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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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2022 CVSA Roadcheck Results — Wheel End Inspection Tips & Guidance

Each year, thousands of vehicle inspections are conducted during CVSA Roadcheck. Here are the results from the 2022 Roadcheck event.


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"I'm Not Paying You to Sleep!" And Other Vehicle Tracking Short Stories

Who doesn't love good trucking stories? Here are three situations when vehicle trackers helped fleet managers save time and money.


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Large Private Fleet Reduced Risky Driving Events by 86% — in One Day!

This fleet recently experienced a significant reduction in risky driving events. Here's how they use dash cameras to protect their drivers.


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Don't Let Supply-Chain Disruptions Derail Your Maintenance Program

There's a perfect storm of problems battering the truck and bus industry today. Learn how vehicle inspections and preventive maintenance help keep your freight moving.


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Three Steps to a Best-in-Class Safety Program

Do you want to improve your company's safety metrics, reduce the chance of costly post-crash litigation, and better retain your drivers? Here are three steps to get there.


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Electronic DOT Recordkeeping — The Foundation of Compliant Fleet Management

In today's world of off-site DOT audits and nuclear verdicts, you must maintain your records to the highest standards, and that means switching to electronic recordkeeping.


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Canada's ELD Mandate: Get Started with Compliance Today

The Canadian ELD mandate has a new enforcement date. Here's what you need to know so you're prepared for January 1, 2023.


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Encompass — A Journey of Compliance Innovation

The J. J. Keller® Encompass® Fleet Management System is celebrating 20 years of fleet management in 2022! Take a look at our exciting new enhancements.


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Making The Most of Your Roadside Inspection Data

Your effort to dig deep into your roadside inspection data has enormous payoffs. Here's how it's done.


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New DOT Rules for Mounting Tech Hardware on Windshield

The FMCSA announced changes to its windshield obstruction rule. Here's what you need to know when the changes take place on May 6, 2022.


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2021 FMCSA Audits Year in Review

In 2021, 95% of FMCSA audits resulted in violations. Here's what they found, and how your fleet can prevent these issues.


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FMCSA Definition of Yard Move Coming Soon

New guidance is expected soon on the FMCSA's definition of a yard move.


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Do I Have to Audit My Drivers' Hours-of-Service Logs?

Showing that you have adequate controls in place for hours of service requires exceptional documentation and recordkeeping.


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The Game Changer — Using Dash Cams to Coach Drivers

Driver coaching is the foundation of any top-tier performance management program. Here are four aspects of successful driver coaching.


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Vehicle Tracking is a Safety Management Control

Learn how vehicle tracking GPS technology supports 5 important FMCSA safety management controls.


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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.