Flexible Sleeper Berth Pilot Program

The Flexible Sleeper Berth Pilot Program is a field operational test allowing regulatory flexibility in the HOS provisions. Carriers that would like flexibility with the sleeper berth provision will be identified. There will be constraints on the use of split-sleep for team driving. Driver alertness and changes in health metrics will be measured. The sample size goal is 200 drivers—stratified by size of carrier—to include drivers from large, medium, and small carriers who regularly use their sleeper berth and have completed the North American Fatigue Management Program. The proposed research design is an “in-subject and between-subject design,” where alertness both within subjects and across subjects will be compared for drivers who operate under different alternatives within the HOS provisions. Drivers will be remunerated for the time spent performing tasks required for the study. The study team will collect data on a minimum of 50 drivers per 90-day participation cycle. To achieve the goal of 200 participants, the study team will collect data on five 90-day cycles. An extra cycle may be needed for driver attrition. Data collection can come from a multitude of sources, including analysis of variance-based strategies that are applied to analyze mixed effects within and between subjects.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Federal Register Notice of pilot program published; comment period closed August 7, 2017. Federal Register 60-day notice of proposed information collection closed on August 28, 2017. Working to publish 30-day notice (currently in FMCSA concurrence); expect ICR to be with OMB by late November.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $2,695,100
  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    Department of Transportation

    Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC    20590
  • Project Managers:

    Michel, Nicole

  • Performing Organizations:

    Virginia Tech Transportation Institute

    3500 Transportation Research Plaza
    Blacksburg, Virginia  United States  24061
  • Start Date: 20150909
  • Expected Completion Date: 20190628
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01661840
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
  • Files: RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Mar 5 2018 8:03AM