At JoyRide Logistics LLC, we recognize the importance of balancing work and personal life for our drivers. Personal Conveyance (PC) plays a crucial role in this balance. PC refers to the use of a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) for personal reasons while off-duty. This allows our drivers to attend to personal needs such as commuting to and from home or running personal errands, while recording this time as off-duty.
Aligning with Hours of Service Guidelines
PC aligns with the Hours of Service (HOS) guidelines, which set the maximum on-duty time for drivers and mandate rest periods. This ensures drivers remain alert and safe. Notably, using a PC doesn’t affect your HOS clock. This flexibility enables our drivers to efficiently manage their schedules, ensuring timely deliveries while having access to necessities like food, showers, or entertainment.
FMCSA Guidelines on PC Usage
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) offers clear guidelines for PC use. It’s important to note that PC can be used only when:
- You are off duty.
- The vehicle movement is for personal reasons.
- The movement doesn’t benefit JoyRide Logistics.
- Appropriate instances of PC use include traveling for rest after unloading, moving your CMV at a safety official’s request, or traveling from lodging to amenities.
Compliance and Documentation
PC must comply with local laws and ordinances. Drivers should be prepared to provide supporting documents, like hotel receipts or personal credit card statements, to justify the use of PC.
Frequently Asked Questions
Returning Home or to Terminal: Using PC to return home or to the terminal after dropping a load is not allowed as it’s considered part of the trip.
Short Haul Exception and PC: Drivers under the short-haul exception can use PC, but this doesn’t extend the 12-hour duty limitation.
Using PC after Hours Run Out: Generally not allowed, except for driving to a safe location after running out of hours at a shipper’s or receiver’s facility.
Distance or Time Limits: No specific limits, but drivers must ensure adequate rest before driving again.
Post-Repair Vehicle Movement: Traveling from a repair facility to home is considered on-duty since it’s business-related.
Inspections During PC: Drivers can be inspected and should record their duty status as “on-duty, not driving” during inspections.
Note from JoyRide’s Safety Team
At JoyRide Logistics LLC, we pride ourselves on maintaining a positive work culture within our teams that feels more like a family. Not only do we ensure our drivers are trained to follow the FMCSA’s regulations, but we also continuously offer support through our healthy relationships with the dispatch and safety teams. Our drivers know that if they are ever unsure of how to use PC in a situation, they can pick up the phone and work directly with the Safety team to stay in compliance with HOS rules and the FMCSA regulations. Our team works hard to ensure each driver and their truck is prepared to hit the road, ready for success. We take care of our drivers so we can watch them succeed and have a long, happy career at JoyRide Logistics LLC!