Last week a Super Shuttle van was involved in a fatal crash leaving Dulles Airport in Virginia. An investigation by Channel 9 News has called attention to many problems including Super Shuttle drivers working long Hours-of-Service.
SuperShuttle drivers told Channel 9 News that they regularly drive their airport shuttle vans 16 to 24 hours per shift.
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Commission (WMATC) is responsible for the regulation of for-hire vehicles within the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit District. According to WMATC their are no rules regulating the Hours-of-Service for airport shuttle companies including SuperShuttle.
On the federal level, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration of the U.S. DOT does regulate the Hours-of-Service for most commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers. Generally, CMV drivers transporting 9 or more passengers (including the driver) are limited to when and how long they drive their vehicles.
The SuperShuttle Blue vans transport up to 10 Passengers and are regulated by the WMATC and are not required to follow the U.S. DOT Hours-of-Service rules.
U.S. DOT Hours-of-Service Rules
- 10 Hour Driving Limit: Drivers may drive a maximum of 10 hours after 8 consecutive hours of off duty.
- 15 Hour On-Duty Limit: Drivers may not drive after having been on duty for 15 hours, following 8 consecutive hours off duty.
- 60/70 Hour On-Duty Limit: Drivers may not drive after 60/70 hours on duty in 7/8 consecutive days.
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