DOT 10 Hours Off Rule Explained please?

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by funkwithoutjunk, Feb 11, 2016.

  1. brownstreak86

    brownstreak86 Member

    I'm a cover driver, not working more than a couple days a week right now. I recently started a janitor job at my wife's work. I'm trying to understand the DOT 10 hours off rule a little better. If I clean from 6 AM to 8:30 AM, am I not allowed to hop on a truck and drive starting at 9:15 AM due to the 10 hours off rule? Does this rule only apply to driving jobs, or do I need 10 hours off from cleaning before I can drive?
  2. Brownslave688

    Brownslave688 You want a toe? I can get you a toe.

    That would depend when you got off the previous night.
  3. hondo

    hondo promoted to mediocrity

    If you didn't work from 8 PM until 6 AM, you had 10 hours off duty time, satisfying DOT reqs. At 6 AM when you start the cleaning job, your 14 hour on duty time starts, meaning you cannot drive the company truck (on the public roads) after 8 PM.
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  4. jbg77

    jbg77 Active Member

    From what I remember in class it only pertains if your other job is a driving job. I asked that specifically. Industrial equipment ex. Tractors, excavators, etc doesn't apply either.
  5. hondo

    hondo promoted to mediocrity

    The only way any other job doesn't count towards DOT Hours of Service, is volunteer/charity work-unpaid.
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  6. PrimeUPS

    PrimeUPS Member

    Hondo is correct. 10 consecutive hours off. 14 hours on max. Only volunteer work is exempt, if you're being paid, it counts against your hours of service if you drive or not just like your total hours worked is counted, but you may only drive for a fraction of the day. We don't continuously drive a package car, right? Pretty simple.
  7. Retiree

    Retiree Active Member

    Hondo is absolutely correct.
  8. brownstreak86

    brownstreak86 Member

    Perfect, thanks for answering my question Hondo.
  9. jbg77

    jbg77 Active Member

  10. jbg77

    jbg77 Active Member

    My bad I was wrong, or perhaps my instructor was.
  11. Savvy412

    Savvy412 Active Member

    Why does volunteering not count. Isn't the whole point of the DOT hour thing to not have tired drivers ?
  12. FrigidFTSup

    FrigidFTSup Resident Suit

    It is so nonprofits have access to professional drivers that otherwise couldn't do it. There is similar language for pilots.