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For unforseen events, drivers can defer time.

Logbooks | Deferring time in Canada


Updated Jan 2021


It's unlikely you're gonna need to use this but in case you want to and you get stuck out in a snowstorm, or traffic crash, or traffic congestion that's unexpected you can do this and defer two hours of time from one day to the next day which is day #1 to day #2.

So today we're going to talk about that.

We'll be right back to tell you how to defer time in your log book.

The need to defer time in your logbook is unlikely.Canadian Log book Rules

You can defer time from day #1 to day #2, so the off-duty requirements on your log book are 10 hours off-duty one 8 hour consecutive block and two other blocks of not less than 30 minutes.

Most drivers take those two additional hours in one hour blocks of the four hour and eight hour increments so they break their workday up into three four-hour blocks of 13 hours maximum driving time.

Deferring Time

Now you can defer two hours from day #1 to day #2 and it must be checked on your log book.

There's a space as you can see here on the log book for day #1 and day #2.

You can reduce your 10 hours of off-duty time to eight hours of off-duty time so long as the two hours at you reduce it by is not part of the eight consecutive hours.

So you still have to take 8-consecutive hours off duty.

So essentially what you're doing is eliminating the breaks as you can see here on the log sheet for the day on day #1.

Now that two hours off-duty must be added to the eight-consecutive hours on day #2.

So as you can see on the log book here...

you have on day #2 10-consecutive hours off-duty plus your two additional breaks.

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So the two hours of off-duty time from day #1 have simply been added to the eight-consecutive hours.

So on day #2 you have 2 1-hour breaks.

On day two you have ten-consecutive hours off duty.

That's how you defer time from day #1 to day #2.

As I said because the log book is a rolling cycle...

a rolling work cycle in Canada - I've talked about it in other videos that there's no point working on cycle #2 because every seven days you have to take 24 hours off-duty.

If you're gonna take 24 hours after you might as well take an additional 12 hours off-duty and reset cycle #1 and go again.

All of this is not really needed in the industry because that 70 hours in 7 days is a rolling seven-day cycle.


If you're deferring time from day #1 to day #2.

You can eliminate the two hours of breaks on day #1.

So the ten-consecutive hours off-duty - two hours can be added to day #2, so you can essentially drive for 13 hours straight.

Eight consecutive hours off-duty on day #2.

You're going to have ten consecutive hours off- duty plus two hours of additional breaks not less than 30-minutes increments.

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All of the videos, all of the rules and regulations for driving in Canada.

They're all written down.

There's two exercises for you to fill out.

There's questions related specifically to the exercises to help you understand and comprehend filling out a log book, so if you get pulled into a scale, get pulled over by authorities and they look at your logbook you're not gonna get a fine.

As well, there's a free calculator for figuring out the 70 hours in 7 days - the work cycle - rolling work cycle, which you also need to understand.

And finally there's a certificate of completion that you can take to your employer if you're looking to get hired.

It gives you a leg up from everybody else because you have a certificate that says you took a certified logbook course.

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