I think this is the 5-6 post that says this--if you are a company driver--do it the way they want! Simple
As for me--I flag a pre-trip and show a VI during my 15min fuel everyday--then flag a post trip--when I fill inspection report out.
BUT--and this is a big but--I drive the same truck and pull the same trailer always--and I am the only one who does--So I audit my own logs and have had more than one DOT types tell me--they do not worry as much about guys like me--they can tell my trucks in good shape-and they know I see it all the time--big difference from a company guy that may pull multiple trailers in a day and/or slipseat.
Logging Pre/Post Trip Insp.
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My company likes to go Above and Beyond-- log 15 minutes pre And post trip. If you want to split your sleeper berth time, log 15 minutes pre and post trip again for each break-- 2 and 8. They also want to see 15 minutes on Line 1 before you start your 8 hours in the bunk and 15 more minutes after you come out of the bunk on Line 1 again so you ended up actually burning up 11.5 hours off duty/sleeper. This is why they discourage split sleepers. That's what they Want, however sometimes when I was using that split for time advantage I would do only what is required in the book and never got popped for it.
Your Q: Could someone point me to the DOT Reg that says you have to put a pre-trip inspection on your log book?
Answer: § 396.11Driver vehicle inspection report(s).
(a) Report required. (1) Motor carriers.
§ 396.11Driver vehicle inspection report(s).
(a) Report required. (1) Motor carriers. Every motor carrier must require its drivers to report, and every driver must prepare a report in writing at the completion of each day's work on each vehicle operated. The report must cover at least the following parts and accessories:
'Service brakes including trailer brake connections
'Lighting devices and reflectors
'Rear vision mirrors
'Wheels and rims
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That's not to say that you shouldn't do a walk around and tire check when you park for your 10, but, that the pre trip is the primary "thorough inspection to verify the safety of the cmv before operating".
Where did the idea of "just flag the pre-trip and show 15 minutes for the post-trip" come from?
Just because it takes you less than 15 minutes that does not mean the on-duty time spent on a pre-trip just goes away.
In the interpretation section of 395.8, it explains how to show time less than 15 minutes in your log.
Question 1: How should a change of duty status for a short period of time be shown on the driver's record of duty status?
Guidance: Short periods of time (less than 15 minutes) may be identified by drawing a line from the appropriate on-duty (not driving) or driving line to the remarks section and entering the amount of time, such as "6 minutes," and the geographic location of the duty status change.
There is no specified time for a pre-trip inspection. Just show the actual time it takes you.
Now i do know a retired driver/major carrier safety director that is a driving instructor at a tech school near here--he tells me when he was a safety director--their company policies were derived from past D-O-T Audits and what they(his particular company)learned from the audit.
Just my $.02
but the fun part about that is we can eat them alive right back - just refer back to this discussion, and we all know more about this than most lawyers do - we also live by these rules and look at the confusion there is - make sure you are in compliance with FMCSA regs, as well as company policy, on your logs and reports. Those idiot lawyers will always try to eat you alive no matter what, so prove their own stupidity in court.
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