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Commercial Vehicle Drivers Hours of Service Regulations (SOR/2005-313)

Regulations are current to 2024-05-01 and last amended on 2021-06-12. Previous Versions

SCHEDULE 1(Paragraphs 18(1)(c.1), 19(1)(c), 41(1)(c.1) and 42(1)(c) and subsection 97(3))Sleeper Berths

  • 1 An area of a commercial vehicle is a sleeper berth if

    • (a) it is designed to be used as sleeping accommodation;

    • (b) it is located in the cab of the commercial vehicle or immediately adjacent to the cab and is securely fixed to it;

    • (c) it is not located in or on a semi-trailer or a full trailer;

    • (d) if it is located in the cargo space, it is securely compartmentalized from the remainder of the cargo space;

    • (e) in the case of a bus,

      • (i) it is located in the passenger compartment,

      • (ii) it is at least 1.9 m in length, 60 cm in width and 60 cm in height,

      • (iii) it is separated from the passenger area by a solid physical barrier that is equipped with a door that can be locked,

      • (iv) it provides privacy for the occupant, and

      • (v) it is equipped with a means to significantly limit the amount of light entering the area;

    • (f) in the case of a commercial vehicle other than a bus, it is rectangular in shape with at least the following dimensions:

      • (i) 1.9 m in length, measured on the centre line of the longitudinal axis,

      • (ii) 60 cm in width, measured on the centre line of the transverse axis, and

      • (iii) 60 cm in height, measured from the sleeping mattress to the highest point of the area;

    • (g) it is constructed so that there are no impediments to ready entrance to or exit from the area;

    • (h) there is a direct and readily accessible means of passing from it into the driver’s seat or compartment;

    • (i) it is protected against leaks and overheating from the vehicle’s exhaust system;

    • (j) it is equipped to provide heating, cooling and ventilation within the range of household temperatures;

    • (k) it is sealed against dust and rain;

    • (l) it is equipped with a mattress that is at least 10 cm thick; and

    • (m) it is equipped with a means of preventing ejection of the occupant during deceleration of the commercial vehicle, the means being designed, installed and maintained to withstand a total force of 2 700 kg applied toward the front of the vehicle and parallel to the longitudinal axis of the vehicle.


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