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    Sleeping top bunk while driving on trainer truck

    Just an information questions to all trainer drivers out there.Is it against some code or law to be made to sleep in the top bunk while driving down the road.I did not like this at all and felt unsafe.And how about cell phone use without the hands free headset.I thought all this was wrong.Just asking for your thoughts.Driver just off trainer truck ready for upgrade to first seat driver.


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    If the top bunk does not have restraints, it is not to be used while the truck is in motion.

    Cell phone use without some sort of hands free device is also prohibited in the regulations.

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    Well this is where you get to play stupid.. Call the safety department and ask them where the restraints on the top bunk are and then of course as if its OK if you use your cellphone while driving like your trainer...

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    He is with a PAM trainer........not surprised.

    Once you get your own truck get a headset and be legal.
    I would not sleep in the upper bunk even if it had restraints!

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    I know you are absorbing a lot right now. In your free time I would start reading your little green/white federal regulation bible they gave you. Eventually you need to learn it all. It will keep you from getting a ticket or a failed inspection.

    You can read it online too. Pay close attention to 382, 383, 390, 391, 392, 393, 395 and 396
    Click yes to the right of each number for Q&A's
    Those are your main regulations as a company driver. I would familiarize yourself with the others too.

    http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/rules-regul...section_type=A


    393.76
    Sleeper berths.

    (h)
    Occupant restraint. A motor vehicle manufactured on or after July 1, 1971, and equipped with a sleeper berth must be equipped with a means of preventing ejection of the occupant of the sleeper berth during deceleration of the vehicle. The restraint system must be designed, installed, and maintained to withstand a minimum total force of 6,000 pounds applied toward the front of the vehicle and parallel to the longitudinal axis of the vehicle.
    392.82
    Using a hand-held mobile telephone.(a)(1) No driver shall use a hand-held mobile telephone while driving a CMV.(2) No motor carrier shall allow or require its drivers to use a hand-held mobile telephone while driving a CMV.(b) Definition. For the purpose of this section only, driving means operating a commercial motor vehicle on a highway, including while temporarily stationary because of traffic, a traffic control device, or other momentary delays. Driving does not include operating a commercial motor vehicle when the driver has moved the vehicle to the side of, or off, a highway and has halted in a location where the vehicle can safely remain stationary.(c) Emergency exception. Using a hand-held mobile telephone is permissible by drivers of a CMV when necessary to communicate with law enforcement officials or other emergency services

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    Prohibition against texting.(a) Prohibition. No driver shall engage in texting while driving.(b) Motor carriers. No motor carrier shall allow or require its drivers to engage in texting while driving.(c) Definition. For the purpose of this section only, driving means operating a commercial motor vehicle, with the motor running, including while temporarily stationary because of traffic, a traffic control device, or other momentary delays. Driving does not include operating a commercial motor vehicle with or without the motor running when the driver moved the vehicle to the side of, or off, a highway, as defined in 49 CFR 390.5, and halted in a location where the vehicle can safely remain stationary.(d) Emergency exception. Texting while driving is permissible by drivers of a commercial motor vehicle when necessary to communicate with law enforcement officials or other emergency services.

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    I always thought it was Illegal to Sleep on the top Bunk while the truck was moving.

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    i find it scary that these questions are being asked...and you're driving a truck..seriously?..without common sense..you are in for a long rough ride..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stanley Williams View Post
    Just an information questions to all trainer drivers out there.Is it against some code or law to be made to sleep in the top bunk while driving down the road.I did not like this at all and felt unsafe.And how about cell phone use without the hands free headset.I thought all this was wrong.Just asking for your thoughts.Driver just off trainer truck ready for upgrade to first seat driver.
    Sounds like one of CRE Phase 1.....No top bunk when Rolling.

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    I do enjoy and appreciate the knowledge of the experience you and others bring ...... Thank you

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    I slept in the top bunk when I was training. While truck was moving. Just didn't feel comfortable sleeping in some dudes bed. Also people have been driving for years without hands free phones. Its sad just because some people can't multi task. Nobody can. Same with texting. How many people do you see driving down the road reading a book, and they are not driving slow either. So just don't get caught, and you shouldn't have a problem. Learn how to multi task it does a body good. Wonder if there is a you can't read map while driving rule. Somebody lock me up and throw away the key.

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