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CDL Practice Test: Logbook Rules

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CDL Practice Test: Logbook Rules

Logbook Rules Questions

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Which of the following is considered on duty time
  • All time loading and unloading your truck
  • All driving time
  • All time inspecting or servicing your truck, including fueling
  • All of these are considered on duty time
This is a question from page 94 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 0 Of The Illinois CDL Manual:

What Is Considered On Duty Time?

The 60 / 70 hour limit is based on how many hours you work over a 7 or 8 day period. Just what kind of work is considered on duty time? It includes all time you are working or are required to be ready to work, for any employer. Here are some specific activities which are considered to be on duty time:

  • All time spent at a plant, shipping / receiving facility, terminal, or other facility of a motor carrier, unless you are in your sleeper berth or have been relieved of all work related responsibilities.
  • All time inspecting or servicing your truck, including fueling it and washing it.
  • All driving time.
  • All other time in a truck unless you are resting in a sleeper berth.
  • All time loading, unloading, supervising, or attending your truck; or handling paperwork for shipments.
  • All time spent providing a breath, saliva, hair, or urine sample for drug / alcohol testing, including travel to and from the collection site.
  • All time spent doing any other work for a motor carrier, including giving or receiving training and driving a company car.
  • All time spent doing paid work for anyone who is not a motor carrier, such as a part-time job at a local restaurant.

The bottom line is that on duty time includes all time you are working for a motor carrier, whether paid or not, and all time you are doing paid work for anyone else.

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What does HOS stand for?
  • Hometime Optimization System
  • Hours of Service
  • Highway Organization System
  • Hours on Site
This is a question from page 92 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 0 Of The Illinois CDL Manual:

As a truck or bus driver, you'll be required to record and abide by all working and driving limitations which were created by the Department of Transportation (DOT). The rules govern a commercial driver's working and resting hours and are referred to as Hours of Service (HOS) Regulations.

TruckingTruth's Advice:

During the rest of this program, we will be referencing HOS instead of saying Hours of Service every time. As an industry standard, HOS always stands for Hours of Service and the vast majority of people in the trucking industry are very familiar with the term HOS.

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HOS regulations were designed to do all of the following except:
  • So that carriers can't force drivers to drive beyond their limits
  • To regulate the maximum amount of time drivers can spend resting between driving shifts
  • To require drivers to keep an updated log showing all of their working and resting hours
  • To ensure drivers wouldn't push themselves too far
This is a question from page 92 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 0 Of The Illinois CDL Manual:

What Are Hours Of Service Regulations?

HOS regulations are rules issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) which is a division within the Department of Transportation (DOT). The regulations limit the number of daily and weekly hours which can be spent driving and working. They also regulate the minimum amount of time drivers must spend resting between driving shifts. Drivers are required to keep an updated log showing all of their working and resting hours.

Why Do HOS Regulations Exist?

The purpose of HOS regulations is to reduce accidents caused by driver fatigue. Many drivers don't like being told when they can and can't drive, but as you can see in Figure 13-1 below, the risk of an accident is directly related to how many hours a driver has been behind the wheel. HOS regulations were designed so that drivers wouldn't push themselves too far and also so that carriers can't force drivers to drive beyond their limits.

Figure 13-1

TruckingTruth's Advice:

The required resting periods are minimum requirements, not maximum requirements. The same can be said about working hours. Bottom line, if you're too tired to drive, don't drive!

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What happens if an EOBR malfunctions?
  • Drivers are still required to have a paper logbook in the truck in case of a malfunction
  • Drivers can call their carrier and have each duty-status changed remotely
  • The driver is expected to use an "honor system" until the issue can be repaired
  • A broken EOBR will require you to shut down immediately and remain off-duty until the EOBR can be repaired
This is a question from page 106 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 0 Of The Illinois CDL Manual:

What if my EOBR malfunctions?

As with any electronic device, your EOBR may malfunction or become completely unusable at times. You are still required to have a paper logbook in the truck in case of a malfunction. It is your responsiblity to ensure your paper logbook accounts for all time your EOBR has been down.

TruckingTruth's Advice:

Remember, during a random logbook inspection, you may be asked to show that you have a paper logbook in case of an EOBR malfunction.

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Which statement is true?
  • If you spend 10 consecutive hours off duty or in a sleeper berth of your truck, your 11 and 14 hour limits completely restart
  • All of these statements are true
  • If you spend 8 consecutive hours in the sleeper berth, you can extend your 14 hour limit
  • When using the split sleeper berth rule, you can take your 10 hour break by splitting 8 hours off in the sleeper berth and taking an additional 2 hours off duty
This is a question from page 95 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 0 Of The Illinois CDL Manual:

1. Ten consecutive hours off duty:

You may spend time in your sleeper berth to get some of, or all of, the 10 consecutive hours of off duty time. When getting your 10 consecutive hours of off duty time, what is most important is that you do not go on duty or drive during those 10 hours. At the end of the 10 consecutive hours of combined sleeper and/or off duty time, your 11-hour driving and 14 hour duty-period limits would completely restart.

2. Eight hours of sleeper berth time:

You may also use the sleeper berth to extend the 14 hour limit. Any period in the sleeper berth of at least 8 consecutive hours will not count as part of the 14 hours, and, therefore, would allow you to extend the time during which you could use your maximum 11 hours of driving.

3. Split sleeper / off duty time:

You may also use the sleeper berth in a different way to get the “equivalent of at least 10 consecutive hours off duty.” To do this, two rest periods are required. You must spend at least one of the two required rest periods in your sleeper berth. The required rest period in the sleeper berth must be at least 8 consecutive hours (but less than 10 consecutive hours). This rest period will not count as part of the 14 hours. The other, separate, rest period must be at least 2 consecutive hours (but less than 10 consecutive hours). This rest period may be spent in the sleeper berth, off duty, or sleeper berth and off duty combined. It will count as part of the 14 hours (unless you spend at least 8 consecutive hours in the sleeper berth). It does not matter which rest period you take first. After you complete your second re­quired rest period, you will have a new point on the clock from which to calculate your hours available. This new “calculation point” will be at the time you completed your first required rest period.

TruckingTruth's Advice:

The Sleeper Berth Provision is extremely important for you to be familiar with. It is one of the most confusing parts about the HOS regulations, yet, if you know the rules it will make your life much easier and help your paycheck at the same time. With more and more companies switching to electronic logbooks, understanding all the ways you can legally drive is critically important.

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If you're able to arrive early for a delivery, you should:
  • Call ahead and ask the customer for an earlier appointment time
  • Wait until the last available time to start heading to your delivery location
  • Tell your dispatcher there is too much time on the load and ask for another dispatch
  • Never show up early to a customer location
This is a question from page 107 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 0 Of The Illinois CDL Manual:

If you are picking up or delivering a load and have some time to spare on either the pick up or delivery times, call ahead and see if you can arrive early. This is an excellent way to ensure you complete the load quickly and become available for the next one. Customers are used to getting phone calls from truck drivers. Don't be afraid to call ahead.

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Which day below contains at least 1 violation?

Day 1

Day 2

  • Day 2 contains at least 1 violation
  • Day 1 contains at least 1 violation
  • There are no violations on either day
  • Both days contain violations
This is a question from page 104 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 0 Of The Illinois CDL Manual:

Day 1

Day 2

Violations:There are no violations.

Explanation - 11 Hour Limit: After 10 consecutive hours off duty, the driver had 11 hours of driving time available at 2:00 a.m. on Day 1. The driver used those 11 hours by 3:00 p.m. when he or she entered the sleeper berth for 8 consecutive hours. Because the driver accumulated at least 10 hours of rest using a combination of at least 8 consecutive hours in a sleeper berth and another break of at least 2 consecutive hours, he or she was eligible for the split sleeper berth provision. This moves the calculation point to the end of the first of the two periods of rest, or 9:00 a.m. on Day 1. Starting the calculation from there, the driver accumulated another 11 hours of driving by 4:00 a.m. on Day 2. By 6:00 a.m. on Day 2, the driver accumulated another pair of qualifying breaks totaling at least 10 hours. This moves the calculation point again, to the end of the first of the two breaks, or 11:00 p.m. on Day 1. From there, the driver accumulated another 11 hours of driving by noon on Day 2. This pattern continued, with no 11 hour violations.

Explanation - 30 Minute Break: A 30 minute break is only required when a driver wants to drive a CMV after being on duty for longer than 8 hours without a 30 consecutive minute off duty break. On both days in this example, the driver was never on duty long enough to require a 30 minute break.

Explanation - 14 Hour Limit: Calculation of the 14 hour limit begins at 2:00 a.m. on Day 1. The driver accumulates 13 hours by 3:00 p.m. before entering the sleeper berth. Because the driver then met the requirements for the split sleeper berth provision, the calculation point moves to the end of the first qualifying break, or 9:00 a.m. on Day 1. So at 11:00 p.m. on Day 1, the driver had accumulated 6 hours (any sleeper berth period of at least 8 but less than 10 consecutive hours is excluded from the 14 hour calculation). By 6:00 a.m. on Day 2, the driver accumulated another pair of qualifying breaks totaling at least 10 hours and has not exceeded the 14 hour duty limit. This moves the calculation point again, to the end of the first of the two breaks, or 11:00 p.m. on Day 1. From there, the driver accumulated 13 of 14 hours by noon on Day 2 (any sleeper berth period of less than 8 hours is included in the 14 hour calculation). This pattern continued, with no violations.

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How many days are you required to keep your completed logs?
  • 14 days
  • 12 days
  • 8 days
  • 10 days
This is a question from page 96 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 0 Of The Illinois CDL Manual:

Authorized government inspectors may check your logs at any time. You will be required to keep a log for each of the previous 8 days. The current days log must be current to your last change of duty status. Inspectors check your logs to see if you have violated the hours of service regulations. Violations of the HOS regulations can result in being fined and/or placed out of service.

TruckingTruth's Advice:

You must have a total of 8 logs at all times:

  • Your current day's log.
  • Logs for each of the previous 7 days.

Law enforcement officers and DOT inspectors will usually issue a citation if you do not have all of those logs to show them.

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