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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 to Know About the ELD Mandate

Oct 25, 2022 3:37:32 PM / by Mike Riegel posted in ELDs, Logbook, FMCSA

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The ELD mandate was introduced in December 2017, requiring all commercial motor vehicles to keep their Hours of Service (HOS) logs electronically. This was a huge shift from the old way of keeping track of HOS logs using paper logbooks. Years into the ELD mandate, there is still some confusion on what it is, who is exempt, what is required to be collected, and what restrictions are placed on manufactures.

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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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