The Department of Transportation (DOT) has specific requirements for short-haul truck drivers in terms of hours of service and record-keeping. To satisfy these requirements, there are a few methods that short-haul truck drivers can use:
- Use of time records: Short-haul truck drivers can use time records instead of traditional logbooks to document their hours of service. Time records should include the start and end time of the workday, as well as the total number of hours worked each day.
- Utilize the 100 air-mile radius exemption: Short-haul drivers who operate within a 100 air-mile radius of their work reporting location are exempt from the requirements to maintain a logbook or use an electronic logging device (ELD). These drivers can use time records to document their hours of service.
- Limit work hours: Short-haul drivers should limit their work hours to 12 hours per day and avoid driving after the 14th hour on duty. They should also take a break of at least 30 minutes after 8 hours of driving time.
- Use of electronic logging devices: Short-haul drivers who do not meet the 100 air-mile radius exemption can use an ELD to record their hours of service.
- Stay compliant with regulations: Short-haul drivers should stay up-to-date with DOT regulations and ensure that they are in compliance with all requirements, including maintaining accurate records of their hours of service.
It’s important for short-haul truck drivers to follow these methods to ensure they are meeting the requirements of DOT and operating safely.