Truck Driver Responsibilities
DRIVERS RESPONSIBILITY / DUTY TO INSPECT
There are a number of responsibilities that a truck driver and tractor trailer driver must follow. These items include:
- Comply with rules regarding Maximum Driving and On Duty Time
- Keep accurate logs of on and off duty status
- No Alcohol or drug legal or illegal that affect ability to drive
- Not to drive while fatigued or in violation of hours of service regulations
- Vehicle Condition
- Safety Inspection
Comply with rules regarding Maximum Driving and On Duty Time:
Truck drivers, may not:
- Drive more than 12 hours following eight consecutive hours off duty; or
- For any period after having been on duty 15 hours following eight consecutive hours off duty.
Keep accurate logs of on and off duty status:
Every motor carrier shall require every driver used by the motor carrier to record his/her duty status for each 24 hour period. The information that must be recorded is as follows:
- Total Miles driving today
- Bus, truck, tractor, and trailer number
- Name of carrier
- Drivers signature / certificate
- 24 hour period starting time
- Main office address
- Name of co-driver
- Total hours
- Shipping document number(s) or name of shipper and commodity
No Alcohol or drug legal or illegal that affect ability to drive:
No person shall operate a commercial motor vehicle when that persons blood alcohol level is found to be 0.01% by weight, or greater. No person shall be on duty or operate a commercial motor vehicle while the driver possesses and alcoholic beverage of not less than one-half of one per centum of alcohol by volume.
Not to drive while fatigued or in violation of hours of service regulations:
No driver shall operate a motor vehicle, and a motor carrier shall not require or permit a driver to operate a motor vehicle, while the driver's alertness is impaired through fatigue, illness, or other cause.
Vehicle Condition - Daily Inspection and Written Reports by Drivers:
Before driving a motor vehicle, the driver shall:
- Inspect the vehicle daily to ascertain that it is in safe operating condition and equipment is in good working order.
- Review the last vehicle inspection report.
- Sign the report
Daily Report - Truck Drivers:
Truck driver daily shall:
- Service brakes including trailer brake connection
- Parking hand brake
- Steering mechanism
- Lighting devices and reflectors
- Windshield wipers
- Rear vision mirrors
- Coupling devices
- Wheels and rims
- Emergency equipment
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