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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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EOBR's are required to automatically record which of the following?
  • All of these answers are correct
  • Road speed
  • Engine use
  • Miles driven
This is a question from page 106 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 0 Of The Illinois CDL Manual:

Manufacturers of EOBRs must certify that their devices meet the minimum requirements. This includes a requirement that an EOBR must be mechanically or electronically connected to the truck to automatically record, at a minimum, engine use, road speed, miles driven, the date, and time of day. Drivers enter other information required to complete the hours-of-service records. The vast majority of EOBRs now use GPS tracking to meet these requirements.

TruckingTruth's Advice:

Most EOBRs are integrated within satellite communication systems that drivers and dispatchers use to communicate with each other.

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What does EOBR stand for?
  • Electronic Occurrence and Break Recorder
  • Electric Orientation and Break Recorder
  • Electronic On-Board Recorder
  • Enforcement of Break Rules
This is a question from page 106 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 0 Of The Illinois CDL Manual:

Many motor carriers have installed electronic devices in their trucks to help accurately record hours of service information. If such a device meets the requirements of the safety regulations, it is called an Electronic On-Board Recorder (EOBR), and may be used in place of a paper logbook.

TruckingTruth's Advice:

EOBRs are slowly becoming the industry standard. If you are hired on with any large carrier, chances are very high that you will be using an EOBR. Many small companies still use paper logbooks, but EOBRs will soon take over.

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Which statement below is false?
  • Your logbook can be randomly checked anytime you go through a weigh station
  • Your logbook can be checked by your carrier at anytime
  • Non-DOT law enforcement officers need probable cause to inspect your logbook
  • The increased use of electronic logging devices has forced carriers to crack down on HOS violations
This is a question from page 92 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 0 Of The Illinois CDL Manual:

Who Enforces HOS Regulations?

Law enforcement:

Generally, DOT officers are the ones who enforce HOS rules, although any police officer may inspect a driver's logbook. Individual states are responsible for maintaining weigh stations where drivers are pulled in for random vehicle and logbook inspections. Drivers may also be pulled over for random checks by police officers or DOT officials at any time and have their logbooks inspected. While it's not a frequent occurrence, chances are your logbook will be checked every now and then. Be ready for it at all times!

Carriers:

In addition to law enforcement and DOT officials, most carriers have their own company policies regarding logbooks. A drivers logs are frequently reviewed by internal auditors for discrepancies or violations. A driver with too many violations might be warned, disciplined, or terminated (terminating a driver usually only occurs after several violations). The increased use of electronic logging devices (discussed later) has forced carriers to crack down on HOS violations even more.

TruckingTruth's Advice:

Your logbook could be checked at anytime for any reason. Make sure it is always updated!

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Who enforces HOS regulations?
  • Carriers
  • Police Officers
  • All of these answers are correct
  • DOT Officials
This is a question from page 92 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 0 Of The Illinois CDL Manual:

Who Enforces HOS Regulations?

Law enforcement:

Generally, DOT officers are the ones who enforce HOS rules, although any police officer may inspect a driver's logbook. Individual states are responsible for maintaining weigh stations where drivers are pulled in for random vehicle and logbook inspections. Drivers may also be pulled over for random checks by police officers or DOT officials at any time and have their logbooks inspected. While it's not a frequent occurrence, chances are your logbook will be checked every now and then. Be ready for it at all times!

Carriers:

In addition to law enforcement and DOT officials, most carriers have their own company policies regarding logbooks. A drivers logs are frequently reviewed by internal auditors for discrepancies or violations. A driver with too many violations might be warned, disciplined, or terminated (terminating a driver usually only occurs after several violations). The increased use of electronic logging devices has forced carriers to crack down on HOS violations even more.

TruckingTruth's Advice:

You should always be prepared for a random inspection. Your logs must always be current. If you get pulled into a weigh station or get pulled over for a random inspection, which does happen, and your logbook is not current, you will be cited for a violation.

The carrier you work for will also have logbook auditors. Companies themselves are required to keep driver logs for a period of time and receive random audits from the DOT. If too many of their drivers have logbook violations, the company can be fined or otherwise penalized. They have an interest in passing those audits so if you cause too many problems for them, they will take action.

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What is a 34 hour restart?
  • If you take at least two 17 hour breaks within an 8 day period, all your hours will reset
  • After you have been on duty for 34 hours, you must take a 70 hour break
  • The regulations allow you to "restart" your 60 or 70 hour clock calculations after having at least 34 consecutive hours off duty
  • If you drive less than 34 hours in 7 days, all your hours will reset
This is a question from page 93 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 0 Of The Illinois CDL Manual:

The 34 Hour Restart

The regulations allow you to "restart" your 60 or 70 hour clock calculations after having at least 34 consecutive hours off duty. In other words, after you have taken at least 34 hours off duty in a row, you have the full 60 or 70 hours available again. You would then begin counting hours on the day of the restart and not go back the full 7 or 8 days.

TruckingTruth's Advice:

If you are planning to become an OTR truck driver, you will use the 8 day / 70 hour limit. That means, you are unable to drive once you've been on duty for more than 70 hours within an 8 day period. If you've worked close to that limit, you may want to "reset" the 70 hour limit. The only way to completely reset your 70 hour limit is to take an extended amount of time off duty. If you take 34 consecutive hours off without driving or performing on duty tasks, your 70 hour limit will reset.

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What day and time did a violation occur in the below example?

Day 1

Day 2

  • Day 1 at 4 p.m.
  • Day 2 at 9 p.m.
  • Day 2 at 6:00 a.m.
  • Day 2 at 3 a.m.
This is a question from page 98 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 0 Of The Illinois CDL Manual:

Day 1

Day 2

Violations: There is an 11 hour rule violation from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. on Day 2.

Explanation - 11 Hour Limit: After 10 hours off duty, the driver had 11 hours of driving time available at 10:00 a.m. on Day 1. At the end of Day 1, the driver had 3 hours remaining and, without a valid 10 hour break, the driver violated the 11 hour limit by driving an additional 1 hour from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. on Day 2. After taking 10 consecutive hours off duty from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., the 11 hour limit reset and the new calculation point became 5:00 p.m. with a full 11 hours available.

Explanation - 30 Minute Break: On Day 1, the driver began driving at 10:00 a.m. which is the calculation point for the 30 minute break provision. The driver could only drive until 6:00 p.m. which is 8 hours since the last off duty period of at least 30 minutes. The break taken from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. fulfilled the break requirement. On Day 2, the longest duration the driver was on duty for was 6 hours which is below the 8 hour threshold requiring a break.

Explanation - 14 Hour Limit: Calculation of the 14 hour limit begins at 10:00 a.m. on Day 1. The driver used 9 of 14 hours on Day 1 so 5 hours still remain on the 14 hour limit. The driver then spent 8 consecutive hours in the sleeper berth and that rest break is not included in the 14 hour calculation. So at 3:00 a.m. on Day 2, the driver still had 5 hours remaining on his/her 14 hour limit. After spending 4 hours on duty (driving), the driver then switched to off duty for 10 consecutive hours. That 10 consecutive hour break reset the 14 hour limit and the new calculation point was then 5:00 p.m.

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What is the 8 day / 70 hour on duty limit?
  • You are not allowed to drive after you've been on duty 70 hours in the previous 8 consecutive days
  • You must have taken at least 70 hours off during the previous 8 days in order to drive legally
  • None of these answers are correct
  • You are not allowed to be on duty more than 70 hours within the previous 8 days
This is a question from page 93 - click here to look up the answer

Quote From Page 0 Of The Illinois CDL Manual:

The 8 day / 70 hour limit:

If your company does operate vehicles every day of the week, your employer may assign you to the 70-hour/8-day schedule. This means that you are not allowed to drive after you've been on duty 70 hours in any 8 consecutive days. Once you reach the 70 hour limit, you will not be able to drive again until you have dropped below 70 hours for an 8 consecutive day period. You may do other work, but you cannot do any more driving until you get below the limit. Any other hours you work, whether they are for a motor carrier or someone else, must be added to the total.

TruckingTruth's Advice:

The 8 day / 70hr limit will restrict how much time you're allowed to be on duty during an 8 day period. So if you take a 10 hour break to reset your 11 and 14 hour clocks, but have been on duty / driving for 65 hours in an 8 day period, you will only be able to drive 5 hours.


We'll give you some more examples later on in the program. This can be a little difficult to understand, but try to understand the differences between the 11hr, 14hr, and 70hr clocks.

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Which of the following is considered on duty time
  • All time inspecting or servicing your truck, including fueling
  • All of these are considered on duty time
  • All time loading and unloading your truck
  • All driving 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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