I have to start addressing the above questions by reminding everyone that I’m not at liberty to give out the kind of super-specific details that might make my identity obvious. So I apologize in advance for having to be somewhat general this week.
There is a legal cap on the number of hours a driver can work continuously – 10 hours of actual driving. Technically there are no legally mandated breaks – nothing like the office worker gets in the way of 15 minutes in the morning, a lunch hour, and 15 minutes in the afternoon. Oh no.
Split shifts have breaks built into the split, anything from half an hour to as much as six hours. But MUNI drivers aren’t paid for the first two hours of any split; once the clock ticks over two hours they are considered to be on ‘standby’ status, so if there’s a need they can be sent out to drive, but this rarely happens.