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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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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.


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Going on the Offensive: Using Dash Cams to Protect Your Crash BASIC

Trucks get blamed for everything. Large truck defense attorney Doug Marcello shares how drivers can use dash cameras to avoid serious lawsuits.


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4 Critical Elements of Truck Driver Reward Programs

Driver recognition and reward programs can increase driver efficiency, decrease potential liability, and reduce turnover.


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How is a Truck Driver Disqualified?

Understanding driver disqualification is as important as understanding driver qualification.


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What Are FMCSA's Truck Maintenance Recordkeeping Requirements?

The FMCSA requires that your truck maintenance program document all activities including repairs, service schedules, maintenance checklists, and more.


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COVID-19 Return-To-Work Tips for Transporters 

A proactive approach is needed when your drivers are returning to work during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are tips for getting back to 100% productivity.


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Emergency Exemption for Transportation Providers Extended

Another extension has been issued and will be in effect until July 14th or until the national emergency is terminated, whichever happens first.


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Don't Throw Your ELD Out the Cab Window

If you’re considering pulling ELDs from your short-haul vehicles, think about these three ELD benefits.


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The Impact of the New Hours of Service Rules

The hours-of-service rules are changing, and carriers could find these changes increase driver productivity.


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Yard Jockey Training Tips

Yard jockey, yard spotter, trailer jockey — call them what you will. Some jockeys move up to 100 trailers in a shift, making a strong case for training.


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Improving Your Business with GPS Vehicle Tracking

No employee is more remote than a commercial driver and staying in touch with their whereabouts is critical.


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FMCSA's Crash Preventability Determination Program Relaunched

Three benefits to using DataQs to challenge the preventability of certain crashes under FMCSA's Crash Preventability Determination Program. 


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COVID-19 Hours of Service FAQ's for Transporters

Top two questions around the HOS rules for those drivers and transporters who fall under the COVID-19 Emergency Declaration.


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What Is a DOT Safety Rating?

Maintaining a solid DOT safety rating is critical to your reputation as a motor carrier. Learn more about what the FMCSA evaluates during an audit.

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Intrastate ELD Adoption and What You Should Know

Knowing the difference between interstate and intrastate transportation is vital.

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COVID-19 Drug & Alcohol Testing FAQ's for Transporters

Carriers subject to DOT drug and alcohol testing under FMCSA were allowed some flexibility due to the pandemic.


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CBD Oils and the CMV Driver

Learn more about the DOT's recent stance on driver use of CBD products.

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Carrier Roadside Inspection Checklist

Review this checklist to identify gaps in compliance and reduce the risk of roadside inspection violations.

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Driver Roadside Inspection Checklist

Drivers are on the frontline of a roadside inspection. Here's how to help them prepare.

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Maintenance Shop Roadside Inspection Checklist

Read this checklist to ensure that your maintenance team is conducting thorough vehicle inspections.

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What are the COVID-19 Waivers for IFTA, IRP, and UCR?

Most states and provinces have granted temporary waivers for IFTA and IRP due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Be careful as each jurisdiction has different guidelines.


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COVID-19 Driver Qualification FAQ's

There are many questions regarding transportation during the COVID-19 national emergency, especially when it comes to driver qualification. 


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Practical Tips for Deposition

It is always important to prepare for deposition. Here are 10 key points for a smooth deposition.