Does Your Driver Use a Sleeper Berth?
There are special rules for driving with off-duty time in a sleeper berth. Your drivers can record time as “off-duty in a sleeper berth” if they spend the time resting in the sleeper berth.
Note: Your sleeper berths must meet the requirements of Schedule 1 in Part 1 of Division 37 of
the Motor Vehicle Act Regulations.
If your drivers rest in a sleeper berth, the same basic HOS rules apply. A single driver may split up off-duty time into two periods, instead of the 8 consecutive hours, as long as:
- each period=at least 2 hours
- total off-duty time=at least 10 hours
- the entire 10 hours are spent resting in the sleeper berth
Drivers resting in a sleeping berth cannot use deferral if splitting their off-duty time.