“On Duty, Not Driving”

"On Duty, Not Driving"

“On Duty, Not Driving” is lingo common in the trucking world.

A trucker’s job is more than just hauling stuff around behind their cab. A huge part of their everyday existence centers around being calm, safe, and compliant. Safety is incredibly important because the trucker is not only responsible for his own safety, but also the safety of every other person on the road around them. If they cause an accident (or even have one due to harsh weather,) it could be life-altering (or ending) for the people in the smaller vehicles around their rig. Compliance means adhering to the rules that are in place to keep everyone safe, like rules about how many hours in a day or week someone can spend behind the wheel. But the time behind the wheel isn’t the only time you spend working, so let’s dig into what it means to be on duty but not driving. 

What Is On Duty Driving?

On Duty Driving is also known as “Line 3 time,” the time spent driving your rig on duty on a highway. This time must be logged and tracked, and it is subject to compliance laws. Generally, you are limited to 60 hours of on duty driving time in the last seven days (or 70 hours in the last eight days), and once you reach that point you must take a break. There is also a limit to the number of consecutive duty hours, which is 14 hours. If you reach 14 hours of on duty driving, you have to take a break. 

So What Is On Duty Not Driving?

It is important to note that you can “take a break” and still be both on duty and working. “On duty, not driving” refers to all of the work activities you can do when you reach any of the previously mentioned thresholds, and some of them include driving (just not on a highway). If you need to move containers around a yard, you can do this while “on duty, not driving,” as long as the yard is closed to the public. Driving something other than your rig, even on public roads and highways is also not counted, so you could be heading into the office in a pickup and be considered still “on duty, not driving.” “On duty, not driving” hours are also a great time to inspect your rig, perform maintenance, and complete any other inventories and checks you need.

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