By Kyle Roby, Attorney
English, Lucas, Priest & Owsley, LLP
Tractor trailer drivers are required to keep log books. Log books record the time a truck driver has been driving or on-duty. It’s one of the first things we examine when we’re called on to help someone who has been injured in an accident that involves a truck. Few drivers, however, are as dutiful with keeping those truck log books as they should be. Log books are hand-written, and simple to read, and easy to keep up with if a driver wants to do so.
The truck log books require the following of a driver and the company he or she works for:
- Log books must be kept as the driver goes. Every time a driver begins the day, he or she is required to note the city, state, and time.
- The driver is to keep track of the amount of time driving – time left, time arrived, and time spent on breaks throughout the day.
- The name of the company that owns the truck and its headquarter’s location are required at the top of each log book page.
- The driver must sign the log book to indicate that the information in it is accurate and truthful.
If the driver is following the law, the truck log books should show that he or she abided by the time limits specified by law. Police officers, state troopers and officials from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration are allowed to examine the log books at any time to check to see if the driver is following the law. Many times, though, drivers do not keep up with log books, or falsify the books to indicate he or she has abided by the law.