Sleeper Vs Day Cab

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Steve N.'s Comment
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Can anyone confirm if there's a "new" US DOT rule that states that if a CMV goes over X amount of miles from their home terminal , they are required to ensure the driver has a sleeper.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

DOT:

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.

CMV:

Commercial Motor Vehicle

A CMV is a vehicle that is used as part of a business, is involved in interstate commerce, and may fit any of these descriptions:

  • Weighs 10,001 pounds or more
  • Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more
  • Is designed or used to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver) not for compensation
  • Is designed or used to transport 9 or more passengers (including the driver) for compensation
  • Is transporting hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placards
Rick S.'s Comment
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Haven't heard of that one yet - don't think it would be very practical to implement.

The rules do state for ALL CMV's - in order to log sleeper, they MUST HAVE ONE. Most guys that do overnights in day cabs typically stay in a motel, or a company terminal that has sleeping accommodations (bunk room, etc.). A sleeper is a BED - day cabs don't have room for them. I have friends that do motorcycle transport in king cab duallies, that have the rear compartment setup with a bed (seat removed) to qualify it as a sleeper.

G-Town drives day cab could probably explain this better - and would certainly be aware if there were any "new rules on the near horizon.

Rick

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Day Cab:

A tractor which does not have a sleeper berth attached to it. Normally used for local routes where drivers go home every night.

CMV:

Commercial Motor Vehicle

A CMV is a vehicle that is used as part of a business, is involved in interstate commerce, and may fit any of these descriptions:

  • Weighs 10,001 pounds or more
  • Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more
  • Is designed or used to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver) not for compensation
  • Is designed or used to transport 9 or more passengers (including the driver) for compensation
  • Is transporting hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placards
Old School's Comment
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I've not heard of this either. There are a lot of guys that do line-haul work who drive day cabs. They might drive close to six hundred miles in one direction one day and then stay in a hotel so they can haul a set of doubles back in the other direction the next day. They are sometimes called "bag drivers" because they carry an overnight bag with them.

I'm not sure where you got this notion, but I think it's bogus.

Day Cab:

A tractor which does not have a sleeper berth attached to it. Normally used for local routes where drivers go home every night.

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

Old School's Comment
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It's possible someone is confused about the regs. There is a rule about having to keep a log book if you are going to be driving past a certain number of miles from your base starting point.

G-Town's Comment
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I've haven't heard of this either.

Swift replaced the true day cabs with LWs 18 mos ago. I drive an LW that has a coffin sleeper, always have a bed roll with me in the event I run out of hours. I have done many ten hour breaks in it, but it's always been planned a head of time.

Day Cab:

A tractor which does not have a sleeper berth attached to it. Normally used for local routes where drivers go home every night.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Sorry G, but the Memphis shuttle fleet gets 2017 Freightliner day cab s. No place to lay your head.

Day Cab:

A tractor which does not have a sleeper berth attached to it. Normally used for local routes where drivers go home every night.

G-Town's Comment
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Sorry G, but the Memphis shuttle fleet gets 2017 Freightliner day cab s. No place to lay your head.

Sorry Errol...only meant for the Walmart DC in Pottsville, not as a whole. Thanks for check.

Day Cab:

A tractor which does not have a sleeper berth attached to it. Normally used for local routes where drivers go home every night.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Errol stands corrected:

Sorry Errol...only meant for the Walmart DC in Pottsville, not as a whole. Thanks for check.

O. I. C.

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