Pre-trip And HOS

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Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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There is no actual length of time required as far as I’m aware.

My company requires 5 minutes pretrip and 10 minutes post trip. But as far as I’m aware there is no set time from FMCSA.

I’m pretty sure I read on some trucking legal page there is no requirement to do an actual pretrip or post trip, just that your equipment has to be serviceable. I have no idea how that works or even if it is accurate.

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If DOT inspects your logs and you go straight to drive everyday, it'll open some cans you don't want opened.

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I know that these 15 minutes have to be logged, so when I wake up, I do my pre-trip off the clock, then log in and do whatever has to be done - bathroom, fixing a bottle of water, finding audiobooks for the day and so on. Once 15 minutes are logged, I hit the road.

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

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.

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.
Don's Comment
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When I start my day, I log a tractor pre-trip On-Duty for 10-15 minutes. Then, I drive to our trailer drop lot and log a 10 minute pre-trip on the trailer I am taking, and on every trailer I pick up during the day. At the end of my day, I log a 10 minute tractor post trip.

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