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Hours of Service.. aka..

"The Driver's Daily Log" or "Record of Duty Status"


10, 15 and 70 Hour Rules  (Until Jan 4, 2004.)

11, 14, 34, 70 Hour Rules  (Jan 4, 2004 and after.)

Duty Statuses  (Will not change with new rules.)

Examples of "Split Sleeper Berth" Breaks  (Fairly large graphic, please be patient.)

Logbook Entries  (Will not change with new rules.)

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See a sample of a legal, completed log page





Hours Rules


Until January 4, 2004


10 Hour:  A driver may not drive after he/she has driven for 10 hours. The driver may work (in other words, be on duty after 10 hours) but may not drive.


15 Hour:  A driver may not drive after he/she has driven and/or been On Duty for a total of 15 hours. The driver may continue to work (remain On Duty) but may not drive.


70 Hour:  A driver may not drive after having been a combination of On Duty and Driving for 70 hours in any 8 consecutive days. Used by companies that operate 7 days per week.


January 4, 2004 and After

(Also See New HOS)


11 Hour Rule:  A Driver may not drive more than 11 hours, following 10 hours off-duty.


14 Hour Rule:  A Driver may not drive beyond the 14th hour after coming on-duty, following 10 hours off-duty.


70 Hour Rule:  Unchanged.


34 Hour Restart:  A driver may restart a 7/8 day consecutive day period after taking 34 or more consecutive hours off-duty.  This is a brand new provision - there has never before been a way to "restart" the 70 hour clock.


Duty Statuses


You must be "current to the last change of duty status."


Off Duty   When off duty, the driver has no obligation to perform any work. Is free to pursue his/her own interests. May take personal time (showers, time in truckstop, etc) as OFF DUTY provided the driver has a "Meal Stop Memo." (about every company provides this "memo" because they don't want you to use up your hours any faster than necessary, either.)


Sleeper Berth  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. "At the controls of the vehicle".


On Duty   Performing work for the motor carrier. This could be a number of things but basically anything you do in a "work" capacity. Some examples: fueling, loading, unloading, waiting when broken down on the side of the road, when being inspected.




Date  You must record the date. Whether you use numbers or write out the month does not matter.


Miles  Notice there are two lines for 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. They would only be different if you are running team.


Equipment #'s  You must record every piece of equipment you operated/pulled in that 24 hour period. If you dropped & hooked trailers 5 times, you'll have 5 trailer numbers there.


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


Signature  Your signature. It should be signed 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.


Name of Carrier  The name of your carrier. Maybe you'll get lucky and have this pre-printed.


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


Main Office   The main office of your company -- the main headquarters.


Hours total from graph   Add across for each duty status. Each box is one hour; each small line inside the box is 15 minutes.


Total hours for the day: 24   Make sure your day equals 24 hours!!! The total of the numbers above this must equal 24!


Remarks section must contain: a BOL # (Bill of Lading), trip # or load #. 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!


The FROM: line   This is where your load originated; i.e., "the point of origin" You may or may not have this on your log. It is no longer a required entry and it is not required that you complete it.


The TO: line   This is the destination point for your load. As above, no longer a required entry.



This article is an excerpt from "Driver's ABC's, Surviving the First Year," modified for the Web. 

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