Driving Off-Duty

Discussion in 'Trucking Industry Regulations' started by AdmiralRodCawker, Jun 10, 2019.

  1. AdmiralRodCawker

    AdmiralRodCawker Bobtail Member

    Mar 29, 2016
    I'm going to start by saying that I'm going to run completely legal going forward.

    I'm not going to give any specifics. I'm a local driver. I pick up a loaded trailer in the morning, drive 250 miles and spend about 45 minutes getting unloaded then either deadhead or haul dunnage back. I do this Monday-Friday and have the option of doing it Saturday for an extra 4 cpm. Twice I've been given the option on a Saturday to deliver to a different location (same company) 500 miles away. Both times I did the trip off duty and logged out of the eld. I was extremely nervous when I did it and decided I'm not doing it again. I stop and sleep for 8 hours on the way back. Essentially, I did the trips while on my 34 hour reset. Not sure what the boss does to cover our tracks but what kind of trouble could I still get into if DOT found out I did it?
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  2. I glide 47

    I glide 47 Road Train Member

    Jun 3, 2017
  3. ZVar

    ZVar Road Train Member

    Sep 10, 2010
    Flint, MI
    In a normal catch: Placed OOS, and a fine with the amount dependent on the state.
    In a wreck, you go to jail.
  4. D.Tibbitt

    D.Tibbitt Road Train Member

    Apr 26, 2013
    Well worst case scenario u get in a wreck and kill somebody. Guess whos going to jail , it aint ur boss
  5. AdmiralRodCawker

    AdmiralRodCawker Bobtail Member

    Mar 29, 2016
    I want to clarify that my boss would have no problem with me running it legal and doing my 34 hour when I get back.

    I definitely don't want prison. I'm legal from here on out.

    Thanks for the replies!
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  6. x1Heavy

    x1Heavy Road Train Member

    Mar 5, 2016
    White County, Arkansas
    Then you need to learn to say the word no.

    Worse that can happen is you getting fired. Document every time your boss asks you to run illegally. Tell him to call another driver for those loads. Especially those you literally do not have time for (Legally)
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  7. Mid-May Trucker

    Mid-May Trucker Medium Load Member

    Oct 23, 2018
    If you had the hours why didn't you do it legally you weren't driving on Sunday anyways.
  8. AdmiralRodCawker

    AdmiralRodCawker Bobtail Member

    Mar 29, 2016
    Doing it legally I would get back around 10am Sunday. I'd have to take Monday off because of how the schedule works during the week.
  9. RicoNC

    RicoNC Light Load Member

    Jan 31, 2015
    Raleigh/Clayton, NC
    I'm not gonna give you a speech, since I've done that...however...do the opposite of NIKE..just DONT do it...for an extra 0.04 ain't worth the risk you're taking...like someone mention before it's all fun until someone gets hurt...as far as your boss "having your back" think again if he will be backing you up in front of a judge...he can say as simple I never told him neither I made him run illegal...that's just my 0.02...BE SAFE!!
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  10. sevenmph

    sevenmph Road Train Member

    Jan 26, 2007
    Indianapolis, In
    Many of is has done it at one time or another. More money to be made. Personally, I finally realized I was just driving for the wrong company.
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