Falsifying Logs Can Land You In Jail.

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Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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Here is some legal news.

Safety violations can lead to criminal penalties.

Very interesting.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Thanks, Scott, for bringing this point out.

It's true, a lot of drivers might think that driver Out Of Service is all there is for common FMCSR violations. But there's more to it.

Also, often on TT we read "my dispatcher made me drive while over weight limit/out of hours/etc." Here what the author, a lawyer, says about that:

I recommend that drivers simply refuse to drive in violation of any commercial vehicle safety regulation. If they do refuse to violate an FMCSR, then they have legal protection against retaliation by the carrier, and they also avoid the possibility of criminal prosecution.

Dispatcher:

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.

Fm:

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.
Don's Comment
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This right here. Do not let dispatchers/company coerce you into doing something illegal that will cost YOU if you do it. I can't count how many times I have been told, "this is a hot load and it has to get there!" Or, "owe, we will pay your overweight fine if you are stopped", etc.. Oh well, someone else with the hours will need to run it."

Thanks, Scott, for bringing this point out.

It's true, a lot of drivers might think that driver Out Of Service is all there is for common FMCSR violations. But there's more to it.

Also, often on TT we read "my dispatcher made me drive while over weight limit/out of hours/etc." Here what the author, a lawyer, says about that:

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I recommend that drivers simply refuse to drive in violation of any commercial vehicle safety regulation. If they do refuse to violate an FMCSR, then they have legal protection against retaliation by the carrier, and they also avoid the possibility of criminal prosecution.

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Dispatcher:

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.

Fm:

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.
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