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Lonny S.'s Comment
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If you stop along a trip (other than the 30 min break) and go "off duty" to take a nap for a couple hours, does it still go against your 14 hours of on duty time?

C T.'s Comment
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Short answer is yes. It is important to manage your time properly. If you're tired, by all means stop and rest. However if you make napping apart of your routine, you'll find yourself out of hours quickly.

Old School's Comment
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Lonny, we've got some great resources designed to help you...

Learn The Logbook Rules (HOS)

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

Logbook:

A written or electronic record of a driver's duty status which must be maintained at all times. The driver records the amount of time spent driving, on-duty not driving, in the sleeper berth, or off duty. The enforcement of the Hours Of Service Rules (HOS) are based upon the entries put in a driver's logbook.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Lonny S.'s Comment
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Short answer is yes. It is important to manage your time properly. If you're tired, by all means stop and rest. However if you make napping apart of your routine, you'll find yourself out of hours quickly.

So does that mean if you are off duty at a shipper for a few hours that will also go against our 14 hours of on duty time? Thank you

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

C T.'s Comment
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Yes. That is why drivers complain about logs. The whole debate about elogs being mandatory. There's pros and cons of course. The second you come on duty you got 14hrs to work unless you take an 8 or 10 hour break to reset it.

Elog:

Electronic Onboard Recorder

Electronic Logbook

A device which records the amount of time a vehicle has been driven. If the vehicle is not being driven, the operator will manually input whether or not he/she is on duty or not.

Elogs:

Electronic Onboard Recorder

Electronic Logbook

A device which records the amount of time a vehicle has been driven. If the vehicle is not being driven, the operator will manually input whether or not he/she is on duty or not.

Big T's Comment
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If you stop along a trip (other than the 30 min break) and go "off duty" to take a nap for a couple hours, does it still go against your 14 hours of on duty time?

Once you go on duty to start your day the 14 starts clicking. The only thing that stops it is taking 8 hours in the sleeper, which pauses the 14 hour clock, or taking 10 hours off duty which resets the 14 hour clock.

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