Elog Review By DOT

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Bill I.'s Comment
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A couple of months ago I was stopped by Texas DOT and after asking for the normal stuff the officer asked me if I knew how to email my elogs. He seemed surprised when I said that I did. He gave me an email address and I sent the information. He then asked if I had elog cheat sheet and I showed it to him. Two officers went over the logs and in conversation, I was informed that in two weeks they issued many tickets because drivers did not know how to email (fax or otherwise send) the elogs and more didn't have the cheat sheet. I called my manager and he informed me that three of our drivers had already received tickets. I looked in three trucks when I arrived back at the yard and there was no cheat sheet in them so I stopped looking. When I called safety they stated they were working on it and I informed them this was an urgent issue that needs resolving now. I got the manager to copy my cheat sheet and placed one in every truck. Many issues ultimately fall on a driver, even though a company has a responsibility, but it does not matter when a DOT officer is writing out a ticket. The CSA 2010 score will reflect on the company for two years and the driver for three. The next morning when I logged in there was an urgent safety message with an explanation on how to forward elogs when requested. I found that many drivers did not know they could forward the logs to their own email address. I just thought I would post this for general information or for new drivers.

Elog:

Electronic Onboard Recorder

Electronic Logbook

A device which records the amount of time a vehicle has been driven. If the vehicle is not being driven, the operator will manually input whether or not he/she is on duty or not.

Elogs:

Electronic Onboard Recorder

Electronic Logbook

A device which records the amount of time a vehicle has been driven. If the vehicle is not being driven, the operator will manually input whether or not he/she is on duty or not.

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Old School's Comment
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Everything Bill said is true. Just for clarification about the "cheat sheet," he's referring to the requirements of the ELD mandate. It is required that you have some written instructions in the truck with you on how to operate your particular system. Those directions should include instructions on how to present your logs to the officer during a roadside inspection.

I work for a large company and we've had these same issues.

Welcome to our forum Bill, and thanks for posting some great information!

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Jamie's Comment
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It's good to know, I work for Schneider and during training they told us how to do this and we could even email them to ourselves if we wanted too. Also mentioned like you did that you can get a ticket for not having the cheat sheet.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Perhaps someone with the technical ability can post a screen shot of both sides of the cheat sheet for everyone to see and confirm that we have one. This is good info, Bill, thanks

G-Town's Comment
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Bruce wrote:

Perhaps someone with the technical ability can post a screen shot of both sides of the cheat sheet for everyone to see and confirm that we have one.

It’s advisable to also discuss this with your driver leader/fleet manager. Each company may have a proprietary process plus the potential for different e-log technology.

Fleet Manager:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Jamie's Comment
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Perhaps someone with the technical ability can post a screen shot of both sides of the cheat sheet for everyone to see and confirm that we have one. This is good info, Bill, thanks

Schneider should have giving you one during orientation, at least they did at the West Memphis OC. I'll post a picture but I'm nice and comfy in my bed. rofl-3.gif

Tractor Man's Comment
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I just sent my last 8 days of logs to my email address. I am using a Qualcomm.

Go to Hours of Service.

Go to 8-Days tab

Click on Fax/Email

Enter your email address, or any other required email address.

Click send.

Mine showed up in my inbox in a matter of seconds.

Great post. Thanks for the info!

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Qualcomm:

Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.
Bruce K.'s Comment
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Jamie, my sheet says Omnnitracs Hours of Service DOT Quick Reference Card.

Kept in permit book

2 sided document

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Most large companies have already put the Cheat Sheet/Quick Reference Card/Cab Card into the permit book. Go look for it now.

The DOT officer probably won't suggest that you look for it, but if you know where it is, you, too, can surprise a DOT officer!

BTW, while you 're looking in the permit book, another gotcha is out of date permits. Check 'e all! The up-to-date permits are available at your nearest terminal.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Junkyard Dog's Comment
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I just sent my last 8 days of logs to my email address. I am using a Qualcomm.

Go to Hours of Service.

Go to 8-Days tab

Click on Fax/Email

Enter your email address, or any other required email address.

Click send.

Mine showed up in my inbox in a matter of seconds.

Great post. Thanks for the info!

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This is a great thread and I just did the same thing email to myself so I could do it. Never even heard of this before. No one address this during my orientation and in school we never dealt with e-logs just a good old paper logs. Another great bit of information for everyone.

Qualcomm:

Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.
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