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What is the 70 hour 8 day rule?

Part of the FMCSA’s hours-of-service regulations is a 70 hour 8 day rule, or 70 hours in eight days. The hours-of-service regulations determine how long drivers can drive during a single shift, when drivers are required to take a break, and how much time they have to take off between shifts.

This 70-hours eight-days rule falls under the 60/70 hour limit included in the regulations. The 60/70 hour limit states that drivers can’t drive after 60/70 hours on duty in 7/8 consecutive days. Under this rule, drivers can restart a 7/8 consecutive day period after taking 34 or more consecutive hours off duty.

Track drive time with the Motive Driver App

The Motive Driver App, when used alone, is a fully editable electronic log device that replaces paper logs. The standalone Motive Driver App is compliant with USDOT/FMCSA rule 395.8 regarding a driver’s record of duty status and Canada’s commercial vehicle drivers hours-of-service regulations. Get the Driver App for Apple, or Android.