Falsifying logs

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  1. Littledreamer2224

    Littledreamer2224 Bobtail Member

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    I am a DOT compliance coordinator that was hired to be a consultant for a trucking company.
    I have recently discovered that the trucking company has some of their drivers logging off duty under their own name and logging in under a different account, such as a supervisor account or the dummy "Unknown Mechanic" account because the driver is exceeding their hours whether it's their on-duty hours or their period hours. I clearly know this is illegal. Where do I find the repercussions and The potential finds the company could face and the driver could face if this was caught? What are the repercussions in general for falsifying logs in such a way?
     
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  3. Catmando

    Catmando Medium Load Member

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    WHAT!!!!!.... Driver's falsifying logs ????... Never heard of such a thing
    More power to them .. I love creative thinking.. thats what built this country
     
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  4. Cattleman84

    Cattleman84 Road Train Member

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    There can be some pretty hefty fines for a company that allows this to take place...

    I know a guy that owned a small trucking company years ago. They got caught doing basicly this same thing on paper logs. A couple drivers would sometimes use his name on a second log book. They got caught in an audit... The inspector discovered that the owner was supposedly in CO driving, but was somehow able to sign paychecks in ID at the same time. I cant remember what kind of fines they got hit with, but I do remember that he said it was several thousands of dollars.
     
  5. Littledreamer2224

    Littledreamer2224 Bobtail Member

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    Except for the fact that we are due for an audit and this will hit the drivers really hard, it will hit the motor carrier pretty hard and it will hit me as the DOT compliance coordinator. I am trying to find out what the repercussions are so I can address this with the motor carrier and hopefully help prevent the drivers from getting fined and charges pressed on them for falsifying logs. I realized this seems to be the norm, but I don't want to be part of it as this was not anything I dealt with at my last job.
     
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  6. Littledreamer2224

    Littledreamer2224 Bobtail Member

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    I think that's what worries me and why some of the drivers has brought it to my attention because they don't want to get fined And there's got to be a way to work around it without falsifying the logs and that's what I'm trying to helpfully find out so I can address it with the motor carrier to stop this practice.
     
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  7. Kyle G.

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    Why would a trucking company hire a compliance consultant if they clearly have no intentions of being compliant?
     
  8. Littledreamer2224

    Littledreamer2224 Bobtail Member

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    I have been questioning the same thing. I honestly think part of the reason they even have a DOT compliance person in this position is to make them look good and to place blame elsewhere when it catches up with them, and that's what scares me because I'm that catch all. I've only been their consultants since early May, and they've had others doing the job prior and from the sounds of it some of the stuff they've been doing they didn't know was wrong, and some of the stuff they've been doing they knew is right but supposedly said it was okay by previous DOT managers. All I know is that I am currently looking for another job but in the meantime I am fighting my hardest to protect my drivers but I've got to get all the information together so I can present it to the motor carrier and show them how this is going to hit them financially since it seems that's only way they're going to care about what they're doing.
     
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  9. Catmando

    Catmando Medium Load Member

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    They hired you because they knew there was gonna be a $@'! storm coming ..
    Their gonna use you as their escape goat... Even Ray Charles could see that hand wrightting on the wall
     
  10. Littledreamer2224

    Littledreamer2224 Bobtail Member

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    Yep, I think you might be right and that's why I've been looking for another job in the meantime. I just got to figure out what I can do until I find something.
     
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  11. Magoo1968

    Magoo1968 Medium Load Member

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    I know my last company had drivers cheating on paper by small amounts of time when needed. They were fined over 100 k because they were warned the previous audit . Any more violations they were going to be suspended. They fired a few drivers who wouldn’t shape up and suspended anyone over on hours . It took 3 years but they are now back in the good book with inspectors. I believe the first time the fine was around 50 k due to numerous guys cheating.
     
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