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September 2020

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September 2020 | Overdrive | 5 ere's a simple way to think about using the new split rules, effective Sept. 29, for mid-duty-period rest. A qualifying break of at least two hours puts you in a split-sleeper cycle — under the terms of the new rule, that break does not count against your 14- hour clock. To get out of a split cycle, furthermore, all you have to do is take a 10-hour break to reset all avail- able daily on-duty and drive hours, and you won't have to deal with the ongoing recalculations required in the split cycle. at reality opens up new options to use daily breaks of at least two hours to effectively be a pause button for the 14-hour clock. at's what many owner-operators have asked for within the hours regulations over the years — and what plenty others do not realize is in fact a part of these new changes. In the log book example on this page, the driver comes off 10-plus hours off-duty to drive at 6 a.m., with his full complement of 14 avail- able on-duty and 11 drive hours. He's held up idling at a shipper on-duty from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., then drives for another hour. en he takes a long lunch from 2-4 p.m. with friends and an hour's nap from 4-5 in the seat before coming back on-duty. Under the terms of the new rule (and the old one, for that matter), that off-du- ty period of three hours puts him in the split-sleeper cycle. When he comes back on-duty at 5 to drive, under old rules his available 14 is reduced to just three hours. But under the terms of the new rule, giv- en the three-hour (2-5 p.m.) off-duty break begins a split-sleeper cycle, the break doesn't count against the 14- hour window. It "stops the clock," as drivers would say. is driver's got plenty available drive hours, too, to fill the duty window in which he can use them. When he exhausts his on-duty time at 11 p.m., he need only take a 7-hour sleeper period to continue the split and regain six available hours. Alternately, though, he can sleep an additional three hours and take a full 10-hour break. at way he can start the day anew at 9 a.m. with a full complement of daily drive and on-duty hours. Note the bolded red line in the latter part of the Wednesday drive period. at's a current logging app telling us that those three hours of driving aren't possible in the rules as written today. Come Sept. 29, that's changing. ACHIEVING A ONE-DAY 14-HOUR CLOCK PAUSE "Aren't there enough people that have their hand out to get a part of the money between the company paying shipping and the trucker who hauls it? By factoring, you add one more person that takes anywhere from 2%-4% ... Factoring should be done in a rough spot, for as limited time as possible." – Kevin Hovey, pushing against growing reliance on load invoice factoring. Of those who reported using a factoring company (44% of all respondents) in an Overdrive poll, most factored their invoices "always or almost always," though 14% reported the "limited" use Hovey recommend. Read more via: OverdriveOnline.com/tag/Cash-Flow-Crisis. For a video refresher on today's split-sleeper-berth logging procedures and how the new hours of service changes modify that, see the Aug. 10 post on the Channel 19 blog. OLD RULES: ON-DUTY HOURS AVAILABLE 14 - 4 hours driving - 4 hours on-duty - 3 hours off-duty ——————————————— 3 hours NEW RULES: ON-DUTY HOURS AVAILABLE 14 - 4 hours driving - 4 hours on-duty ——————————————— 6 hours Visit Senior Editor Todd Dills' CHANNEL 19 BLOG at OverdriveOnline.com/channel19 Write him at tdills@randallreilly.com Twitter: @channel19todd

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