Mark Schedler - Sr. DOT Editor - J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc.
April 26 , 2019
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Of all drivers placed out of service during Roadcheck 2018, 43% were due to hours-of-service violations. With the final ELD mandate compliance deadline just months away, hours of service continues to be a focal point of roadside inspections. So how can you make sure your fleet survives Roadcheck 2019 without an hours-of-service violation? Start with these best practices:
Train new hires and provide annual refresher training to existing drivers regarding hours-of-service regulations and electronic logging requirements, including:
Even though electronic logs are usually current to the last change of duty status, be aware. Not only can a driver be cited for “log not current” if they fail to change their electronic log to on-duty (not driving) upon being stopped for an inspection, but unassigned driving events that may have accumulated in the ELD could pose a real problem. If the driver hasn’t accepted applicable events, they may be over the hours-of-service limits after the events are applied to their account, resulting in an out-of-service order and/or falsification citation. Drivers should review these events each day upon login and accept or reject as appropriate.
Drivers should be aware of their recordkeeping responsibilities, including all documentation that must be organized and available during an inspection. Required documentation includes:
As you prepare for this year’s Roadcheck event, remember that preparation is only half the battle. When it comes to minimizing roadside inspection violations and the subsequent negative impact to your Compliance, Safety, and Accountability (CSA) scores, ATTITUDE is everything. Coach drivers to remain calm, be respectful, avoid argument, and ask the officer to explain the violation(s). A driver who is professional, courteous, and cooperative may be waived through or experience a smoother inspection, allowing them to get back on the road sooner.
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