What Are the Rules for a Driver's Log Book?

Rules for drivers putting information into a driver's log book includes: all hours must be logged accurately on a grid, driving limits of 60 hours in seven days, 10 hours off between shifts and a 34 hours required rest once per week. If these rules are not followed, drivers and, in some cases, the companies they work for, can be fined. Each state sets the penalties for log book violation and more than three extra hours can result in civil penalties as well as driving tickets.

A legal log book contains the name of the driver, date, carrier name, truck number and the total miles driven in a 24-hour period. The information in the log book must include information for all vehicles driven by the given driver. The driver should start by stating the start time of the 24-hour period, where the load is from and where it is going to. All of these items are required, along with codriver information, to make a log book meet legal requirements.

The 10 hours that a driver is required to have off between driving can be spent in a combination of ways. It can be in a sleeping berth, sitting in the passenger seat or at a truck stop. Once the 10-hour period of rest is over, drivers may not exceed more than 11 hours of driving.