for all drivers. They should ask real drivers not politicians about what works best. The people that are making the rules should be required to stay in their bed for 10 hour straight then sit behind a desk for 11 hour in a 14 hour period with at least one  30 min break within 8 hours and repeat for a month and see how rested they feel. Common sense is that a driver should be able to rest when they feel tired ( rest for 20 min, 2 hours, 5 hours or how they feel) and not rest according to the log book. Go back to the 10 hours driving and 8 hours sleep split how you want in 1 or 2 sleep periods. Enough BS and law makers trying to over regulate just to keep busy and seem important. Drivers are not robots (not yet.) A driver knows his body best and it is not a one size fits all solution. Go back to the simple 10 and 8 and let drivers do their job. 

RLDV9
RLDV9

@25 year driver Agree with you a lot ,but can you really call being a politician a job. Just think if every one had a job like that, give yourself a raise , only work few days a week, eat at high dollar rest.,

MichaelDaleAmmons
MichaelDaleAmmons

The exemotion should be for everyone, not just teams or certain companies. The 5/5 always worked for me and had better results from the 5/5, I wasn't never wore out and could spend quality time with my family. I have ran the 6/4 it wasn't bad either just that the 6/4 was just off balanced on doing it though out the week, but it was do able . I have never figured out how someone that has no concept of trucking can set behind a desk make up such redicolious rules or laws it is time to change a lot of these stupid rules. FMCSA and all the other groups that are in with them just need to disriminating against us driver's, if we have to have HOS RULES THE SO SHOULDNT THE PEOPLE DRIVING RV'S, JUST LIKE THE SHOULD BE REQUIRED TO HAVE A CDL BECAUSE OF THE AIR BRAKE AND THE LENGTH OF IT PLUS THE HOOK A TRAILER OR TO BEHIND THEM THEY ARE IN THE SAME CATAGOR AS WE ARE. IF A PERSON WORKS 8,10,OR 12 HOURS THE BEFORE TRAVELING THEY SHOULD BE MADE TO TAKE A 10 BREAK BEFORE TRAVELING.

2010CascadiaOwner
2010CascadiaOwner

No Exemption.

Govt Thinks, ONE SIZE FITS ALL!

Thanks FMCSA...

Hard Rules ARE Hard Rules. Doh!!!

WParke
WParke

For safe driving - not driving fatigued, this should apply to all drivers as it used to. Solo drivers as well as teams. The rules as they are now are making drivers less safe. Forcing drivers to comply to an hours of service regimen that in no way fits the reality of driving.

The split sleeper needs to be available as 5/5, 4/6, or 3/7. The 14 hour rule needs to be eliminated.

ranslomo
ranslomo

They should be allowed the 5 on/5 off rule.  I don't get the 7/3 or 6/4 concept at all.  This should be available to everyone not just team operations.  Back in the day when we could split log I would run 5 hrs and then take a 4 hr break.  When I would get home at the end of the week I wasn't tired and worn out and I could actually have some quality family time.  The hours of service regs we have right now do not make a lot of sense.  If anything there are more crashes involving trucks and drivers falling alseep than ever before it seems.

ScottJordan1
ScottJordan1

This should not be an exception but the norm for all drivers, solo or team.

SafetyMan
SafetyMan

The FMCSA should not only allow this exemption to Dillon, it should allow it for any team. Why does it take them so long to fix something they know is wrong and would help drivers be safer in the long run.  Forcing team drivers to sit in the drivers  seat for 10 hrs a day to make up a successful team is not a safer option

Matt Cole is an Associate Editor for CCJ and Overdrive. Reach him at mattcole@randallreilly.com.