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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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Preparing Your Fleet for Success in 2022

2022 is shaping up to be another challenging year in the trucking industry. Motor carriers can find success in 2022 by using the following best practices.


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3G Network Sunset: The Impact To Your Operation

Learn what the 3G phase out will mean for your fleet.

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Canada's ELD Mandate: Where Do We Stand?

Canada's ELD compliance date is just seven months away. Here's the latest news on the mandate and what fleets need to do now to prepare for full compliance.


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Top Recordkeeping FAQs on CMV Vehicle Inspections and Maintenance

Commercial vehicle inspections are critical to highway safety. Here are the top FAQs about what inspection and maintenance records you're required to keep.


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Truck Driver Performance — Prepping for Difficult One-on-Ones

Difficult conversations are an essential aspect of managing people. Here's how to practice and prepare for driver one-on-one meetings.


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The New DOT Medical Exam Form for CMV Drivers

The FMCSA recently issued a new version of the Medical Examination Report Form. Here's what you need to know.


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Attacking Inefficiency and Improving Service with ELDs

The benefits of an ELD extend well beyond just hours of service. Here are 5 ways to use your ELD for maximum productivity.


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Embracing the Values of Safety Through Policies and Procedures

Clear policies and procedures are a critical piece of your organization's safety program. Here are some things to consider when developing yours.


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Don't Underestimate the Value of the Driver Interview

Interviewing driver applicants in person is a best practice. Here are some quick tips to help the interview process go smoothly.


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Beating Fleet Manager Stress

Compliance challenges, tight timelines and lean resources can result in overwhelming stress for a fleet manager. But it doesn’t have to be this way.


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5 Best Practices for Managing OOS Vehicles

Are you proactively managing the defective vehicles you've had to remove from service? Here are some best practices to consider.


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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.