Are truckers limited in how many hours they can drive?

Call Now For A Free Consultation: 512-893-6128

Truck drivers are important to the supply chain in this country. When semi-trucks are operated safely and in accordance with federal and state laws and regulations, the benefits for consumers are many. However, when a truck driver does not follow those laws and regulations, other motorists are in danger. This might be because a driver is speeding, under the influence of alcohol, driving at an unsafe truck or operating the truck while fatigued.

In an effort to minimize the number of fatigued drivers on our nation's highways, truck drivers must follow hours-of-service regulations. These regulations lay out when and for how long a truck driver may drive. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration developed and enforces these regulations.

There is a 14-hour driving window limit and an 11-hour driving limit.

-- The 14-hour driving window allows you to drive up to 11 hours. You can't drive again for 10 consecutive hours once you reach the end of this 14-hour period.

-- The 11-hour driving limit allows you to drive 11 hours during a 14-hour period. If more than eight hours have passed since you took 30 minutes off-duty, then you'll need to be off for 10 hours after driving 11 hours.

There are other hours-of-service limits, such as the 60/70-hour duty limits and 34-hour restart. These are rather complex and drivers should make sure they understand these regulations.

Hours-of-service are often one of the first things that police will check in the event of a truck accident. Violations can impact the liability of the driver and the trucking company in the accident.

Source: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, "Interstate Truck Driver's Guide to Hours of Service," accessed Jan. 15, 2016

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
We’re Here To Help. Tell us about your case. We’ll get back to you with a free consultation so you can start moving forward.


Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Get A Free Consultation


The Levine Law Firm
Plaza 7000
7000 N. Mopac, Suite 200
Austin, TX 78731

Phone: 512-893-6128
Austin Law Office Map


Read The Blog