E logs

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by Southpaw7391, Mar 12, 2011.

  1. Southpaw7391

    Southpaw7391 Light Load Member

    Oct 22, 2010
    I'm sure this has been asked before,

    Question about E-logs, how do they work say on your 34 hour restart, are you to sit in the truck stop or rest area for the full 34 hours ??
    say you want to go to do your laundry, or do some shopping, are you suppose to call a cab for these things now ??

    What if you are at home and you want to take the truck to get it washed, as soon as it moves wont the e-log start tracking ??

    Or is there a way to log off log on feature ??

    Be safe all
  2. pepper687

    pepper687 Light Load Member

    Apr 28, 2009

    If you are "Off Duty" in a city, you can drive to a restaurant or whatever as long as you dont leave that city. If you are working for a company that has computer logs connected to the trucks computer (I guess thats how they do it), and it automatically switches the logs to "Drive" when you start driving, then its time to find another company to drive for.
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  3. ronin

    ronin Road Train Member

    Jul 22, 2008
    San Antonio, Texas
    Yep, as soon as you start moving, usually 7/10 of a mile... but if you're logged off and drive.. when you log back in, the system will ask you if you're responsible for the time just used.

    For example - you drop your truck off with your company shop and take two days off. You log off. The technician road tests your truck after repairs, and of course, time is recorded. When you return and log in, indicate that no, you're not responsible for the time on the truck while you were gone. It ignores that time at that point.

    I've seen folks log out, go to Walmart or whatever, then log back in, refuse the time, and the 34 hour reset stays intact.
  4. northstarfire0693

    northstarfire0693 Medium Load Member

    Jul 1, 2006
    Thank God for that trick. I wonder how long ot will last ?
  5. Rerun8963

    Rerun8963 Road Train Member

    Mar 30, 2006
    if you are at a truck stop for your 34 hour reset (a better place than a rest area) ALL services you might need are available...food, shopping, laundry, etc,etc....

    some truck stops are literally across the street from many other businesses, as well.
    Southpaw7391 Thanks this.
  6. northstarfire0693

    northstarfire0693 Medium Load Member

    Jul 1, 2006
    They are at a high $$$$$$$
  7. D_Jeffers

    D_Jeffers Light Load Member

    Mar 15, 2011
    Everywhere except NE
    You need to plan your 34 rest stop. If you move your truck it will log you on line 3. Does your company allow off duty driving? You may have a line 5 option they can put you on for personal use. Remember for Off Duty Driving you cannot be pulling a trailer and you must begin and end at the same location. Talk to your safety department.
  8. walstib

    walstib Darkstar

    Why can't you just turn it off?...A friend with FFE said he can turn his off...My thoughts were, wouldn't the company know there is missing time and miles...
  9. ironpony

    ironpony Road Train Member

    Sep 23, 2007
    Ask my GPS...
    A "real" elog system can't be turned off - no point in having it if it works that way. If it's the QualComm product, you certainly can't turn the stupid thing off!

    34-hour restart: You should be able to go to line 5 to use the tractor for personal use - most elog systems have this to differentiate between on-duty and legitimate off-duty driving.

    Washing the truck: That sounds like using the truck for a business purpose... elogs or paper, you'd need to log that as on-duty.
  10. outerspacehillbilly

    outerspacehillbilly "Instigator of the Legend"

    May 28, 2009
    The Who's Your State

    Thank you Mr. Genius! That wasn't what he asked. I think we are all quite aware that truck stops have such things but he is asking a legitimate question and you come up with some half wit answer like usual!
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