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I am not entirely clear on what this is. It is a 34 hour period that a driver is not allowed to drive after reaching the end of a seven day period and reaching the maximum number of driving hours, right? At that point, I guess the driver must park at a terminal or truck stop. During this 34 hour period, is the driver expected to perform other duties for the company, or is it basically the drivers time to do as he wishes?

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I am not entirely clear on what this is. It is a 34 hour period that a driver is not allowed to drive after reaching the end of a seven day period and reaching the maximum number of driving hours, right? At that point, I guess the driver must park at a terminal or truck stop. During this 34 hour period, is the driver expected to perform other duties for the company, or is it basically the drivers time to do as he wishes?

You're allowed either 60 hours of on duty time to drive over 7 days, or 70 hours over 8 days. If you hit that limit, you can take hours off duty to get some of that time back, OR you can pull a 34-hour restart. By being off for 34 straight hours (including 2 instances of between 1-5 a.m.), that limit resets and you're allowed to go back to driving.

Hope that helps.

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You haven't gotten to it yet, but the Logbook Rules section of our High Road CDL Training Program covers it on page 93:

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.

Restart Requirements

Besides taking 34 consecutive hours off duty, there are a couple other details that must be followed:

- The 34 hour restart must include 2 periods between 1:00 a.m. - 5:00 a.m.

- You may only take one 34 hour restart per week.

And specifically to answer your question - it is off-duty time which means it's your time to do with as you wish. If they were having you working but not driving a truck that would be "off duty, not driving" and that would not count as a 34 hour reset.

Why did you stop working on the High Road Training Program two days ago and suddenly you're thinking about logbook rules? Stick to the program man. Keep working at it! I see you're halted because you're 0 for 3 on one of the questions. No biggie. Answer a few sets of review questions quick - it will take 10 minutes - and the halt will be lifted and you can continue on.

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You haven't gotten to it yet, but the Logbook Rules section of our High Road CDL Training Program covers it on page 93:

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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.

Restart Requirements

Besides taking 34 consecutive hours off duty, there are a couple other details that must be followed:

- The 34 hour restart must include 2 periods between 1:00 a.m. - 5:00 a.m.

- You may only take one 34 hour restart per week.

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And specifically to answer your question - it is off-duty time which means it's your time to do with as you wish. If they were having you working but not driving a truck that would be "off duty, not driving" and that would not count as a 34 hour reset.

Why did you stop working on the High Road Training Program two days ago and suddenly you're thinking about logbook rules? Stick to the program man. Keep working at it! I see you're halted because you're 0 for 3 on one of the questions. No biggie. Answer a few sets of review questions quick - it will take 10 minutes - and the halt will be lifted and you can continue on.

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I have been busy with my mothers estate among other things lately, and the off time caused me to forget some of the material which caused a halt. I will still be working on the High Road, in fact, today.

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Oh ok - cool. I was just concerned that maybe you were aggravated with the program or were considering going through it without doing the questions or something. I've had a few people send me emails in the past asking when the halt would be lifted so they could keep using the program cause they really like it! I guess they thought they were kicked out or something.

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That's why there are so many explanations as you go through the program - to try to alleviate some of the confusion.

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Oh ok - cool. I was just concerned that maybe you were aggravated with the program or were considering going through it without doing the questions or something. I've had a few people send me emails in the past asking when the halt would be lifted so they could keep using the program cause they really like it! I guess they thought they were kicked out or something.

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That's why there are so many explanations as you go through the program - to try to alleviate some of the confusion.

No, nothing like that Brett. I have been aggravated lately with having to deal with the estate attorney, and my late mother's medical providers bills, but not the High Road. Yesterday, I almost fired the ####### lawyer after getting his first bill.

Since I hope to be in training within a month with a new company, I will be hitting the books more so now than before. I am going to take my DOT Physical in the next few days in San Antonio. Once that is out of the way, and passed, my mind will be greatly relieved. Passing the CDL permit test is something I am not even worried much about. I just applied to Knight, and that application took quite a while to fill out. It was much more extensive than Swift's was. I still have several others I want to do this evening. Swift has already said they want me to attend their Academy. I just want to apply to the others to ensure I get the right fit as you and others have advised.

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