Dock Time: On or Off Duty?
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!
2/3/2019 02:02:14 pm
Yup, its a wicked game. When I do it I know I am feeding the evil beast. It give the broker, shipper and my boss free labor and promote their failures and disregard. They all promise to pay, but even with times on the BOL, I have never been compensated for delay in over 30 years. I just birch and quit.
2/3/2019 02:53:52 pm
To be clear I have logged off/ sleeper birth at the dock. Its so i don't run out of hours in a parking lot with little to no food.(ate it getting there to be on time) Probably need a shower and or don't want to loose my next load or delay my next delivery. Its not for money it about survival. I do have a safe .DAC and compliance is imparitive. I will try to stay off for the duration and pay the hell that will come for the loss of service for these predatory brokers, shippers and truck companies.
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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.