e-log shift

Use DataQs to contest 395.8(a) violations written for not having an ELD prior to April 1

If you incurred a 395.8(a) prior to April 1 simply for not having an ELD record and you were keeping paper logs, challenge it through the FMCSA DataQs process to remove it from carrier records.

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Not so calm before the ELD storm

Results of the ELD “soft enforcement” period have proved less than gentle for some owner-operators. There’s also evidence of other unresolved issues as the gate opens April 1 for issuing out-of-service orders.

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ELD mandate enforcement, by state

Updating shorter lists that ran in January, this map shows states that have confirmed their ELD-mandate enforcement intentions ahead of April 1, whether they will not be writing citations or leaving it up to the individual inspector.

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Some states aren’t enforcing the ELD mandate yet simply because they can’t

Some states won’t be writing citations or tickets for non compliance with the ELD mandate because, legally, they can’t.

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ELD mandate meets reality

Increasingly, mandated ELDs are highlighting inadequacies of the hours of service rule. But "rules are rules," note watchers. Regarding the wiggle room that drivers enjoyed with paper logs, there is no quick tweaking of hours today in the cards that would restore that unofficial flexibility.

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ELDs put spotlight on the detention quagmire

The uncertainty around detention timing in live-load/-unload situations is perhaps the biggest potential problem for drivers and carriers using ELDs. It’s also one in which ELDs may be the best tool for combatting the issue, to the benefit of drivers and fleets.

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Dealing with hours violations beyond your control in ELDs

Recording hours with ELDs: State and federal law enforcement officials urge drivers to practice blunt honesty in special cases, using annotations on duty statuses and status changes to explain the situation in detail. In many cases, officer leniency could prevail.

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Will enforcement use ELD data for purposes beyond hours of service?

Some in the industry have worried ELD data would be used at roadside or by compliance-review auditors to uncover violations other than hours infractions. If it is, it will be a violation of Congressional directive.

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ELDs: What to expect from enforcement as the mandate descends

As of Dec. 18, states and their federal truck enforcement partners will begin issuing violations and citations, in some cases with fines, to those subject to the electronic logging device mandate who aren’t using e-logs. Practices will vary considerably for log checks with those devices.

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ELD compliance guide: The spec’s your unit needs and a full chart of suppliers

From Overdrive's in-depth report to ELD compliance: The basic spec's required of devices -- and a list of the suppliers and their units' key features.

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