Truckers Daily Log Book Info

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The New HOS (Hours of Service) rule as of Jan 4, 2004.

The new rule states that drivers may drive up to 11 hours, but are limited to 14 hours on duty in a given duty period. The 14 hour duty period may not be extended with (off duty) time for meal and fuel stops, etc. Only the use of sleeper berth can extend the 14 hour (on duty) period.

Drivers may split (on duty) time using sleeper berth periods by accumulating the equivalent of 10 consecutive hours (off duty) taking 2 periods of rest in the sleeper provided:

  • Neither period is less than 2 hours
  • Driving time in the period immediately before and after each rest period, when added together does not exceed 11 hours
  • On duty time in the period immediately before and after each rest period, when added together does not include any driving after the 14th hour

Each duty period must begin with atleast 10 hours (off duty), rather than 8.

60 hours (on duty) in 7 consecutive days, or 70 hours on duty in 8 consecutive days, remains the same, but drivers can 'restart' the 7 or 8 day period by taking atleast 34 consecutive hours (off duty).

Old Rule / New Rule:
  Old Rule: New Rule:
(as of 2003)
Off-Duty Time 8 consecutive hours 10 consecutive hours
Driving Time 10 hours 11 hours
On-Duty Time 15 hours (may be non-consecutive) <14 consecutive hrs after coming on duty
Cumulative On-Duty 60 hours/7 days
70 hours/8 days
60 hours/7 days
70 hours/8 days
Cumulative Restart None A driver may restart the 60 or 70 hour clock after having at least 34 consecutive hours off duty.
Short Haul Exception/Exemption None This exception may be used by drivers who regularly return to their normal work reporting location. It allows a driver to accumulate 11 hrs of driving time within 16 consecutive hrs on duty once every 7 days if certain conditions are met.
Sleeper Berth May be split into two periods totaling at least 8 hrs. Neither period may be less than 2 hrs. May be split into two periods totaling at least 10 hrs. Neither period may be less than 2 hrs.
100 Air Mile Radius Exemption 12 hours on duty
10 hours driving time
8 consecutive hrs off duty
12 hrs on duty
11 hrs driving time
10 consecutive hrs off duty

Old HOS (Hours of Service) Rule:

The law says that you can drive up to 10 hours, then you must stop for 8 hours, which you are suppose to sleep, then after 8 hours, you can drive for another 10 hours, with a max of 15 'on duty' hours in a 24 hour day from mid-night to mid-night. The logbook must be current, everytime you stop, or start driving your log must be updated. (You will be fined if you don't maintain your logs, especially if you cheat.) (Use over online 'Truck Driver's daily log' eBook for free).
You must not log over 70 hours in 8 days. You must keep track of your working hours daily.
You must add up the hours you have worked and drop off the hours you worked 8 days ago to have your available hours of service recap.

The following info will help you in filling out the Log book.

OFF DUTY: When off duty, the driver has no obligation to perform any work. He/She is free to pursue their own interests. May take personal time (showers, time in truckstop, etc.)

ON DUTY: Performing work for the trucking company. This could be a number of things but basically anything you do in a work capacity. Some examples include, fueling, loading, unloading, waiting when broken down on the side of the road, when being inspected.

SLEEPER BERTH: The driver is in the sleeper berth.

DRIVING: Driver is at the controls of the vehicle. Even if stuck in a traffic jam, technically this is still "driving" time

Miles: Notice there are 2 lines of mileage. The top line is the total number of miles the truck moved in that 24 hour period. If you are a solo driver, it will be the same as the next mileage line. The bottom mileage line is for all the miles you moved the truck in that 24 hour period.

Home Terminal: The terminal you work out of. The terminal you report to work.

Signature: You should sign as your name reads on your license. Sign the log at the end of the day, when you expect to be done for the day. If driving into the next day, sign it when you stop again. When using our site's free daily log, print it and then sign it.

Name of Carrier: The name of your carrier.

Co-Driver: If you have a Co-Driver, print his/her name here.

Main Office: The main office of your company - your company's corporate office.

Hours total: Add across for each duty status. Each box is one hour with 15 minutes interval.

Total hours for the day: Make sure your day equals 24 hours. When using our site's free drivers log, this will be taken care for you.

Remarks section: Must contain a Bill of Lading Number, trip number or load number. If you do not have this information, you may use the name of the shipper & the commodity instead. This needs to be listed for every load hauled during that 24 hour period.

FROM Line: This is where your load ORIGINATED. That is "the point of origin"

TO Line: This is the destination point for your load.

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