Question About The 34 Hour Reset Rule

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Chris C.'s Comment
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So say your getting unloaded and your clock runs out and you sit there for another 3-4 hours getting unloaded with no clock left but when you leave your done your supposed to take a 34 hour reset and you live less than 50 miles away yes I know I can pc home but if I do that my 34 hours will technically have started once I went off duty originally at the shipper when I ran out of hours in my workday. My question is what can I do to make my 34 hour reset start once I’m home? Can I log a post trip with no time left on clock to make my 34 hours start once home?


The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

Old School's Comment
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Hey Chris you're overthinking this. You can do what you asked. You can be on duty after your 70 hour clock is exhausted, but you just can't be driving. You also don't have to start back to work immediately when 34 hours clicks off. If you want 34 hours at home you simply communicate that with your PTA (projected time of availability). You just need to communicate effectively with your dispatcher.

Good communications work for effective drivers who are productive. That's the main thing. Be productive. Always accomplish what you say you will. Never be late and always be safe. Those drivers have some clout. They can let their dispatcher know what they need and the dispatcher will accommodate them if possible.

It sounds like you may be on some sort of dedicated account. If so, the demands of the customer may trump some of your desires. The dispatcher is going to be focused on serving that customer well. I'm a dedicated account driver. There are lots of times I don't get everything the way I want it. I serve my customers first, then I go for what works for me.


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.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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