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Joel D.'s Comment
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Now this seems to me to be honest and true. But kinda illegal. I’m not sure a newbie driver would be comfortable doing this. I know you’re not suggesting this. This would come more from an experienced driver who has a lot of mike to drive and being relied on more heavily from the company he/or she works with.

Of course, a driver could...ahem... hypothetically perform a thorough pre-trip before starting the clock. Once satisfied that the truck is in good operating condition, he could then log on duty for the obligatory pre-trip time, thus avoiding the snafu of a ticking 14 while waiting for service. It's still illegal, but I bet a lot of drivers do this.
Joel D.'s Comment
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Now that’s just plain f***d up! Why would anyone do that to a fellow drive I don’t know. That just adds to the pressure you guys are already under to perform your jobs correctly and effectively.

While you're asleep it's also possible somebody has messed with your equipment for their own sick enjoyment.
Rob T.'s Comment
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Now this seems to me to be honest and true. But kinda illegal.

that could be said for many things on the road. Most drivers will attempt to maximize their hours by sleeping at the customer and getting loaded or unloaded during their 10 hour break. Technically illegal to stay off duty for it because its work related when you move truck into/out of a dock and check in but that's one way you make more money out there. By doing that once they're loaded or unloaded they possibly have a full 14 hour clock to work with. I see it all the time at the grocery warehouse I work at. Many drivers from different companies limping around the property at 3 mph so they dont trip it to driving. I'd do the same thing if I was in similar circumstances. It's much harder now to skirt the rules than it was when brett drove, and it will be even harder when everyone is on the new ELD logs. Not even going to get into everything about that and confuse you, but it will track ANY movement of the truck so you cant move it off duty for the most part.

Rob T.'s Comment
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Now that’s just plain f***d up! Why would anyone do that to a fellow drive I don’t know. That just adds to the pressure you guys are already under to perform your jobs correctly and effectively.

you could possibly have cut someone off on the highway and they followed you to truck stop, or it could just be a jack ass wanting to get views on his youtube channel by pulling your 5th wheel so you drop your trailer. Unfortunately sometimes you're a target just because of what company you drive for.

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