Personal Conveyance Clarification

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PackRat's Comment
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Don't forget that a lot has to do with company policy, whereas some are lenient and more liberal with their drivers. So company policy carries more weight, especially since they are writing the paychecks.

Ryan B.'s Comment
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This may not be a popular position that I am going to share, and I am not considering it advice. I misused PC a few times over a 2-3 week period by stopping at locations less than an hour from my destination to take my breaks and then PCing to the destination in order to arrive on time, while continuing to preserve my 10-hour breaks. Safety officer for my terminal called and told me that this is a falsifying logs issue. I had thought that I had used PC in a legitimate manner, having taken the idea from another driver. Some of those instances what I would do is drive to the destination knowing that I am early, then log PC and notate "told to leave." I would PC to the nearest safe and legal place to park. That was ok, the safety manager said. The problem is when I would use PC going to the destination. He did tell me that with 200+ trucks at the terminal, he has his system set up to be alerted of any PC usage over 20 minutes in length. He said that law enforcement will typically not analyze any PC usage under 20 minutes in length.

The best thing to do is to contact the safety manager at your company to ask if the way you are thinking of using PC is acceptable. They will not lie to you. It will not be held against you. Even from experienced drivers, they expect to receive questions on proper logging of hours. Every driver here has a slightly different way that PC is used. It's basically dictated by company policy. I am now at the point of repeating what has already been stated, which is follow your company's policy.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

BK's Comment
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This was never an issue when I drove for Schneider. They didn’t have PC. or split sleeper berth. Problem solved, no gray areas. Lol.

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.

PackRat's Comment
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This was never an issue when I drove for Schneider. They didn’t have PC. or split sleeper berth. Problem solved, no gray areas. Lol.

That's exactly one of my points from earlier. A specific company policy supersedes everything.

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.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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I was inspected and asked by DOT about a 5 min PC love. No lie!

I was taking a 30 at the Milan Petro and the driver next to me was struggling so badly to back in, that I PCd to move to another spot. He couldn't even follow my guidance.

I moved to another space and the DOT officer went on a lecture about people abusing PC and he complained about "advancing the load". I never left the parking lot and he went through my entire week looking for PC and said "good thing that was your only instance or I would have gone back 6 months".

I don't even bother PCing anymore after that.

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.

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