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I’m not Red. Ive seen many misunderstandings because of not knowing the FMCSA regulations. Even though the regs are sold in book form at almost every truck stop and those regs are freely available online, few drivers read any of them. Most dtivers rely on the opinions they heat during CDL school, the trainer at their first company, and a stew of old wives tales & tricks learned over the CB or in driver waiting rooms.

There is NO requirement to take a 34 hour reset. You can take one evety other day or never. Company policy may require it. The law does not.

Crossing state borders does NOT violate the short-haul exemption from keeping a “logbook”.

I think since the regulations are not pleasant reading, and some drivers don’t read a lot, there is a culture of “just tell me what to do” in trucking. There is little distinction between company policy, regulations, maximizing productivity, or what you can get away with. The most common justification I hear is “my trainer said I had to do X”, which is often then claimed to be “the law requires X”.

Here’s a link to regulations for those that want to know them. They aren’t meant to be read like a novel, but searched and read in small doses.