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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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What does DOT stand for?
  • Department of Timekeeping
  • Diary of Time
  • Department of Transportation
  • Days of On-Duty Time
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. In this section we will guide you through the HOS regulations and teach you the best methods of properly recording your hours.

TruckingTruth's Advice:

Everyone in trucking refers to the Department of Transportation as "The DOT." If you don't know this, you'll sound like a rookie. You don't want that, do ya!?

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Which log below contains at least one violation?

Day 1

Day 2

  • Day 2
  • Day 1
  • There are no violations in this example
  • Both day 1 and day 2
This is a question from page 99 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 0 Of The Illinois CDL Manual:

Day 1

Day 2

Violations: There is a 30 minute break violation in this example from 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m and 11:00 p.m. to Midnight on Day 1.

Explanation - 11 Hour Limit: On Day 1, the driver drove from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (5 hours) then again from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. (4 hours) and finally from 11:00 p.m. to Midnight (1 hour). Therefore, the driver drove for a total of 10 hours on Day 1 (5 + 4 + 1) and never violated the 11 hour limit. On Day 2, the driver only drove between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. for a total of 4 hours, thus, no violation of the 11 hour limit occurred.

Explanation - 30 Minute Break: On Day 1, the calculation point for the 30 minute break provision is 10:00 a.m. In order to continue driving beyond 6:00 p.m. (8 hours after the initial starting calculation point) a 30 minute break off duty must be taken. Since the driver never took a break off duty, a 30 minute break violation occurred between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. The driver then went on duty between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m., before violating the 30 minute break provision again by driving a CMV between 11:00 p.m. and Midnight. In order to remain legal, the driver should have taken his/her 30 minute break by 6:00 p.m. On Day 2, the driver was only on duty for a total of 7 consecutive hours which would not require a 30 minute break.

Explanation - 14 Hour Limit: After taking 10 consecutive hours off duty, the driver had 14 hours available beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Day 1. The driver switched into the sleeper berth at Midnight, exactly 14 hours later. Since the driver remained in the sleeper for 10 consecutive hours, the 14 hour limit reset and the new starting calculation point was then 10:00 a.m. on Day 2. The driver only remained on duty from the hours of 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. for a total of 7 hours of on duty time on Day 2. The driver remined legal on both days and no violation occurred.

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What violations occurred on Day 2 of this example?

Day 1

Day 2


  • There is a 14 and 11 hour rule violation
  • There is a 14 and 11 hour rule violation as well as a 30 minute break violation
  • There is an 11 hour rule violation and a 30 minute break violation
  • There is a 14 hour rule violation and a 30 minute break violation
This is a question from page 102 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 0 Of The Illinois CDL Manual:

Day 1

Day 2

Violations: There are a total of 3 violations on Day 2. First, there is a 14 hour rule violation from 1:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m. Second, there is a 30 minute break violation from 8:00 p.m - midnight. And third, there is also an 11 hour rule violation from 11:00 p.m. - midnight.

Explanation - 11 Hour Limit: After 10 consecutive hours off duty using a combination of off duty and sleeper berth time, the driver was eligible to drive for up to 11 hours starting at 10:00 a.m. on Day 1. By 2:00 a.m. on Day 2, the driver had driven 9 hours. By obtaining 10 consecutive hours off duty on Day 2, the 11 hour calculation point moved to noon on Day 2, at which point the driver had 11 hours of driving time available again. The driver violated the 11 hour rule by driving beyond the 11 hour limit between 11:00 p.m. and Midnight.

Explanation - 30 Minute Break: On Day 1, the driver was never required to take a 30 minute break because the longest stretch of on duty time during the entire day was only 6 consecutive hours. On day 2, the driver never took a minimum of 30 consecutive minutes off duty, even after remaining in the driver's seat for more than 8-hours. At 8:00 p.m. the driver was in violation of the 30 minute break provision and remained in violation for the remainder of the day.

Explanation - 14 Hour Limit: After 10 consecutive hours off duty, the driver had 14 hours available at 10:00 a.m. on Day 1. The driver reached the 14 hour limit at midnight (the 5-hour sleeper-berth period is included in the 14 hour calculation because it was less than 8 hours). Though the driver was not eligible to drive a CMV after midnight, he or she was able to continue working on duty without violation, as long as no driving took place (which was done for 1 hour). The driver violated the 14 hour rule by driving a CMV at 1:00 a.m. Then, after 10 consecutive hours off duty, the 14 hour calculation point moved to noon on Day 2, at which point the driver had 14 hours available to work again.

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What happens if you spend 8 hours in the sleeper berth?
  • Those hours will not count as part of your 14 hour on duty time, and therefore, would allow you to extend the time during which you could use your maximum 11 hours of driving
  • Spending 8 hours in the sleeper berth will completely reset your 60/70 hour on duty clock
  • You will regain 8 hours on your 14 hour on duty time
  • Spending 8 hours in the sleeper berth will completely reset your 14 hour on duty time and your 11 hour driving time
This is a question from page 95 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 0 Of The Illinois CDL Manual:

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.

TruckingTruth's Advice:

Basically, when you take an 8 hour break in the sleeper berth, your time simply extends. You can't reset your hours completely, but those 8 hours will not count against your 14 hour on duty time.

In other words, let's say you have the following hours remaining:

  • 14 hour duty clock: 7 hours
  • 11 hour driving clock: 6 hours

If you go into the sleeper berth, in 8 hours you will still have the same time remaining.

If you had taken 10 consecutive hours off instead, your 14 and 11 hour limits would have completely reset. That's why the 8 hour sleeper berth rule should only be used when necessary. Normally this rule is used when it is necessary in order to make a delivery legally and on-time.

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Is the below example a completed 34 hour restart?

Day 1

Day 2

  • Yes, the restart has been completed
  • None of these answers are correct
  • No, the driver didn't complete two rest periods between 1:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m.
  • No, the driver didn't spend enough time off duty to complete the restart
This is a question from page 105 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 0 Of The Illinois CDL Manual:

Day 1





Day 2






Explanation - 34 Hour Restart: This example shows a 34 hour restart which is incomplete. While the driver took a total of 34 hours off duty from 4:00 a.m. on Day 1 until 4:00 p.m. on Day 2 (total of 36 hours off duty) the driver still did not meet the requirements. Two rest periods must be taken between the hours of 1:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. and in this example, only one rest period during those hours were completed (Day 2). This driver is not necessarily in violation of any rules, but he/she still must count back the previous 8 days when calculating the 70 hour limit as the 34 hour break did not reset the 70 hour limit.

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What does the 14 hour on duty limit mean?
  • You are allowed to drive for 7 hours then must take a 7 hour break
  • You must rest for at least 14 consecutive hours each day
  • From the time you first go on duty after a 10 consecutive hour break, you are allowed 14 consecutive hours to use your 11 hour drive time
  • You can drive up to 14 consecutive hours per day
This is a question from page 93 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 0 Of The Illinois CDL Manual:

The 14 Hour Duty Limit

This limit is usually thought of as a "daily" limit, even though it is not based on a 24 hour period. You are allowed a period of 14 consecutive-hours of duty time after being off duty for 10 or more consecutive hours. The 14 consecutive hour duty period begins when you start any kind of work (performing vehicle maintenance, loading / unloading cargo, fueling, etc.). Once you have reached the end of this 14 consecutive hour period, you cannot drive again until you have been off duty for another 10 consecutive hours.

Your driving is limited to the 14 consecutive hour duty period even if you take some off duty time, such as a lunch break or a nap, during those 14 hours.

Example: You have had 10 continuous hours off and you begin working at 6:00 a.m. (vehicle inspection, fueling, loading / unloading freight, etc.). You must not drive your truck after 8:00 p.m. that evening. You may do other work after 8:00 p.m.(load / unload freight, perform maintenance duties, etc.), but you cannot do any more driving until you have taken another 10 consecutive hours off.

TruckingTruth's Advice:

The 14 hour rule quite simply means that as soon as you begin working for the day, regardless of what time it is, you have 14hrs to complete your day. Once your 14 hours are up, you may not drive again until you have had a minimum of 10 consecutive hours off duty, at which point, your 14 hour clock will reset.

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If you have used up all of your 14 hour on duty time, how many hours would you regain after an 8 hour break in the sleeper berth?
  • You will still have no hours remaining
  • Your 14 hour limit would reset
  • None of these answers are correct
  • You would regain half of your hours (7 hours total)
This is a question from page 95 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 0 Of The Illinois CDL Manual:

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.

TruckingTruth's Advice:

An 8 hour break will never add more hours to any of your limits. Rather, an 8 hour break simply extends your time by not counting the break against your 14 hour duty clock. The concept is confusing, but it's actually very simple. Here are some examples.

  • If you have 5 hours remaining on your 14 hour duty clock then go into the sleeper berth for 8 hours, at the end of your break you will still have 5 hours remaining.
  • If you have 1 hour remaining on your 14 hour duty clock then go into the sleeper berth for 8 hours, at the end of your break you will still have 1 hour remaining.
  • If you have 0 hours remaining on your 14 hour duty clock then go into the sleeper berth for 8 hours, at the end of your break you will still have 0 hours remaining.
  • As you can see, you will not gain any hours back after taking an 8 hour break. Instead, your available hours have simply been extended.

    So why would you ever want to take an 8 hour break instead of a 10 hour break? Here's an example:

    Let's say you have a delivery in the morning, but you are not allowed to park at your delivery location overnight. Instead, you have to stop at a truck stop 20 miles away to park for the night. In order to make your appointment on time, you must leave after only resting for 8 hours. If that's the case, you can still make the delivery on time by taking an 8 hour break instead of a full 10 hour break.

    Little situations like this will come up frequently as a truck driver. That's why it's so important to understand these little loopholes and tricks. We'll go through more examples later on in this section, but try to have a full understanding of the 10, 8 and split sleeper rules.

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Which of the following is considered off duty time?
  • Anytime you aren't driving
  • Time inspecting or servicing your truck
  • When you are relieved of all duty and responsibility for performing work
  • Time spent doing paid work for anyone who is not a motor carrier
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 Off Duty Time

By understanding the definition of on duty time, you will get a good idea of what is considered off duty time. In order for time to be considered off duty, you must be relieved of all duty and responsibility for performing work. You must be free to pursue activities of your own choosing and be able to leave the place where your vehicle is parked.

If you are not doing any work (paid or unpaid) for a motor carrier, and you are not doing any paid work for anyone else, you may record the time as off duty time.

Personal Use Of A Commercial Motor Vehicle

It is possible that occasionally you may not use a truck in commerce at all. You may be moving your personal belongings to a new house or, as a hobby you may be taking your horses to a horse show. As long as the activity is not in support of a business, you are not operating in commerce.

If you are not operating your truck in commerce, you are not subject to the hours of service regulations.

TruckingTruth's Advice:

As long as you aren't doing anything related to your job and you aren't earning any sort of compensation from anyone, you can log off duty. You also must be completely relieved of all duty and responsibility for performing work.

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