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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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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.


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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.