Log book inspections put 366 drivers out of service

| July 18, 2012

Last week’s concentrated inspections of commercial truck drivers’ log books at four locations on Oregon’s portion of Interstate 5 placed 26 percent of inspected drivers out of service, according to preliminary figures from the Oregon Department of Transportation Motor Carrier Division. ODOT placed 256 drivers out of service between July 9 and 14 in log book checks at Ashland, Woodburn and Booth Ranch, which is just south of Roseburg. During the same period, 82 vehicle-focused inspections were conducted that resulted in 54 commercial motor vehicles being placed out of service.

Officers from the Phoenix Police Department, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and Marion County Sheriff’s Office also joined this enforcement exercise. These agencies performed inspections while providing traffic enforcement.

For the first time, Oregon and Washington State carefully coordinated efforts to jointly conduct this expansive hours-of-service operation. The Washington State Patrol also brought its I-5 scales on line for this event. All week long, Oregon and Washington inspectors worked together sharing data to identify potentially fatigued truck drivers traveling through both states. Of the 862 inspections performed by Washington inspectors along their portion of I-5, 110 drivers were placed out of service. This partnership will continue into the future.

Placing a driver out of service means he or she cannot drive until taking a mandatory rest break or correcting other driver-related safety violations. Vehicles placed out of service cannot operate until all mechanical out-of-service defects are cured.

ODOT places special emphasis on commercial vehicle driver inspections and log book checks. ODOT has been aggressively targeting unsafe commercial vehicles and drivers with enhanced enforcement and education initiatives for the past several years.

As an adjunct to this operation, Oregon and Washington both held Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks (TACT) exercises along I-5. Oregon’s TACT operation took place in the Tigard area. The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office patrolled this stretch of I-5 and issued warnings and tickets to car and truck operators driving aggressively and violating traffic laws.

Oregon’s commercial vehicle safety inspections are not random. Using several sorting tools, including weigh-station records, safety records and information in national databases, ODOT can scrutinize the vehicle and driver.

For more information about ODOT Motor Carrier’s safety efforts visit http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/MCT.

 

  • Marty Marsh

    I love this stuff,but if I start commenting I will be here all day so I will give you the short version.
    DOLLARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! or is that DOLLARS??????????

  • jonp

    Actions such as these are being used to justify EOBR’s. When 26% of drivers and equipment, although it does not go into what the infractions are, are placed out of service you can see that companies and drivers are doing this to themselves. The days of wild running with 3 logbooks are over. Companies and drivers need to realize this.

  • John

    These States are heavily into logging. I would like to know how many of these are loggers and how many are OTR/Local. I can’t see that many drivers being that far out that they are getting caught. I’m willing to bet a great majority of these are Loggers. Last time I was in Oregon they even pull in pickups with trailers. How many were farmers or people that don’t even drive?

  • Dejanh

    You are right but i do not run 3 log books and I am a safe driver, why do I need EOBR? Point is, we as drivers are bringing this to outselves by keeping out mouth shut ang going along with anything that the government does…

  • Just Jim

    I think it’s embarrassing that so many trucks and drivers are in violation. No one is perfect, but we’re trained and paid to be professional, to be in compliance. I am concerned that the drivers reading this article are not the drivers in violation, the Cowboys who hold on to the old, unsuccessful myths of being an OTR driver. “taking little white pills,” “dodging the scales,” all that garbage. Get into the modern world, do it right, be professional. If you need more money, become a lawyer or something.

  • ExplEngineer

    You are quite right, you most probably are not the problem. However, from my observations these statistics are typical nationwide. What I question is the resistance to EOBR’s from righteous drivers. It essentially lifts a large part of the administrative duties from your shoulders, eliminate long delays when enhanced enforcement is in effect, and like virtually everything else today, it is a cost, but what is ignored is that improved safety records and monitoring can offset these costs by reduced insurance premiums. But, unfortunately the primary driving force behind EOBR (no pun intended) are the remaining drivers with 3 logbooks that for whatever reason do not believe that they can make a decent living running legally and they MUST be removed from the road for the safety of all, from motorcycle and 4-wheel operators to permitted oversize-load specialty carriers. As that song goes “The times they are a-changing”.

  • Don Lanier

    Im a safe driver, and I dont want EOBRS, I dont think this is a National issue, if it were the EOBR wouldnt be involved in a huge fight, As one driver said many Logging operations are out that way, Chipper trucks, Log Haulers, Heavy equipment movers, But they SHOULD be doing there logs, Obviously the State patrol knew that they werent, so they paid the price and Ill bet many a driver lost his job, I dont need a blck box to tell me when and where to drive, this isnt rocket science you add the time and subtract the time and you know exactly whats left, Maybe its MATH COURSES that should be given, Log Book 101….

    Id say 85% of the vehicles out there stopped were some sort of Logging truck trying to get 7-8-9 loads in a day since they are paid by the load.

  • david

    im a good driver too but im a local driver. an eobr would hurt me more than anything else…if something happens that i get stuck at a shipper or receiver and im running late getting back to the city it would suck to have to sleep in my truck when im only 15 to 30 mins from my house. i dont think it would be right to force someone like me to have to sleep in the truck when i dont have too.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Christenbury/100000000543878 Michael Christenbury

    The problem with EOBR’s is the fact that companies can use them to harass a driver that is taking a break because they are worn out, but still have hours left and the expense for small companies and owner operators that are on a very tight budget due to the economy.

  • Jeff Bristow

    The first day I am required to use an EOBR is the last day I drive a truck. I’ll gladly take up aq new career saying “Hi, Welcome to Walmart” before I allow a piece of electronics to tell me I can’t go home to my family.

  • http://www.facebook.com/david.rodgers.169 David Rodgers

    been running e-logs for four years now. I run all 48 and most troopers/DOT don’t even look at my QC. If they do they want to see if I have hours for the day to drive. As a flatbedder I have more enroute inspections to do, like every 150 miles or 3 hours, whcich ever comes first! Sometimes it is 180 miles before I can do this! And if you do not do at least 5 minutes on our system it does not show up on the OD line. It is recorded at the terminal though with the time and place. Have not been challenged on this yet!
    Flatbedders have it rough. On top of the trlr inspection we have so many securement regulations. It is getting really stupid out here.

  • THROWBACK

    Quit Whining,Standup and Shut them down ! Or….Bend over and take it like a LIBERAL!!! HEHEHE

  • wayne

    I’m glad I am no longer driving truck, seeing this story. I realy feel for the ones trying to do the right thing. One thing this states are going to find is when that e-log says shut down for the night it dos not care where you are. You will have to shut down, even if you are down town hicks ville. The local cops can not make you move. Lets see how that will go over.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000549433990 Rich Allen

    26%?!!! Thanks a lot you idiots! It’s people like you who can’t do a log book correctly who are making the electronic logs a mandatory thing. Now instead of getting home, or to a comfortable place to park, we’ll be on the ramp wishing we could go 20 more miles and get a shower and a hot meal. Everyone placed out of service for log violations can kiss my @$$ for messing it up for everybody!!

  • Rich Kruml

    The solution to this crap is log everything and I mean everything…Then when you run out of hours refuse to move the truck for any reason till you get more hours
    Oxygen trucks hauling to hospitals would be a good place to start. Then all the tankers.

  • charlie

    there aren`t enough truck drivers now to cover the jobs available so when this is all said and done and we run out everything we need to exist because a truck is stuck on a dock because of the BOX. Maybe everyone pulling the strings in big trucking and in washington will realize that we are capable of doing a job without them telling us how, when and where…It`s time they started talking to actual drivers about the problems and needs instead of some fat arse trying to make a buck from what we do…

  • mousekiller

    EOBR’s are for only one thing. Control. I have been trucking for over 40 years and I do it safely.
    I do not need some 20 year old dope smoking boob telling me how do my job.
    Soon , very soon it will be mandated Because drivers and small carriers do not stay in contact with the elected officials telling them how it will negatively effect their business and every carrier will be required to install them because of the lack of communication.
    Yes, there will be exceptions to the rule if your a big carrier with millions of dollars to spend.
    Who ever controls the transportation industry controls the country.

  • Marty Marsh

    Why don’t you tell us how much money they actually took in,because we know that is what this is about.They are trying to make robots out of people when they know you can’t regulate rest,unless there is money in it.

  • chazz1
  • Dale Setzer

    all of you “Bush Period”folks can thank The last bush for EOBR .He and also for this crap about your phsyical’s that are going to either cost you your job ,Or cost you big bucks to keep it.Better start fighting and writing to all the boy’s in washington.we can make them back off,but not if we just chat about it.

  • Steve Winder

    Wow, 3 log books It would be nice if a driver could fill out one page right let alone keeping track of 3. You know if we gave them what they want.The F.M.C.S.A It wouldn’t take no time at all to see a buckle somewhere. When I first started driving I made 22 cents a mile,. I had no clue you could get 2 plus amile average both ways.at a minimum. Or hot loads for 4 -5 a mile. They don’t teach you that working for the big guys. I have been on my own for about 6 years been through at least 50 drivers. Making great money. I just think the issue here is the need to pony up and reconize that we are professionals. That will kick the rate up. These senior drivers, not a mark on there record. Running the same way everyone should run. When they get fed up and stop running. That’s where it will begin. These younger drivers not that we don’t need them they help in this too. If we just took the time, especially us independant drivers. And just say not to the freight prices they want to move things at. It wont take but a few days. To have a few people perk right up and take notice. You know how it is when your in an area rich in freight, you call the shots then right. It can work the same way on the short end just say no. Or make damn sure you go in with a high enough rate to take something light. Run a partial. Know what your bottom line is before you go in an area scarce on good rates. It may take 5 -6 time saying no. I know we all have to work. What I recommend is while your waiting for a load, even if you have one. call on some loads. Most of those brokers are basically going for bench mark freight rate. So they can take more Let them know there is no way you can pull it for that, You could have a load already. They don’t know that just play the game. If played well and all of us were playing it. They would have only one other choice. Shipper to Carrier they should be doing that now anyway as easy as it is. They know what they have been paying. You could split the 25% and ad 12.5% to your bottom line. Be safe out there. I read where a guy needs to be home. Use the CSA to your advantage if your record is spotless. Make sure it is writing. tell them you need to be home and still make what your making. CSA is creating the professional driver. We are alreadyin position I can see it coming the perfect storm. If they disqualify and the eobr’s at the same time. It will be good to be independent. By the way I know most of you all knew this. It was for the ones who didn’t know,

  • Brian

    I would suggest the 14 hour rule has had more impact on highway safety then the proposed over priced EOBR devices. This is nothing more then a wind fall for Qualcomm who owns the computer program being forced upon the already most scrutinized and cash strapped industry in the world in the name of safety. Give me a break. What will EOBR’s do for safety that paper and video won’t. Don’t believe it next time you go by gas or grocery’s or just a simple pop look up your on camera look at your receipt geez look at the camera on the street light you have been what i call TIME STAMPED. Every movement of every person in the world has been time stamped several times a day your movements tracked on paper and video and even on the internet. Those movements are available for all law enforcement to see at a click of a touch pad in there patrol cars or weigh station with nothing more then a request with a simple phone call. Forcing 500,000 small company’s to first spend millions to outfit there trucks and then to add thousands monthly for satalite air time with Qualcomm is crazy when every movement is already monitored every piece of paper every video time stamped. I find it peculiar that DOT officers say there not permitted to use the data from EOBR’s for roadside weigh station inspections because of all the different time zones yet the push for it. I see that Oregon and Washington did not have any problem finding issues with paper logs I wonder if they would have been able to find the same violations with a device they can not use and is still open to human error.

  • Bian

    Stop 20 miles early get the same thing i have driven for 25 years its not rocket sience i dont have a problem running legal

  • http://www.facebook.com/michael.mitchell.33865 Michael Mitchell

    Before looking at the big 26%, you need to really read what they said. This is 26% of the targeted/filtered traffic was put OOS. “Oregon’s commercial vehicle safety inspections are not random. Using
    several sorting tools, including weigh-station records, safety records
    and information in national databases, ODOT can scrutinize the vehicle
    and driver.”

    In reality, 26% of the targeted inspections is more than likely less than 5% of the total CMV’s in Oregon.

OverdriveOnline.com strives to maintain an open forum for reader opinions. Click here to read our comment policy.