Driving For The High School Band

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Chiefmac's Comment
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I've been asked to pull the marching band trailer to competitions for the local school this fall. Mostly Friday nights and one Friday through Sunday out of state gig. If anyone has had any exposure to this type of operation, please chime in.

Tractor is rented (Ryder), trailer and contents owned by the school district, insurance is through the school but I am not an employee. Everything is paid for by the band booster organization. Most of the trips are well under 100 miles and the out of state trip is 650 round trip.

My question; and what I've been looking through the FMCSR for, is: "Would this be considered private/ non-commerce, personal use, or something other?"

Personal Use Of A Commercial Motor Vehicle

It is possible that occasionally you may use a truck for personal reasons and not for commerce. You may be moving your personal belongings to a new house or, as a hobby you may be taking your horses to a horse show. As long as the activity is not in support of a business, you are not operating in commerce. If you are not operating your truck in commerce, you are not subject to the hours of service regulations.

Commercial Motor Vehicle:

A commercial motor vehicle is any vehicle used in commerce to transport passengers or property with either:

  • A gross vehicle weight rating of 26,001 pounds or more
  • A gross combination weight rating of 26,001 pounds or more which includes a towed unit with a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 10,000 pounds
  • 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.


    When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Brian M.'s Comment
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It should fall into private non commerce. What are your concerns?

Chiefmac's Comment
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I'm just checking to make sure I understand any possible differences in Hours of Service reporting, or load documentation, or any similar issues like scales, inspections, or other requirements.

Brian M.'s Comment
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I read somewhere on this subject but am not an expert. Driving for a non profit or charity if you are not being paid does not reflect on you HOV. The truck will be subject to any scales or inspections though. But I would talk to your state DOT office before volunteering your services.


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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