Questions & Answers
I always log 15 minutes on duty/not driving for all fuel stops, deliveries, and pickups. Some of my co-drivers only flag fuel stops, what is the correct way according to DOT regulations?
According to the DOT regulations (U.S. and Canadian) all non-driving work-related activity is to be logged as on-duty/not driving. On-duty/not driving includes the following:
"On-duty time" means the period that begins when a driver commences work or is required by the motor carrier to be available to work and ends when the driver stops work or is relieved of responsibility by the motor carrier, and includes driving time and time spent by the driver:
(a) inspecting, servicing, repairing, conditioning or starting a commercial vehicle,
(b) traveling in the commercial vehicle as one of two drivers, where the driver is not resting in the sleeper berth,
(c) participating in the loading or unloading of a commercial vehicle,
(d) inspecting or checking the load of a commercial vehicle,
(e) waiting, at the request of the motor carrier by whom the driver is employed or otherwise engaged, for a commercial vehicle to be serviced, loaded or unloaded,
(f) waiting for a commercial vehicle or load to be inspected at a customs office or weighing check-point,
(g) traveling as a passenger in a commercial vehicle, at the request of the motor carrier by whom the driver is employed or otherwise engaged, to a destination where the driver will commence driving time, if the driver has not had eight consecutive hours of off-duty time immediately after arriving at the destination point,
(h) waiting at an en route point because of an accident or other unplanned occurrence or situation,
(i) resting in or otherwise occupying a commercial vehicle, except time spent resting in a sleeper berth,
(j) performing any other work in the capacity of a motor carrier or driver who is employed or otherwise engaged by a motor carrier, or
(k) performing any work for compensation for any non-motor carrier entity.
On other words, any time spent doing something other than driving must be logged as on-duty/not driving. Drivers who do otherwise, risk fines and penalties for falsifying their logs – since you asked.