Thanks to recent awareness raised on the issue of drowsy driving, many people in Wilmington are more cognizant of the dangers that sleep-deprived drivers may pose. This begs the question of what standards (if any) are in place to help regulate the amount of time people who drive as part of their professions can spend behind the wheel.
Federal regulations do indeed exist dictating how long those who transport both passengers and freight can drive during a given work period. As is the case with almost all guidelines, there are also exceptions where these rules may not apply.
Per the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, these regulations are as follows:
In addition, drivers transporting freight must take a 30-minute break every eight hours
Only drivers operating vehicles with a gross vehicular weight of over 10,001 pounds must adhere to these regulations. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, other hours-of-service exceptions include an exemption for drivers who operate within either 100 or 150 air-miles of their locations of origin (and who complete their routes within 12 or 14 hours, respectively). Shift times can also expand from 11 to 13 hours in adverse weather conditions.