11 and 14 Hour Rule in Washington State

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What are the 11 and 14 hour Rules?

11 and 14-hour rules are federal motor carrier safety administration rules that are very vital in protecting the commercial truck drivers and the society in general. The provisions governing the on-duty and driving time of commercial drivers are provided in the Hours of Service (HOS) rules, which are mandatory to enhance safety and reduce fatigue-related crashes.

11 Hour Rule:

This rule restricts the working hours of truck drivers to the maximum of 11 hours in a day after taking a break of 10 consecutive hours off duty.

14 Hour Rule:

This rule provides that a driver cannot proceed behind the wheel after the fourteenth hour to the time he starts his work given that he has been off work for 10 consecutive hours.

Breaking of these rules may result in severe legal measures which may include fines to both the driver and the carrier.

Creating a Defense Against the 11 and 14 Hour Rule

Complaining against violations of the 11 and 14 hour rules can be stressful, but you do not have to face it alone. Ticket Cutter has a team of professionals who have been dealing with HOS violations defence for commercial drivers and carriers. In case you have been charged with violating such rules you need the services of a lawyer.

Turn to Ticket Cutter if You Need Legal Help

Being charged with a violation of the 11 and 14 hour rules? The next step that you need to take is to consult a competent lawyer. Ticket Cutter is a law firm that services the whole of Washington State and we also conduct our consultations virtually and are always on call. This is why our primary objective is to provide you the best defense strategy and our firm begins with a free initial consultation.

Understanding Your Legal Options

When charged with violating the 11 and 14 hour rules, you have several legal avenues to consider:

  • Contest the Violation: Contact us for a court battle of the violation with the help of our professional lawyers.
  • Mitigation: This will allow you to present the case in a hearing and possibly have the penalties lessened.
  • Corrective Actions: Apply remedial actions within your company to show that you are in compliance and to avoid further non-compliance.
  • Training Programs: The HOS compliance training should be taken to demonstrate the organization’s commitment to the regulation.

All the options are good in their way and our team will be glad to help you choose the most suitable one for you.

Area of Practice Relating to Our 11 and 14 Hour Rule Defense Services

At Ticket Cutter, we handle a wide range of services related to violations of the 11 and 14 hour rules:

  • Initial Case Evaluation: Consider the facts of your case to come up with strong defense approaches to help in your case.
  • Court Representation: Represent you in hearings and trials.
  • Negotiation with Regulators: Strive to lessen the charges or penalties based on the bargaining process.
  • Consultation and Advice: Give some suggestions about what may happen and what would be the most beneficial course of action.
  • Evidence Gathering: Gather and analyze data, which may include the Vehicle Maintenance Report, Logbook and ELD data.
  • Compliance Audits: Carry out audits of your processes in order to check if you are compliant with HOS rules.
  • Appeals: Appeal if the first decision is not in the client’s favor.

Why You May Need a Lawyer

The following are the reasons why legal representation for HOS violations is important. An attorney can:

  • Reduce Penalties: To mitigate the fines one should take every possible step avoid any additional measures.
  • Dismiss Charges: It is advisable to try to have the violation completely thrown out.
  • Prevent License Suspension: Prevent being disqualified or having your CDL suspended.
  • Expert Guidance: Understand the Federal and State HOS laws as well as the Court systems.

It is always better to have a lawyer by your side because the chances of getting a good result are higher.

Effects of Breaching the 11 and 14 Hour Rules in Washington State

Washington State imposes strict penalties for HOS violations, which may include:

  • Fines: Possible monetary fines for the drivers and the carriers.
  • Out-of-Service Orders: Such consequences include but not limited to: the immediate prohibition of the individual from driving a commercial vehicle.
  • License Suspension: Possible action include suspension or even disqualification of the CDL.
  • Increased Scrutiny: The increased number of inspections and audits for the carriers.
  • Insurance Implications: Larger insurance premiums for the carriers which fail to meet laid down standards.

These outcomes show that it is necessary to turn to a lawyer as soon as possible.

11 and 14 hours Rule Legal Representation

At Ticket Cutter, our team uses a systematic and a very analytical approach when it comes to the defense of HOS violations for clients. Our process includes:

  • Knowledge and Procedures: Leveraging the knowledge of federal and state HOS laws as well as handling court cases.
  • Evaluation and Representation: Thus, the author provides a detailed description of each violation and helps the clients to understand the most effective legal actions.
  • Personalized Defense Plans: Based on the aspects of the concrete case, the defense strategies that ought to be implemented are developed.

Our goal is to achieve the most favorable result for our clients and we do that using all the tools we have at our disposal.

Our Specialization in 11 and 14 Hour Rule Defense

Reliance on Ticket Cutter in dealing with the cases involving HOS violation. Such is the record of our success, which proves that we are capable of challenging such violations and obtaining positive results. We stand for the protection of your driving record and ensuring that the consequences of these violations do not affect your work and livelihood.


Q: What is this 11 and 14 hour rule?

A: The 11 hour rule: it states that a truck driver is allowed to drive for 11 hours after which he/she has to take a break off work for the next 10 hours. The 14 hour rule states that driver shall not drive after the 14th hour in any 24-hour period commencing at the time the driver goes on duty or resumes duty; provided the driver has had 10 consecutive hours off duty.

Q: Is it possible for me to defense myself for an HOS violation?

A: Yes, with the assistance of a skillful lawyer, you are allowed to fight for the violation in court to get it thrown out or reduced.

Q: What are the possible consequences of violating the 11 and 14 hour rule?

A: The consequences may range from monetary fines, suspension from carrying out business, revocation of licenses, close supervision, and higher premiums on insurance.

Q: What will Ticket Cutter do for me in my particular case?

A: We offer the full range of legal services such as cases assessment, legal representation in court, interaction with the regulatory authorities, and consulting on the legal procedures.

Q: Should one hire a lawyer for an HOS violation?

A: Absolutely. Having a lawyer by your side can greatly improve your situation and provide a way to lessen or even erase the charges and the subsequent effects.

To learn more or to book your appointment, call Ticket Cutter at 425-264-2000 now. It is our pleasure to be of help to you in the matters of HOS regulations and your career.

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