Basically, the 30-Minute Break rule states that a driver can not work more than 8 hours without taking a 30 minute break. The 30-minute break must:
- Not include any work activities at all (including fueling, inspections, etc.)
- Must be a period of 30 consecutive minutes (can't be two 15-minute breaks, etc.)
- Must be shown as "Off Duty" on your daily log.
|This driver jeopardized his profits from this run by ignoring the 30-Minute Break rule.|
In a DOT stop, the driver could have been cited and put out of service for ignoring the break any time after 2:00 PM, and could be cited if his or her records are audited after the fact.
When he or she had fueled in Elizabethtown, KY, the driver could have taken his 30-Minute Break off duty and still made the delivery.
|Even with a 30-Minute Break, this driver makes the delivery legally!|
We hope this helps! Be safe, drivers, and have a great day! We are thankful for what you do!
Sources: FMCSR Part 395.5(a)(3)(ii)
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