E-Logs Question

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Matt S.'s Comment
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If you get pulled over or selected for random inspection, how do you show the DOT or police officer your log? Does your Qualcomm have a printer or do you just let them in the cab to read off of a screen?

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.

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.

Bart's Comment
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In my experience they usually just want to see your graph. However make sure you put yourself in on duty status, dot inspection. Most of these units have a fax function where you give it their fax number and it faxes the info automatically. You can also just hand them the qualcom unit. They usually know how to use it.

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.

Jon R.'s Comment
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After 34 yrs driving & then in 2006 to 2011 I worked for a CDL school in caldwell id as an instructor , but never had any experience with E-logs until last week ...what an eye opener ...I've always used paper logs ,, then the E-logs maulfunctioned , and the safety dept violated me becuase the system didnt show me as taking my 1/2 hr off in my first 8 hrs . driving off . I did ! ...they shut me down , and put me behind schedule badly total of 36 hrs , and I'm only A casual driver ..

now the guy I'm working for now ( I'm casually just started " 2 runs " now a month ago ) for has 9 trucks (volvo's that has NO qualcom w/ elogs) ..and (15 - freightliner that has qualcom leased to D&D in gooding id) . what a mess ... after this fisaco ,, I firmly asked for him to keep me in the volvo's .. what is the best recourse I can do to keep straight on both paper & e-logs ??

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

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.

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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As you may already know you have to keep paper logs on the truck just in case the elogs stop working. While it may seem like a good idea at the time... DO NOT use Pape logs and elogs at the same exact time. That's dual log books and very very big trouble.

While you may have thought the elogs were working correctly at the end of each day you have to review your day logs and make sure it's correct. Once you approve your log and hit ok that is the same thing as signing a paper log. As much as you may not like it, it is your responsibility to make sure your logs are correct before approving them.

Now, while I do know for sure, what likely took place is at the end of the day you approved the logs and did not go back and check them to make sure it recorded everything cause you expected them to be correct cause there was no indication that they were not recoding your break. If that is the case then you have no recourse. Cause when you approved them you are saying that what the log shows is correct and accurate.

Now with that being said. Make sure you review the entire log for that day before you approve them at the end of your drive shift. Every driver must do this. If you find an error you must contact the log department as soon as you can and tell them what's going on. It's really the only way. Since the elogs don't know what you are doing you have to manually put yourself to off duty or sleep berth. It will not do it for you.

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.

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