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Roadcheck 2016

Well, its that time again! International Roadcheck 2016. This year it is scheduled for June 7 to June 9. That’s a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, peak trucking days.

If you don’t know what this is, its a 72 hour period when the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance puts 10,000 inspectors across North America to inspect trucks and buses. This includes the FMCSA, the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administration and Mexico’s Secretary of Communications and Transportation. They use all areas of law enforcement for this safety blitz.

The focus of Roadcheck 2016 will be tires. Tire pressure, tread depth and anything else that can go wrong with a tire. Although the emphasis is tires, they can still do a complete inspection. They may be running your DOT number to see if there are issues, checking your Commercial Drivers License, pretty much anything is up for inspection.

Raodcheck 2016Read the news release here.Roadcheck 2016

Background Checks

Do you perform background checks on perspective employees? In some professions it is a requirement.

After the San Bernardino terror attacks in December 2015 , we were surprised to find out that the woman terrorist posted anti America rants on her Face Book page before she was granted a Visa to come in to the country.san bernardino terriorst attack

Read the LA Times story here!

The Department of Homeland Security is thinking about adding social media checking to background checks. We hope they think fast!

What about your business? Do you employ people that handle sensitive documents? Or employees that handle large sums of money? While a background check will show convictions of crimes, a search of the perspective employee’s Instagram, Twitter or Facebook account could turn up information that might make you reconsider your choices.

Compliance Associates, Inc. offers background checks that are complete, legal and can include social media. Give us a call and see how quick and affordable our background checks can be. 866-844-0661

Is It Possible to Edit Electronic Logs?

Can-you-edit-electronic-logsIs it possible to edit electronic logs? The answer is yes.

Although the FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) has yet to issue its final rule* on Electronic Logs they have issued regulatory guidelines concerning editing. According to the regulatory guidance, the driver must be allowed to correct errors, enter and annotate, and certify the accuracy. The exception is driving time. Since the electronic log senses movement and engine RPM and “turns itself on” to log miles using GPS, the driving time itself cannot be changed, but in the case of unassigned driver or team drivers mixed up, it can be corrected.

Read the rule in the Federal Register here.

I have blogged before about electronic logs, or as the FMCSA calls them, AOBRD for Automatic On-Board Recording Device,

Read that blog here.

*That final rule has been pushed back to October 30, 2015, but don’t get your hopes up, its been delayed before.

Electronic Logging

On March 13, 2014, the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration (FMCSA) proposed a rule requiring electronic logging for all 3 million interstate truck and bus drivers. 

On July 28, 2015 the rule was set to the White House for review. The electronic logging rule is set to be published on September 30, 2015. Estimates for the cost are somewhere in the $800. range per truck. The rule will allow about two years to complete the switch from paper logs. And there will be exceptions for short haul, maybe some others. We will update this story after the rule is published.

As a driver that has used electronic logging,I can speak with experience, they are not that bad. I used electronic logging for 2 years and found it to be easy after the initial learning curve. The system I worked with gave an alert when getting close to the end of the drive time, this was very helpful. This was in the late 90’s, so I am sure as fast as technology moves that the new systems will be very user friendly.

In an accident, the truck driver is always 10% responsible, automatically. Then it goes up from there. If there is a lawsuit, then attorneys start digging through receipts and log books. Their goal is to find a 15 minute error in the log book, so the lawyer can say, “this accident would not have happened if the driver had followed the rules” because the truck would not have been in that exact spot for the accident to happen. Electronic logs make it difficult to make a mistake. Being electronic based on GPS and the engine running, it seems that log book errors will be few.

Another component of the rule is a mute button. All electronic logging devices must be able to be muted. The worst thing is to be finally comfortable in the sleeper berth, ready to drift off to sleep and the thing beeps.

The market is full of electronic logging devices from an array of manufactures. Many of them sync to your smartphone making it simple to have and send copies of logs to dispatch, law enforcement or the payroll department.

Electronic logging is here to stay and its really not that scary.FMCSA Smartphone App