Current Effective Date: July 1, 2013
Mandatory Rest Break Change
- A driver may not drive if it has been more than 8 hours since his last off duty break of at least 30 minutes.
- This break may be off duty, sleeper berth or a combination of the two.
- In order to be driving, a driver will now need to have hours available on his 11, 14, 70 and 8 hour clock. The Qualcomm will reflect this.
- The DOT clock visible to the driver will take into account this new mandatory break requirement and still advise the driver how much longer he may drive until taking a break.
- There will be warnings at 60, 30 and 15 minutes before the driver is in Mandatory Rest Break violation.
- This “8 hour clock” will reset every time a driver takes a 30 minute break.
- The time spent on the 30 minute break counts towards the driver’s 14 hour clock.
- Drivers may not perform any on-duty work, such as fueling, vehicle inspections, loading/unloading, during this break.
34 Hour Restart Changes
- Limited to 1 per week. Specifically, a driver may not take a restart until 168 hours has passed since the BEGINNING of the last restart.
- Must be a least 34 hours long AND include two consecutive periods of 1 am to 5 am (home terminal time zone).
- The restart will still be made up of off-duty and sleeper berth.
- The length of the restart will depend upon what time it is started.
- The “sweet spot” to begin a restart will be 7 pm to 1 am. Starting during this period will still limit the restart to just 34 hours.
- Starting the restart at any time other than 7 pm to 1 am will result in a longer restart in order to get the two 1 am to 5 am periods. For example, starting the restart at 3 pm will result in a 38 hour restart. Starting a restart at 2 am will result in a 51 hour restart.
- Notice that starting a restart at any time other than the 7 PM to 1 AM “sweet spot” will result in the restart ending at 5 AM.
- Just as now, completing a restart will return the driver’s available hours on his 70 to a full 70.
- The restart is still NEVER mandatory.
- A driver can still use his summary tab on the Qualcomm to determine if he has completed a restart and his 70 hour rule has returned to a full 70 hours remaining.
New Off Duty In A Moving Truck Warnings
- Drivers are limited to a maximum of 2 hours off duty in a moving truck. It must be right before and/or right after 8 consecutive hours in the sleeper berth. This rule went into effect February 27th, 2012.
- When the driver exceeds the two hour limit of off duty time in a moving truck, the driver will receive a log violation.
- New alerts will help the driver avoid violations concerning off duty in a moving truck.
- If the driver exceeds two hours of off duty in a moving truck after having been in the sleeper berth for 8 hours, the Qualcomm will automatically change the driver’s duty status to on duty, not driving (line 4).
Other Changes Made to the Qualcomm E-Log Screens
(These changes will only be for the MCP 200’s)
- “Note” is now renamed “Remarks”
- Drivers will be able to add up to 2 remarks for each duty status change or edit.
- The remarks will come from predefined lists for each duty status.
- Using the dropdown arrow reveals all available remarks.
- Drivers will be able to edit the remarks for the current duty status by tapping the “Remarks” button.