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Welcome to the ELD & DOT Guidance Blog. Our blogs offer expert advice for complying with the ELD mandate, hours of service and FMCSA regulations, as well as industry best practices to improve your operations and maximize productivity.

 

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Supporting Documents — A Day in the Life

Do you know the five types of supporting documents? Walk through an example of how to properly use each of them.


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Last Minute Driver Prep for Canada's ELD Mandate

Here are a few last-minute pointers for you and your drivers as you roll out your ELD program to comply with Canada's ELD mandate.


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Get Familiar with Canadian ELD Mandate Terms

Learn about some important differences between the Canadian electronic logging device (ELD) mandate and the U.S. mandate.


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'Debunking' Team Driver Myths

Drivers can easily hear a lot of fiction when it comes to the team driving rules. Our experts answer the top five questions about team driving.


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Five Fleet Manager Tips for Vehicle Inspections

Follow these five tips to effectively coach your drivers and reduce downtime and unplanned maintenance expenses.


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Preparing for CVSA Roadcheck 2021

Roadcheck 2021 focuses on hours of service and vehicle lighting. Learn a simple, seven-step process for conducting pre-trip inspections.


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"Educational Enforcement Period" for Canadian ELD Mandate

Despite soft enforcement, there's still work to do. Learn more about Canada's ELD mandate educational enforcement period.


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HOS Rules for Salesperson Has to Wait

A possible oversight from the FMCSA means driver-salespersons won’t be able to enjoy an expanded operating area for a while.


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Short-Haul Delivery Operations Getting FMCSA Attention

If your company conducts local deliveries — even with small, unregulated trucks — more government oversight could be in your future.


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Drivers and the 30-Minute Break

Could your drivers be completely exempt from the 30-minute break? Learn more about the September 2020 hours-of-service rule change.


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2020 FMCSA Audits Year in Review

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a surprising effect on DOT enforcement. Read more about 2020's dramatic shift to off-site auditing.


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What is the Split-Sleeper Berth Exception?

The sleeper-berth exception is one of the most confusing rules in the FMCSA regulations. Walk through an example of how to properly use this exception.


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Understanding the FMCSA Safety Fitness Standard

Learn how to monitor, analyze, and act on your CSA scores so you can protect your company and stay off the FMCSA's radar.


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What Are Exempt Fleet Responsibilities Under FMCSA?

Compliance for 'exempt' fleets, much less any fleet, is challenging. Learn more about how the FMCSA rules apply to CMVs.


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Countdown to the Canadian ELD Mandate: 3 Tips to Prepare

Canada's ELD mandate goes into effect on June 12, 2021. Here are three tips to prepare.


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Is DOT Recordkeeping Your Achilles' Heel?

Your records are the foundation on which your compliance and risk management programs are built.


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Planning for the New Year — Mandate, Medical Cards, and More

Here are the top regulatory events that should be on your radar in 2021, and how to prepare.


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Canadian ELD Certification Body Named

Accreditation to test and certify ELDs given to FPInnovations.


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Top 3 Fleet Legalization Compliance Risks & How to Avoid Them

Fleet legalization is more complicated than most carriers think. Take a look at the top 3 FMCSA violations from 2020.


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Top 3 Small Fleet Compliance Risks

Learn how to reduce your risk in three key areas of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs).


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What are the FMCSA Requirements for a DOT Drug & Alcohol Policy?

If you're a motor carrier subject to DOT testing requirements, you have to create written policies.


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Auditing Your Short-Haul Logging Records

Read our 3-step process for uncovering non-compliance events in short-haul logging records.


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Using Technology to Automate IRP & IFTA Compliance

Learn how to work smarter, not harder, by using ELDs and vehicle tracking devices to automate your fuel tax compliance processes.


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What Is a Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV)?

Understanding the definition of a CMV is extremely important because drivers and motor carriers who operate CMVs must comply with additional requirements.