Do My Drivers Need A Log Book

Jan 07, 2015

The role of the US Department of Transportation is to ensure the safety of the public and of the drivers that work on the roads.

One way that the US DOT implements driver safety is to require that drivers do not stay out on the roads too long, drive without breaks, and they must carry a required log book.

Log books are only used when, in general, a commercial motor vehicle is used as part of a business and is involved in interstate commerce and fits any of these descriptions:

  • Weighs 10,001 pounds or more
  • Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more
  • Is designed or used to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver) not for compensation
  • Is designed or used to transport 9 or more passengers (including the driver) for compensation
  • Is transporting hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placards

Most oxygen providers will fall under this category because they carry 1,001 lbs. of oxygen (that's the tanks and the gas) and therefore must use placards.

However, even if you placard you will be exempt from the log book requirement if your drivers don't drive farther than a 100 mile radius from the work place, and they don't work longer than 12 hours. (49 CFR 395.1 (e))

What is DOT?
DOT is the United States Department of Transportation. This Federal agency has the power to regulate any hazardous material that is being trasnported in commerce. (i.e. Being bought, sold and/or delivered!)

Who Has To Follow DOT?
Anyone who delivers any amount of oxygen. While DOT doesn't affect patients, they still need to follow safety rules. Check out our training aid OF-2012 for a DVD and tips for keeping patients safe while transporting their cylinders.

 

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