AIN DRIVERS TO PREVENT THIS COMMON PC VIOLATION 395.8E1PC
Drivers who violate the personal-conveyance provision may now be cited for violating “395.8E1PC,” so make sure your drivers know what’s acceptable when it comes to personal use of a commercial vehicle. They need to understand that their actions not only affect the carrier’s BASIC score, but their individual BASIC scores as well. Use the CSA Driver Training, available in the FleetMentor Training Center (under Driver and Supervisor Training Programs), to bring everyone up to speed.
What is PC?
When used properly, the PC exception allows drivers to log commercial vehicle driving time as off duty. Such off-duty driving is allowed only for personal reasons, such as to commute to or fro
m work or to get to a restaurant or grocery store.
To use a vehicle for personal conveyance, the driver:
Must be relieved from work and all responsibility for performing work,
Must not be too ill or fatigued to drive safely,
Must ensure that the movement will not benefit the company in any way.
Acceptable as PC:
Driving from an en-route lodging (e.g., motel or truck stop) to and from restaurants, entertainment facilities, stores, etc., for personal reasons.
Commuting between home and a terminal or a trailer drop lot.
Driving to the first reasonably available and safe location to get required rest after running out of hours while loading or unloading and ordered to move the vehicle.
Moving a vehicle at the request of a safety official during the driver’s off-duty time.
Transporting personal property while off duty.
Driving home from a remote jobsite or “base camp” where the driver was stationed for a period of time.
NOT ACCEPTABLE AS PC:
Driving to a company terminal, the normal work-reporting location, or home after loading or unloading at a shipper or receiver.
Driving that “enhances the operational readiness” of the company, such as by skipping an available rest area to get closer to the next work destination.
Driving to or from a facility for maintenance or to get fuel.
Continuing a trip to fulfill a business purpose, such as bobtailing or pulling an empty trailer to retrieve another load or repositioning a tractor or trailer at the company’s direction.
After delivering a trailer, returning to the point of origin under the direction of the company to pick up another trailer.
Driving to get rest after being placed out of service for exceeding the hours-of-service limits, unless told to do so by an enforcement officer.