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Posted:  8 months, 2 weeks ago

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ELDs for Rental Trucks?

I have before me a copy of the Examination Report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol It lists Section 395.8 and Section 395(a)(3)(ii) as violations. What exactly does this mean? No citations were issued, so will there be a fine?

Posted:  8 months, 2 weeks ago

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Planned Protest in Illinois Today...

I'm glad I came back to Chicago via "Route 66."

Posted:  8 months, 2 weeks ago

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Anyone go to an Illinois Secretary of State location to complete a pretrip test for CDL B (or A)

Having gone through the process myself to get a Class B, I can say: Study all the parts that pertain to Class B. Don't worry about the sections having to do with trailers or HazMat, unless you are wanting to be a HazMat driver. In my case, the examiner sat in the cab and asked you questions. Be prepared to answer whatever he asks, and - this is important - don't volunteer any information and try to be fancy. Answer the question asked and no more. Simple, straightforward, no elaboration. MAKE SURE you're up to speed on the Air Brakes part. That is the one section you absolutely cannot goof up. That was my experience, for whatever it may be worth.

Posted:  8 months, 2 weeks ago

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ELDs for Rental Trucks?

Thank you very much for the clarification. Yes, this type is driving is not what is talked about most of the time on this forum. Maybe I wasn't completely clear, either. I was inspected at a Missouri Port of Entry and I was asked for my log book. After the CHP officer told me I needed them, I got them and filled them out, but I made some mistakes. I didn't know they had to be signed every day, and I forgot to total my hours for each category. The trooper in Missouri was very patient after I told him it had been seven years since I had tried to fill one out. He pointed out the errors, as well as answered a question I had about time zone changes - you are supposed to stay with the time zone you originated with. I understand this is very old hat to most everyone on here.

Posted:  8 months, 2 weeks ago

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Fell off a truck Tuesday!

I guess this happens to everyone at one time or another. I'm really glad it wasn't more serious in your case.

I fell out of the truck I was driving about a week ago. I didn't maintain 3 points of contact, and I missed the bottom step. and tumbled onto the ground, bracing myself with my left hand. Nothing was broken but I had some pain in my wrist for about 3 days. I sill have a little bit, bit it gets less each day. I take this as a warning from God - as though He were telling me, "Maintain 3 points of contact, because the next time it won't be a warning..."

Posted:  9 months ago

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ELDs for Rental Trucks?

Let me see if I understand. In order to be sure that the truck, when loaded with cargo, does not exceed 26,000 pounds, I need to know the tare weight of the truck - then I know how much I have to work with as far as cargo weight. Is this correct?

Posted:  9 months ago

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ELDs for Rental Trucks?

Thank you. One other question. When you say "lading weight," are you referring to the weight of the cargo? I have never before heard that term and can find no reference to it elsewhere on the Web.

Posted:  9 months ago

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ELDs for Rental Trucks?

That's good to know. The truck we're renting supposedly has a payload of 10,000lb. so I should be more than all right.

Posted:  9 months ago

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ELDs for Rental Trucks?

In other words, I would be required to stop at a weigh station?

Posted:  9 months ago

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ELDs for Rental Trucks?

"You are way over thinking this. Go drive it...you’re fine. " Most likely so. In other words, I don't even need to bother with paper logs? I'm new to this and I simply want to be prepared if a trooper should stop me for some reason. I was stopped outside of Waldo, Florida a few years back - I was driving a 16,000lb. truck, and in this case the truck didn't have a DOT number and the trooper put me out of service for 10 hours (I also did not have a DOT medical card at the time). Nothing was said about RODS at that point but a DOT representative stopped by the company a couple of times to check on us. I apologize for sounding paranoid.

Posted:  9 months ago

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ELDs for Rental Trucks?

You ask, "Does the truck you normally drive have an ELD requiring you to log your time?"

No. I am not a full-time driver. The company I consult for is a small musical instrument manufacturer which does not maintain a fleet of trucks. This is a one-time-only rental for this one specific trip. I was asked to drive because I have a Class B license.

Posted:  9 months ago

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ELDs for Rental Trucks?

By "regular driver's license," do you mean a Class C? Also, my understanding is that a driver has to keep logs if the GVWR of a vehicle is 10,001 or more pounds.

Posted:  9 months ago

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ELDs for Rental Trucks?

It's an Enterprise truck - probably an International Durastar, GVXR 26,000lb., but it does have air brakes. All their 24' and 26' trucks have air brakes. This is another point of confusion - I have been told by Enterprise in the past that they don't require an air brakes endorsement to rent their larger trucks (I have one, BTW).

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