Are their limits on how long bus drivers can work?

The semi-trucks seen driving on Shelby's roads and highways certainly present an enormous potential for damages if they were ever to be involved in accidents. yet there are other large vehicles that you see almost as frequently that can cause equal amounts of harm and throw in the potential for further losses given that they transport passengers. Buses and other mass transit vehicles require just as much skill as is needed to drive a semi-truck, and their operation can be equally as taxing. 

How are bus drivers to avoid the fatigue that truckers often experience after long hours behind the wheel? The answer is simple: They are required to follow similar hours-of-service regulations. Per the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, drivers that transport passengers must adhere to the following guidelines: 

  • No driving for more than 10 hours after having sent eight consecutive hours off duty
  • No working beyond a 15-hour period, even if a portion of that time was interrupted by a break
  • No driving more than 60-70 during a standard 7-8 consecutive day work week

Long-route bus drivers can take advantage of a sleeper berth provision (provided their vehicles are equipped with a berth). This allows them to extend the period of consecutive hours they are allowed to work through extended rest periods. To utilize this provision, they must set aside eight hours to rest in the berth. Those hours can be broken up into two periods, provided that shortest of these is at least eight hours. 

Just like truckers, bus drivers are required to log their hours. They can do this manually or through a time clock. You can request such records for review if you have been involved in a commercial vehicle accident

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