Motorcoaches are large vehicles that carry many people. The drivers of these vehicles must ensure that they are using proper safety practices as they transport their passengers.
Passenger safety is one reason why motorcoach drivers are subject to the hours of service restrictions. The safety of others on the roadways is another reason for these regulations.
The regulations for the hours of service drivers can work have to do with driving time, work done while not driving and work done within a specific period of time. These regulations reduce the likelihood that drivers are suffering from fatigue behind the wheel.
There are hours of service regulations for most truckers, but the ones for those driving passenger vehicles are much stricter, as there are fewer permissible driving hours per shift for drivers ferrying passengers from point “A” to point “B.”
For motorcoach drivers, the limit per shift is 16 hours, but only 10 of those hours can be driving hours. Eight hours of rest between shifts is necessary. On top of that, the driver can only work a maximum of 60 hours in seven days, or 70 hours in eight days. The period does not begin on a set day, as the days are counted on a rolling basis.
For people who are injured in accidents involving motorcoaches, investigating the driver’s hours of service is often a good starting point. This can let you know if the driver was in compliance with regulations at the time that the accident occurred. If he or she wasn’t, that could become a premise for an injury claim.
Source: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, “Interstate Passenger Carrying Driver’s Guide to Hours of Service,” accessed Nov. 22, 2016