Changes in Driver’s Log Investigations

Sometimes things go in reverse without any notice of the change. In November, 2008 the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration FMCSA rescinded a policy that stood for years concerning where Global Positioning Systems GPS could be used when it came to auditing a carrier’s driver’s logs. As a result carriers are now required to keep GPS history for six months and release it to inspectors upon request.

Since January 2009, a number of carriers have been audited and GPS records have been requested as part of those audits. As a result, many of these carriers received large fines and suffered an overall increase in their SafeStat scores (see: http://ai.fmcsa.dot.gov/SafeStat/SafeStatMain.asp?PageN=results ).

The bottom line is that DOT auditors can now request GPS records at any time during an audit and compare them to the actual driver’s record of duty status (FMCSR 395.8). Carriers using GPS systems should be using these records to audit their driver’s logs to ensure compliance.

Need help? Leave me a comment, or send me an email (roadknowledge@gmail.com), and I would be happy to share with you what I have been doing with our fleet’s driver’s logs.

Down The Road – Mike


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