Logging Off Duty?

Discussion in 'Trucking Industry Regulations' started by dpd1955, Sep 17, 2006.

  1. dpd1955

    dpd1955 Bobtail Member

    Aug 2, 2006
    New Hampshire Seacoast
    I've been filling out a sheet for my time at home as 24 hours off duty. Do I really have to do this or can I just put the zeroes on the inside cover of the Log Book?
  2. littlebit

    littlebit Light Load Member

    May 27, 2006
    You really have to do it. You are required to keep a record of all of you time even the days off.
  3. Burky

    Burky Road Train Member

    You need to fill out log sheet for the off duty time. However, yo can put multiple days on one sheet. If you look at the bottom of the form, there is a box that shows the number of days covered. if more than one day, just fill in the 2-3 or whatever number as appropriate. Also, the date on the sheet you turn in should be the date of the first day in the period off work. So if you are off the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, the date to be listed is the 1st, and the next time you fill out a logbook page it will be the 4th when you go back to the truck.

    I also always make a note in my recap section showing when a 34 hour reset occurred, just an arrow and a large letter "R".
  4. brinkj23

    brinkj23 "Asphalt Cowboy"

    Dec 26, 2005
    Yep gotta log it off duty for 24 hours, and fill out the whole sheet. Cause if you go out on the road, you have to have the previous seven days of logs with you for the lovely DOT men and women.
  5. Cybergal

    Cybergal Road Train Member

    Oct 20, 2008
    Each day has to have a continuous line.
  6. Cynical Driver

    Cynical Driver <strong>"Eternal Cynic"</strong>

    Aug 27, 2006
    This is how it works.

    Fill out a log for the first day off-duty (Line 1) and then check the multiple day box
    On the last day of off-duty time put in that date

    Then the log is legal for all of those days, as long as they're all in the same month. So you can actually take an entire month off and only need one page. If you have two days off and day one is the 31st, and day 2 is the 1st, then you need two pages still

    You may ONLY do this if it is all off duty time, no sleeper berth (line 2), no driving (line 3), no on-duty not driving (line 4). Basically you can only do this with home time.

    Hope this helps.
  7. PackRatTDI

    PackRatTDI Licensed to Ill

    Jul 15, 2006
    El Chuco, Tejas
    I got a ticket for falsifying my logbook in Pennsylvania for putting a line through the sleeper the entire day I sat at a truckstop. The state trooper told me since I admitted getting out of the sleeper to go to the bathroom and grab something to eat to take back to the truck, I was falsifying my logbook. Seemed to me to be rather picky and hypertenchnical to have to log from sleeper to off-duty every time I got out of the "dang" truck just to take a wizz. Plus he cited me for not filling out a pre-trip for the day I sat at the truckstop. Coupled with a ticket for being on a restricted road the whole thing ended up costing me $350.
  8. socalborn

    socalborn Bobtail Member

    Sep 22, 2006
    Lincoln, Nebraska for now

    This sounds real stupid. I'm not a driver, though, so I don't know any better. Does this sort of bureaucratic junk happen a lot or was he just looking for stuff to tack onto a ticket? If you were at a truckstop, what suspicion did he have to search your records? I'm just real curious because (and don't you all laugh at once) I was told law enforcement personnel gave most professional drivers a break. It sounds real nitpicky to me, too. Do you have to cover your back so assiduously ALL the time? :confused1:
  9. PackRatTDI

    PackRatTDI Licensed to Ill

    Jul 15, 2006
    El Chuco, Tejas
    I missed the truck bypass on US11 south near Harrisburg. Not wanting to try to turn around and get myself into a potential jam I kept going. He pulled me over on the US11/Interstate 81 interchange. He asked to see my logbook and he flipped back a few days and came across that log entry. I personally think he was just looking for an excuse to tack on a ticket because I had done that before (line through the sleeper when I was stopped for a day at a truckstop) and had my logbook reviewed by a DOT officer and he didn't say anything about it.
  10. MACK E-6

    MACK E-6 Moderator Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2005
    Baltimore, MD
    Most cops are decent, but some have serious attitude problems. Some will think to themselves "Hmmm. This is a PROFESSIONAL driver. I got 'im now. Let me crawl up his rear end and see what I can find."

    As far as the restricted road, I believe I know where he's talking about. If I'm not mistaken he got stopped on US-11/15, on that part where there's signs posted saying "No 102's, doubles, and trailers longer than 28'. I believe it's north of I-81 up to US 22/322.
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