I'm curious what the rest of the feeder drivers here do when they pre-trip their tractors. From the time I clock-in, in the building, to the time I walk out to my tractor, and complete my pre-trip, it takes me 16 minutes to get rolling. My sups are pushing me to get it done in 9 minutes. I follow the CDL booklet UPS gave me to pass the CDL test. Now that my times bother them, they are now pushing me to ignore sections of that manual. I've tried getting a hold of the DOT to no avail. I called the state CDL office in the state I work in, but all they told me was that "this is what we test for." No one can tell me what, exactly, the government REQUIRES of me, regarding the pre-trip inspection. I've been told that the DOT won't let you kick the tires to check for proper inflation, which my supervisor, of course, did. The one minute brake pressure test, where you put full pressure on the pedal, and make sure the pressure isn't going down more than 3 PSI a minute? Nope, he says, we don't require that. The CDL manual says to pull the battery cover off and check the connections for corrosion, which I do everyday. Nope, he says, we don't require that either. I had a brake chamber nearly fall off after I hit my destination last year, even after I checked it during my pre-trip. So, I incorporated a light thump on the chambers to verify that they are solidly mounted. Nope, he says, takes too long. Visually verify. Yeah, I did that last year and almost lost the brakes on my back box. Nope, follow our methods. We had a driver drop a trailer off to a center a while back, and the next driver did a very thorough inspection, and noticed that the air tank on the trailer had welds that were failing. The first driver received a warning letter because the trailer had to be off loaded onto another trailer...SO, I also thump the air tank when I get underneath the trailer when I check the brakes and springs. Nope, don't need to do that. The kicker was him doing my pre-trip, and signing off my DVIR. I told him I needed to sign it. Nope, I did the pre-trip, I signed it, he said. Nope, I said, I'm the driver, I'm driving tonight, my tractor, I'm responsible if I get pulled over. NO, I did the pre-trip, that's good enough, he said. NO, I insisted, the weight scales will ask me who this other person is, and why didn't you, the driver, acknowledged the vehicle was safe to drive. He got pissy and said, "Fine, sign under my name." I did, and later took a picture of the DVIR. My real problem, is I can't get a real answer from the DOT, just what is required of our pre-trips. In the meantime, I document every time I get harassed about my times. I'm waiting to see how long this continues. I don't want to shoot my wad too soon. This is what I was talking about last week when I was asking other feeder drivers what kind of harassment they are feeling. Anyway, does anyone have any clues how I can verify the pre-trip regulations?