That's where the right to remain silent comes in handy. Isn't it ironic you can't change your oil or a light bulb,but you could go for a five mile jog!
Interesting thought but as I understand it any work for compensation must be applied to your on duty time in trucking. Trading work is bartering. So if you Phil polishes Joe's tanks and wheels and Joe does nothing for Phil in exchange that will be fine.
I'm not trying to create work for you but where do you get "short distances"? In the personal conveyance thread I was reading the regs and Turtle was apparently reading the guidance, at least that's what he posted. The actual regs (at least as far as I got), were somehow ambiguous about personal conveyance. The guidance on the other hand, was clear as a bell - If thou hast freight on truck thou shall sit and be terminally bored or hungry but thou shan't move.
The parts about when NOT under load are ambiguous so I used "short distance" to TRY to make is a tad more clear. FDCC considers 45 minutes the limit. That is SHORT.
Most of the regulations we are forced to live by, if we chose to drive for a living, are arbitrary without little or no basis in reality.
That's true, Joe, for drivers like you who obey the speed limit and have the good sense to not drive when you know you need sleep. But there are the problem children too: those who would dive as long as they are physically able and then drive some more, those who could care less about speed limits, those who don't even think to slow down in a construction zone, those for whom one working headlamp is enough even if it jiggles in its mount, those who believe they have the right to tailgate a four-wheeler by six inches to bully him or her into a lane change. They are the ones who alarm the general public and propel the regulators and safety advocates into rule-making frenzies.
If you're picking up a 0 and a 3, are you logging 14 hr days?. Seldom should either driver have to log over 11.5 in a day.
Even running long at 12 hrs each, 50 hrs coast to coast, you usually will have at least a few hours downtime before your next load.
Hrs planning is part of our trip planning.