Logging ,Sleeper Berth

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Anne A. (and sometimes To's Comment
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I’ve had my CDL now for barely a year, so a legit question. When I’m doing my 10-hour reset at a truck stop, am I allowed to log off duty & log out of electronic log or do I have to put sleeper? I just started going over the road. Before I was doing hook & drop work, so I logged off every day to go home. But now I need to know what the actual rule is so I don’t get in trouble. Thanks

I'll leave this for the professional drivers here; I'm just married to one . . . but YES, you DO have to log as Sleeper Berth. (Unless you are exempt by the 150 airmiles radius.)

If you aren't home daily, you are in the SB. Log as such! :) Lots of 'HOS' threads going on, look at some others, current. This was a good 'dig up,' though. Fair question!

ie: My dude drives a day cab. Turns off the ELD for his 10 or more, at home. Look at Rob T.'s posts, for example; he as well.

Here's the FMCSA explanation: FMCSA / When to log Sleeper Berth re: Log Off.

Best wishes; and welcome to TT !!

~ Anne & Tom ~

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.

Over The Road:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a 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.

Sleeper Berth:

The portion of the tractor behind the seats which acts as the "living space" for the driver. It generally contains a bed (or bunk beds), cabinets, lights, temperature control knobs, and 12 volt plugs for power.

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

FMCSA:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The FMCSA was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000. Their primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.

What Does The FMCSA Do?

  • Commercial Drivers' Licenses
  • Data and Analysis
  • Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement
  • Research and Technology
  • Safety Assistance
  • Support and Information Sharing

Fm:

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Andrey's Comment
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Same thing here. When I drove locally M-F, I logged in every morning and logged out every evening. Now I drive same days, but it is a regional job, so I spend my 10 hours in the truck and never log out, even for weekends.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

Mikey B.'s Comment
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I’ve had my CDL now for barely a year, so a legit question. When I’m doing my 10-hour reset at a truck stop, am I allowed to log off duty & log out of electronic log or do I have to put sleeper? I just started going over the road. Before I was doing hook & drop work, so I logged off every day to go home. But now I need to know what the actual rule is so I don’t get in trouble. Thanks

As an OTR driver there is no need to log out. Many companies do not want you to log out of the ELD if you are not leaving the truck. If your truck is being left on the yard you can log out in case maintenance needs it and moves it. If you are not in the truck and it could be moved you don't want to be logged in as someone moving it could mess up a perfectly good reset.

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.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Over The Road:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

IDMtnGal 's Comment
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I just started going over the road. Thanks

When you are out on the road, you log SB or Off Duty...use either for your 10 hrs. Don't log out of the system.

Laura

Over The Road:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

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