bobtail miles

Discussion in 'Trucking Industry Regulations' started by mudbuddy3, Sep 14, 2008.

  1. mudbuddy3

    mudbuddy3 Bobtail Member

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    Hello, this is only my second post. I've been driving for a few years now, and I keep getting different answers on logging bobtail miles. Can anyone tell me, do you have to log them? Does the 100 air mile radius rule affect this?
     
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  3. dancnoone

    dancnoone "Village Idiot"

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    Bobtail miles...if you're working...Line 3

    If you're relieved of duty....Line 1
     
  4. mudbuddy3

    mudbuddy3 Bobtail Member

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    Okay,so I need to keep track of bobtail miles so I can use total miles and miles driven boxes correctly.
     
  5. dancnoone

    dancnoone "Village Idiot"

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    It depends on your company, and what they want.

    If you log this time on line 1. Then send in your logs, reflecting 275 miles with only 3 hours driving (from line 3). You're going to get hit with a speeding violation from your logging department audits.

    I get dinged every time I do this. I just gave up, and started logging it as driving. If I had the hours that is, and I was going home for the weekend.
     
  6. psanderson

    psanderson Road Train Member

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    You must show all driven miles. If you are off-duty and bobtailing home don't show them on your log however you should be showing them on your trip report as off-duty miles in this manner support the IFTA taxes on all miles driven in any state. Failure to show them as shown here could cause you/your company to be fined big time under the IFTA agreement.

    From a retired federal DOT official
     
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  7. stranger

    stranger Road Train Member

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    psanderson, I'm glad you are part of this forum.

    We can learn a great deal of information from your experience as a DOT official.
     
  8. Lurchgs

    Lurchgs Road Train Member

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    String him up, I say! String him up from the highest...

    oh.. wait. Retired

    Duh!

    Hey there, PSAnderson! Welcome to the forum!
    Man, I wish you'd been around when I was asking stupider questions than I do now.

    Peace out, dude! :)
     
  9. revroarii

    revroarii Bobtail Member

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  10. stranger

    stranger Road Train Member

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    What happened to psanderson? 1 1/2 years since his last post.
     
  11. davenjeip

    davenjeip Medium Load Member

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    I used to get hit with the same thing. Company only wants line 3 miles counted, but I always felt like it was wrong not to show a true count of all miles driven.

    Now, I make a notation under my recorded miles saying "on duty". Then, I flag my off duty driving and make a note of start/end locations and miles for that trip.

    Might be more than I need to show, but I figure that as long as I am legal it keeps my company happy and is one less thing for the DOT to complain about.
     
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