An astute viewer of the YouTube channel sent me an article. It is a little older but I love talking about the log so lets get into it. You can read it HERE. Can you be off duty while you are being loaded or unloaded? The short answer is no. Let us look at 395.2 part 5:
(5) All time loading or unloading a commercial motor vehicle, supervising, or assisting in the loading or unloading, attending a commercial motor vehicle being loaded or unloaded, remaining in readiness to operate the commercial motor vehicle, or in giving or receiving receipts for shipments loaded or unloaded
If you are ready to drive away, you are on-duty. Now, you could log sleeper if you are actually resting in the sleeper berth. BUT, if the time is less than 8 hours it does not stop your 14 hour clock. At 8 hours you could do a split sleeper.
I get that some drivers do this because they are not compensated for their time at the dock. Continuing to work for free is never going to get you paid. Remember that. Drivers are our own worst enemy here. The people logging off-duty are the reason many drivers don't get paid for this time. Know your worth and get paid for your time. Stop doing all this free work! Every time you log off duty while actually working you are cutting your own throat. Why should a company pay you if you will work for NOTHING?
See you on the road!
Hi! Welcome. I'm Mark and I've been a professional truck driver for over 33 years, the last 19 years at the same company. It is time that drivers got paid for every minute that we work and we are treated like the licensed professionals we are.