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January 16, 2018

Q. 10-hour rest period. Is it okay for the company to wake you up during the 10-hour rest period to tell you about your next load?

A. Great question! The FMCSA clarified this in an FAQ

https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/sites/fmcsa.dot.gov/files/docs/ALL%20Interpretations%20thru%20Feb%202016.docx

From the FMCSA document above:

Question 5: Do telephone calls to or from the motor carrier that momentarily interrupt a driver’s rest period constitute a change of the driver’s duty status?

Guidance: Telephone calls of this type do not prevent the driver from obtaining adequate rest. Therefore, the FHWA does not consider these brief telephone calls to be a break in the driver’s off duty status.

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Answered by : Scott Sutarik from Geotab

Business Development, OEM Sales Manager

Scott Sutarik is the Business Development, OEM Sales Manager at Geotab Inc. He has extensive experience within the truck manufacturing industry, specializing in medium duty and heavy duty trucks. He previously worked in sales and marketing at Navistar Inc. where he supported over 700 dealerships, worked with suppliers and telematics providers, and managed the OnCommand Connection Program. With his expertise in telematics, regulatory compliance, engine diagnostics, and alternative fueled vehicles, Scott provides training and works with Geotab's partners to develop leading-edge fleet management solutions for the trucking industry.

Scott Sutarik is the Business Development, OEM Sales Manager at Geotab Inc. He has extensive experience within the truck manufacturing industry, specializing in medium duty and heavy duty trucks. He previously worked in sales and marketing at Navistar Inc. where he supported over 700 dealerships, worked with suppliers and telematics providers, and managed the OnCommand Connection Program. With his expertise in telematics, regulatory compliance, engine diagnostics, and alternative fueled vehicles, Scott provides training and works with Geotab's partners to develop leading-edge fleet management solutions for the trucking industry.

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