Sorry to get off-topic here. (That's why I bumped the last post up again.)
Mike, in your experience, do you believe that some/many drivers get busted simply because of the complexity of the rules, particularly HOS? I've spent a fair amount of time reading regs and, mercy Percy, those things can get reeeeeeaaaaaaal confusing.
Driver TO Dispatch?
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There are some segements that have some issues to contend with, i.e. local and team operations; however, many drivers know how to manipulate the HOS to their benefit.
I've long suspected the logs kept in the truck are not the logs turned into the company. This has been substantiated many times when a driver was placed OOS for HOS violations; however, when the logs are reviewed at the carrier there is no violation. Now it becomes an investigation to identify possible false logs.
The original poster claims Meyer Trucking, Inc. in California is a good outfit to work for. Perhaps he can explain why the carrier's driver SEA score is 82.94%. Many of the drivers are being placed OOS for 11/14, 70 hour and false log violations. Perhaps the poster can brief us on what training they offer the driver to avoid HOS violations.
When you get to the link click on the "Driver" tab and select "All OOS Violations" from the center area.
1. No logs
2. False logs
3. 11 hour
4. 14 hour
5. 60/70 hour
6. No supporting documentation
All of the critical and acute cites are listed in Appendix B to Part 385:
An acute violation = 1 of 1 or 1 of 1,000 it doesn't matter
A critical vilation has two thresholds:
1. A pattern, i.e. 2 of 100
2. 10% of the records checked, i.e. 21 of 210
For DOT medical cards the FMCSA may review 8 DQ files, while 1 of 8 is more than 10%; however, it is not a pattern; therefore, to reach the critical threshold you would have to have 2 of 8.
For logs the FMCSA may check 5 drivers for 30 days each = 150 records
The manditory EOBR rule takes affect June 1, 2012:
I would want to know why am I not be promoted to show my new position. Of course is it's alway the money. I would think the responsibility of dispatch should mean more money, after all that is why we do what we do.
eg, technically, if you drive one day in 2 months outside 100 miles you must maintained a log.
But really he could let you go logless until you drive again.
The company needs to clarify your job. Dispatcher/safety/ driver is absurd.
Like others said though, keeping the log up is no big deal. You are getting paid to work and that's pretty darn easy work. Worst scenario is someone can steal your pen!
I take it you are in the makings of a dispatcher. Keep your nose clean and maintain a low profile. There is alot of eyes in an office. Be happy whatever they assign you and show a strong interest and you'll have your foot in the door for more promotions. Good Luck!
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