Can a driver fuel and pre-trip at the same time?
Activities of truck drivers are regulated by DOT rules. When not driving, a driver is covered by OSHA rules.
OSHA rules require a safe working environment and incorporate NFPA Flammable and Combustible Liquids Code.
Some municipalities have also enacted various rules against leaving your vehicle unattended while pumping fuel.
“Can a driver fuel and pre-trip at the same time?”
Simple answer — a driver may not — because even if not illegal, per se, to do so, he would not be in a position to attend to the fueling, if checking things out at the same time.
(1.) Most fuel pumps have signs posted — instructing fuel pump operators not to overfill gas tanks or leave them unattended while fueling.
(2.) Some local fire chiefs have issued fines for leaving a fuel hose unattended while fueling.
(3.) Even if there are no local rules prohibiting the practice, a company could be cited by OSHA for a “de minimis violation.” De minimis violations are violations of existing OSHA standards that have no direct or immediate relationship to safety or health. This is a kind of a warning.
A reasonable person should conclude by the above that a driver could: pre-trip and then fuel the truck.
Both practices are considered “on-duty” activities, so when filling out the logsheet, the driver may lump the two together and write in remarks: “Pretrip & Fuel.”
Company policy may differ from the above, so always follow company policy or the law, whichever is the higher standard.