The Split sleeper Berth provision provides you with some extra flexibility when it comes to managing your time, by allowing you to split your required 10-hour break into two separate breaks.
To take advantage of this provision, you need to spend at least an 8-hour break in the Sleeper Berth of your vehicle. You can split the SB break in an 8-hour SB event and a 2-hour SB or Off Duty event. The 2-hour break can also be a combination of SB and Off Duty, uninterrupted by other Duty status changes, such as On Duty or Drive.
NOTE: In order to stay compliant, please continue to carefully monitor and adhere to your timers. The timers on your device are displaying the actual time you have left on your Shift or Drive time at any given time. Any violations occurring in between your breaks are indeed actual violations and will not be removed by completing the second break.
If you choose to take the 8-hour SB break first
- You need to spend at least 8 consecutive hours (but less than 10 hours) in a SB status.
- At the end of the 8-hour break your 14-hour shift timer will revert back to what it was showing in the beginning of your 8-hour break, in other words, the 8 or more hours (but less than 10) spent in your sleeper did not count towards your Shift.
- Whatever time your 14-hour shift timer is now showing is how long you have before you have to complete your 10-hour break by taking another 2-hour break in either SB or Off Duty.
- At the end of the 2-hour break your device will behave as if your shift started at the end of your 8-hour break. In other words, a new starting point was created for your shift and your 14-hour shift time will be calculated from the end of the first break (see example below).
Important: Your drive timer will not be affected during 8-hour break.
If you choose to take the 2-hour SB or Off Duty break first
- You will take at least a 2-hour break (but less than 10 hours) in a SB Status, Off Duty Status or a combination of both, uninterrupted by On Duty or Drive time.
- Your 14-hour shift timer will continue to count down.
- After you take the remaining 8 hours or more (but less than 10 hours) in a SB status, a new starting point is created for your shift and your 14-hour shift time will be calculated from the end of the first break.
- Let’s say you have 10 hours of shift time left, and you take a 2-hour break.
- After the break your timer is showing 8 hours left.
- You drive for 3 hours and spend 1 hour On Duty. Now you have 4h left on your 14-hour shift timer.
- You take 8-hour Sleeper Berth break. How much time do you have left?