Does Driving Off Duty Start Your 14 Hr Clock?

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Nacho B.'s Comment
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Got to my receiver way early, got unloaded, and now I've been done for awhile. Through all of that my 10 hrs is compete. I'm waiting and waiting on my next load assignment but would rather do so eight miles away at a truck stop area as opposed to parked on a side street. Don't want to do it if it'll start my 14 since I have no idea how long I'll be waiting.

Thanks for any advice

Susan D. 's Comment
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Of course it will start your 14 hour clock. If i were you I'd call dispatch and ask how long it will be before you can get a dispatch and see what they say about driving the 8 miles to a truck stop.

Nacho B.'s Comment
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I thought that sounded too simple! thank-you.gif

Unholychaos's Comment
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You MIGHT be able to get away with it if the ts was a mile away, but iirc, of the wheels are turning for more than 5 consecutive minutes, you'll be kicked onto line 3.

Nacho B.'s Comment
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It's actually only 3.4 miles. I just took the passive-aggressive approach by sending a Qualcomm message to ask the same question to dispatch. Maybe that'll nudge him. ;)

Qualcomm:

Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.
Unholychaos's Comment
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It's actually only 3.4 miles. I just took the passive-aggressive approach by sending a Qualcomm message to ask the same question to dispatch. Maybe that'll nudge him. ;)

You won't be able to make it. You'll automatically get kicked on the drive line if you go over a certain speed (I think 35) as well.

Qualcomm:

Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.
Susan D. 's Comment
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Ours will kick us into driving if we go above about 14 mph or more than 1.5 miles

millionmiler24 (CRSTs Mos's Comment
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Got to my receiver way early, got unloaded, and now I've been done for awhile. Through all of that my 10 hrs is compete. I'm waiting and waiting on my next load assignment but would rather do so eight miles away at a truck stop area as opposed to parked on a side street. Don't want to do it if it'll start my 14 since I have no idea how long I'll be waiting.

Thanks for any advice

What company are you with and maybe I can guide you the best way I can.

David's Comment
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IF your company allows off-duty driving, it will not start you 14hr clock... this is considered "personal" transportation.. and again depending on the company, you either get 30min or an hr... if it's 30min then you need to get to the TS in 15min and be able to return to the location you went off duty driving too within the remaining time of 15min (15+15=30)

so if you are in say Kansas City, KS and you know theres a truck stop on the other side of the boarder 10 min away... you drop to line 5 (Off Duty Driving), send a message to your DM "hey, im off duty drivng to the TS 10min away to get food/bathroom whatever, while i wait for a load.." then you head out.. your QC unit will keep you on Off Duty while you drive.... when you get to the TS, go to line 1 (Off Duty) always make sure... then go about your business.. make note of the time it took as it should be close to the same to get back... (10 + 10 = 20 with 10 min to spare)... when you get the load as per DOT , you have to return to the start of line 5...so drop to line 5 again, send DM message " got the message for load, heading back to previous location to start clock" and head back.. when you get to the very start, goto on duty do pre- trip and be on your way....

line 5 is a great tool when you use it right... but the thing about it is, you CAN NOT be under load with it. must be MT or BT... always check with DM too..

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.

Dm:

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.
David's Comment
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Forgot to say, the above is just from my experience and what i've been told..

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