The trucking industry in Connecticut and throughout the country is very important to the economy. Because of this, some truckers are expected to drive long hours. This, combined with the fact trucks take a longer time to stop and are large, heavy vehicles, can pose a hazard to other drivers on the roads. To help manage the hours truckers drive and keep things safe, federal requirements state truckers need to keep a log book to track their hours.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the hours of service regulations apply to those who operate a truck that is involved in interstate business. The type of vehicle can be any of the following:
- Carries nine or more customers for payment
- Carries 16 or more passengers not for payment
- Weighs at least 10,001 pounds
- Carries hazardous materials which require placards
According to the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles, a log book with hours must be completed every day even on off days. The driver needs to have it in duplicate and carry it with him or her. For trucks carrying passengers, the driver needs to take a minimum of eight hours off in between shifts. The maximum amount of time a driver can operate the vehicle is 10 hours after time off, and if he or she has been on duty for 15 hours no driving can be done.
Property carriers are required to take a minimum of 10 consecutive hours off. They can drive a maximum of 11 hours, unless they have been on duty for 14 hours and then no driving is allowed. Carriers driving within a 100 mile radius may be exempt from log book requirements if they meet a number of conditions.