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What is a Logbook?

Nov 22, 2022 8:41:52 PM / by Jacquelyn Pack posted in Electronic logging device, ELDs, Logbook, Hours of Service, HOS, Personal Conveyance

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Truck drivers have been using records of duty status (RODS) for over eighty years now. In the past, drivers would fill out a physical logbook for their RODS. But nowadays this is done with an electronic logbook since it can keep better track of your data and hours-of-service (HOS) rules. 

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The Unsafe Driving Violations BASIC

Oct 30, 2022 9:59:46 PM / by Mike Riegel posted in Logbook, HOS

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The Unsafe Driving Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Category (BASIC) is one of seven categories that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) uses to determine how a motor carrier ranks relative to other carriers with a similar number of safety events (i.e., inspections, violations, or crashes). This is used to determine a carrier's CSA score.

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The Hours of Service Violations Basic

Oct 30, 2022 8:26:49 PM / by Mike Riegel posted in Logbook, HOS

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The Hours of Service Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Category (BASIC) is one of seven categories that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) uses to determine how a motor carrier ranks relative to other carriers with a similar number of safety events (i.e., inspections, violations, or crashes). This is used to determine a carrier's CSA score.

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What is Personal Conveyance and How Far Can You Drive On It?

Oct 17, 2022 2:35:26 PM / by Jacquelyn Pack posted in Safety, Well Being, FMCSA, Hours of Service, HOS, Personal Conveyance

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Personal conveyance can be helpful when used correctly, from finding a safe haven or getting a bite to eat. It is important to your hours of service records that you properly log your time. However, your carrier may wonder what the limits are and if you have a say in it when it comes to your policies. Being able to use personal conveyance is an ELD requirement that you should know about.

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What are the ELD requirements?

Oct 10, 2022 10:14:46 AM / by Mike Riegel posted in Electronic logging device, ELDs, Logbook, DOT, HOS

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ELDs or "electronic logging devices" are devices that are required for most commercial motor vehicle drivers to keep their records of duty status (RODS) electronically for their hours-of-service (HOS) logbooks. The FMCSA published the ELD mandate back in December 2017 with strict guidelines on how electronic logging devices have operate in order to be certified for industry use. This guide will help you understand what ELD providers must do under the ELD mandate to be compliant with the FMCSA.

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