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Time required for pre and post trip inspections is based on your company, it's not referenced in the fmcsr book. What is to be inspected is, so it should be a reasonable amount of time.

Post trip driver vehicle inspection reports are in the fmcsr, but it's worded such that it only requires reporting of defects that were discovered. So during the pretrip inspection or operation of the vehicle sounds like they would cover that...

Prime's policy is to log 15 min for EITHER a pre or post trip inspection, but not both. I log pretrip and don't log post trips. I do a quick walk around of the truck/trailer post trip.

I've never heard of one of our drivers getting busted for this.


I have never logged pretrip time. I wasn't even trained to log it nor was it ever mentioned in class.

Pre-trip must be logged; "on-duty", minimum of 15 minutes, the beginning of each day before driving. If DOT inspects your logs, they will ticket you if they do not see this.


Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.


Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
G-Town's Comment
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Sam C:

I have never logged pretrip time. I wasn't even trained to log it nor was it ever mentioned in class.

Prime never taught you this? Hard to believe. What company are you working for now?

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