Who has to fill out log books?

Q. Who has to fill out log books?

A. If you drive beyond 100 air miles from your terminal, or work more than 12 hours in a shift, you do.  If you drive a non-CDL vehicle, there are numerous exceptions that apply to you, instead of the 100 air mile rule.

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255 thoughts on “Who has to fill out log books?

  • January 12, 2018 at 12:21 pm

    You’re probably right, it probably doesn’t meet the farm definition. If the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating of both vehicles combined is under 26,001 lbs. (and the total weight too), then it would be 150 air miles. If you stay within that, you can keep your time on a time sheet, recording the time started, time finished, and total hours worked that day. They allow you to drive 11 hours, after which you must take a 10 hour off-duty break. You are allowed to drive and work a combination of 14 hours.

  • March 21, 2018 at 4:41 pm

    would like to know what violation is it to cross a railroad track with a truck under 26000 pounds and has a DOT number ALABAMA but was ticketed in Ga.

  • March 29, 2018 at 8:31 am

    I’m not sure about crossing railroad tracks, but 49 CFR 392.10 and 392.11 talk about stopping or slowing down before you cross a railroad track. 392.10 generally says if you HazMat or passengers, you need to stop before crossing the tracks. 392.11 says you have to slow down before crossing the tracks. Hope that helps.

  • April 17, 2018 at 3:18 pm

    Is my driver required to fill out a logbook when he operates a less than 26K load on a 24ft flatbed and not driving more than the 150 air mile rule. He starts at 5am and is usually back at the yard by 3pm and does not leave again until the next day. Off every Saturday and Sunday. He just got stopped today for no logbook.

  • May 9, 2018 at 9:21 am

    If it is a non-CDL vehicle, the driver should be allowed to stay within a 150 air mile radius, and record his time on a time sheet, with the time started, time finished, and total number of hours. No logbook should be required.

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