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How to Fill Out a Log Book for Team Drivers

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"Team drivers" is the term that describes a pair of truck drivers working together to haul loads in commercial trucks. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Administration, any one driver is only permitted to drive for a certain number of hours per day. To track the progress of the hauling assignment and to prove the number of hours each driver drove, you must maintain a log book. The log book should note the name of the driver on the team, the date, the number of hours driven and the carrier number.

Draw a chart for blank page log books to create a column for the driver’s name, start time, stop time, total hours, carrier number and the location of the team member.

Record the date at the top of the page. You should use one page per day or divide the page up by date.

Write the driver’s name. Include the name of the driver on the team that starts driving on the day that you are logging into the book.

Record the carrier number for the team member who is driving.

Mark the start time. Write down the time that the team driver starts driving.

Note the stop time. When the team driver stops driving for the day, write down the stop time.

Total the number of hours driven for this leg of the trip. Subtract the stop time from the start time.

Write the location of the passenger member of the driving team. According to federal laws, the team member that is not driving must remain in the sleeper cab of the truck.

Mark the carrier number for the passenger team member.

Write down the number of hours that the other team member was in the sleeper cab of the truck. The law requires that the team member must take a 10-hour consecutive break. During this break, the other team member is not allowed to be in the passenger seat of the truck cab.

Repeat Steps 1 through 7 when the other team member takes over as the driver and the driver then becomes the passenger.

Tip

According to federal regulations, one member of the team can only drive for 11 hours in a 24-hour working period. In total, one driver cannot exceed working hours of 14 hours in a 24-hour period, which includes the 11 hours of driving.

The Department of Transportation (DOT) can request to review and inspect truck driver log books at any time. This is why you should maintain the log book. You should also store and retain old log books so that you have records for tax purposes or if the DOT ever requests old log books.

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Kristie Lorette started writing professionally in 1996. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in marketing and multinational business from Florida State University and a Master of Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University. Her work has appeared online at Bill Savings, Money Smart Life and Mortgage Loan.

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