Legal Document | Logbook Smart

Legal Document | Logbook Smart

December 16, 2019 0 By Kailee Schamberger


Hi there smart drivers, Rick with Smart Drive Test. Another quick tip for log book smart. Today we’re talking about the log book
as a legal document. And the reason that you sign and print your name on the
document is because it is in fact a legal document. So therefore, if you are
unfortunate enough to be involved in a crash or some other incident that
requires public attention and authorities investigate you, they will
look at your logbook, for example, if you go down a hill and use a runaway lane or
get into a crash and cause property damage or injure someone – they will look
at your logbook to ensure that you did a pre-hill safety check before you went
down the hill. And you need to flag that– put that in your log book. That way you
have done due diligence as part and parcel of your job as a commercial
driver. And I’ll put a card up here for you for the video on flagging. So you can
see that and know how to do that. The other thing about the logbook, just
quickly, as a legal document. You can use it for tax purposes. The IRS and the CRA
in Canada–the Canada Revenue Agency and the Internal Revenue Services in the
United States–both will look at your logbook to calculate your per diem. For
truck drivers and bus drivers working over the road and our away from home for days at a time you are able to to use, for tax purposes, a per diem. A per diem
is essentially you’re able to claim a certain amount of money for living away
from home expenses – meals, lodgings and that sorts of thing. And if you’re not
familiar with that, get a good bookkeeper, get a good accountant, who are familiar
with taxes in relation to long-haul truck and bus drivers. So log book – it’s a
legal document used for crash investigation and used for tax purposes,
both in Canada and the United States by the IRS or the CRA. So sign your document, make
sure it’s filled out correctly because it is a legal document and you’re
stating that in fact it’s true. I’m Rick with Smart Drive Test. Thanks very much
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button. Check out the videos below, especially if you’re embarking on
getting your CDL license. All that will help you be successful in earning your
license. And as well, the videos are great for people endeavoring to work
as a bus or truck driver. Lots of great information to be successful in your
day-to-day tasks of carrying out and doing that work. For those of you on a
mobile device, check out the cards in the upper right-hand corner here. Those too
give you links to the videos. Question for my smart drivers: did you know about
the per diem and the living away from home expenses for the purposes of taxes? And that you had to keep your logbook? If you did, leave a comment down in the
comment section, all that helps out the new drivers who are entering the
industry to know about taxes and what they need to do and keep for the
purposes of filing your taxes at the end of the year, either with the CRA or with
the IRS. Thanks very much for watching – good luck on your road test. Remember, pick the best answer, not necessarily the right answer. Have a great day. Bye now. [CLOSING CREDITS & MUSIC]