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THE LOG MASTER AND SPLIT SHIFTS

One of the peculiararities of the new rules is that when logging split shifts the program cannot acutally check the previous entries until you have completed your breaks. This can cause the program to give you strange numbers on occasion - For example: You are using split shifts and you are near the end of the day when you exceed your 14 hours on duty on line 4. See below: (note the new field that shows ON DUTY:16/REMAINING:-2)

Sample log page

Log created using The Truckers Helper Log Master. It is now legal to keep your logs in your computer if you comply with the FMCSA Rules on this.

In this situation the program will eliminate the 6 hour sleeper break at this point because the current break is only 2 hours (so the last and previous only equal 8 hours). Once you move to the next day and enter the rest of the break (last and previous must equal 10 or more) this will reinstate the 6 hour sleeper break and the display will return to normal. This will only happen if you:
  • are over your 14 hours and
  • are at the end of the day and are only logging a part of the next sleeper period.
  • OVER 14 WHILE DRIVING -
    In the above example the over 14 was on line 4 and does not constitute a violation. IF YOU ARE DRIVING when you exceed the 14 hours on duty that will create a violation! However, the program cannot actually determine whether a violation will exist in this case until you finish entering your OFF DUTY time. Going OFF DUTY for 10 or more hours will cause the partial sleeper to fall into the 14 hour calculation creating a violation. Had you instead gone to the sleeper the next day (before completing the 10 hours OFF DUTY) for an additional 4 hours, that would have validated the 6 hour SLEEPER and the violation would not have occurred.

    Sample log page

    Log created using The Truckers Helper Log Master. It is now legal to keep your logs in your computer if you comply with the FMCSA Rules on this.

    On the following day, when you finish your break OFF DUTY the program will create a violation, and will inform you that the entry you made created a violation on the previous day.

    Sample log page

    Log created using The Truckers Helper Log Master. It is now legal to keep your logs in your computer if you comply with the FMCSA Rules on this.

    If you have questions, comments or suggestions please post them in the FORUMS. We are starting a new forum just for this topic.


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