Don’t know when it’s acceptable to use personal conveyance? Let’s see if we can clear up some issues and get a better understanding. You can drive a maximum of 50 miles of personal conveyance per 24 hours. You can be loaded, empty, or bobtail as well. Here are the approved reasons you can use personal conveyance:
- Travel to the nearest safe parking area after running out of all available hours at a customer location.
- Travel to driver’s permanent residence or approved home time location from a work location. (terminal, drop yard, distribution center, etc.) at the end of a work shift.
- Travel to a work location (terminal, drop yard, distribution center, etc.) from a driver’s permanent residence or approved home time location prior to the start of a scheduled work shift.
- Moving a truck to another location as directed by law enforcement.
- Moving a truck for personal reasons after a driver is parked and off duty. Examples of this include going to a restaurant, shower facility or laundromat.
Here is a list of unacceptable reasons to use personal conveyance:
- Travel beyond the closest available safe parking location.
- Travel to a driver’s permanent residence without approval by a Terminal Manager.
- Travel to a safe parking location when a driver still has hours of service available.
- Travel by company drivers for any personal reason while on home time.
- Travel that advances a load or the driver’s job in any way (past the nearest safe location).
- Travel to a safe location after running out of hours while in route to a destination due to traffic delays or other unforeseen circumstances
- Bobtailing or operating with an empty trailer to retrieve another trailer and/or load.