DOT Bible- Green book

Discussion in 'Trucking Industry Regulations' started by Trucker574, Oct 18, 2019.

  1. Trucker574

    Trucker574 Bobtail Member

    Jun 3, 2009
    Laporte, IN
    Done with training with PAM
    Good training vs some other options that I had
    Learned patience for sure and stamina

    Had a question. My trainer had a thick green book in the cab that he call his' semi bible.
    He said that if I learn it and go by it I will succeed. He also said DOT and lawyers look for any infractions that a driver of company may break. I have moved on from the starter company and with a small privately owed one. They said in orientation that we don't have to carry this with us, even though I keep mine to read.
    Which books (booklets) if any are required to have in the cab? (no hazmat)
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  3. keebler13579

    keebler13579 Medium Load Member

    Nov 16, 2012
    I always thought that green book was required to be carried with you althoug mine collects dust on my shelf
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  4. MBAngel

    MBAngel Medium Load Member

    Apr 1, 2018
    Tucson, Arizona
    Hehehe, read the green book to find out. I carry both the hazmat book, and the green book. If an officer says I'm violating a reg, I wanna see it in writing.
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  5. x1Heavy

    x1Heavy Road Train Member

    Mar 5, 2016
    White County, Arkansas
    I generally carried a hazmat fast response, orange or yellow current year an inch thick on essentially everything for response depending on what was in the 4 digit number and diamond code.

    I carried the DOT Bible (The green one) for many years. I don't recall a trip without it. I probably still have the #### thing somewhere stored.

    A trucking company should never go pooh pooh it's not necessary. That brings a wrong message. If you feel you have to have it? Have at it. It might save both yourself and the Tinpot DOT much trouble when it points out a trouble issue to be settled in chapter and verse. Either your favor or DOT's favor.

    And maps. Lots of maps. Plus a black notebook containing places I will never haul to or from in my lifetime. I usually engineered small bans with either well placed language or some sort of whoopsie that offends them greatly but no harm done other than to throw me out. That usually stops the dispatcher from constantly sending me back there. Alpo west in Allentown comes to mind. If I pick up another sack of Alpo it will be a cold day...
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  6. tscottme

    tscottme Road Train Member

    Jul 25, 2008
    Nashville, TN
    Other than the permit book for the truck, I don't know of any book the law/regulations REQUIRE you to have in the truck, except the HazMat book if you have HazMat freight. That doesn't mean you shouldn't carry the DOT regs, for example. You are required to comply with the regulations within the "green book" but you are not required to carry it.
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  7. kemosabi49

    kemosabi49 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    Jan 13, 2013
    SW Arkansas
    When I first driving, I would read the green book when I was waiting for loading etc. I was glad I did. Knowledge is power.
  8. ZVar

    ZVar Road Train Member

    Sep 10, 2010
    Flint, MI
    And if you don't want to spend the money on a green book (found in most truckstops) you can go online and read it. It's only about $5, so well worth buying.
    Here is the link though. Search Regulations
    The green book contains sections 380, 382, 383, 387, 390-397, 399 and Appendix G as per the JJKeller site.
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  9. Blowcanner1975

    Blowcanner1975 Bobtail Member

    Feb 12, 2017
    If you were required to carry it, when you were pulled over or inspected the officer would ask for license, medical card, registration and regulation book... They wouldn't pass up an EASY ticket...
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  10. CrappieJunkie

    CrappieJunkie Wishin' I was fishin'

    Mar 9, 2014
    In a van down by the River.
    Permit book and log book.
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  11. MGE Dawn

    MGE Dawn Heavy Load Member

    May 19, 2019
    Vancouver, WA
    Even if yer runnin' elogs. They require you to have blank backups in case the compooper shats itself
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