First DOT inspection.

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by Chris M., Jul 9, 2020.

  1. Chris M.

    Chris M. Light Load Member

    May 27, 2010
    Tater State
    So I just had my first DOT inspection sense the ELD mandate. I passed no issues but it raised my brow. When the enforcement officer asked for my logs ( KeepTruckin ) he wanted to send the logs in, problem was the way he wanted to send it wasn’t there. He said I wasn’t in ELD mode, not true as I checked before I left and it was. But he claimed I must have a pre-2000 motor and handed the phone back and continued the inspection. So my question is does DOT have a way of telling in a legitimate fashion of the manufactured year of the motor? I know my motor is newer than 2000.
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  3. Rubber duck kw

    Rubber duck kw Road Train Member

    Dec 9, 2017
    A quick look at the tag on the engine tells you when it was built, maybe it was just too much work to check today in the heat.
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  4. Chris M.

    Chris M. Light Load Member

    May 27, 2010
    Tater State
    Ahh I never thought of that. Most newer motors have them but I do know my motor doesn’t have one. Blew off it or something. I have it wrote down in the jocky box tho.
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  5. Accidental Trucker

    Accidental Trucker Road Train Member

    Jun 4, 2015
    "must have a pre-2000 motor"

    Translation: I can't figure it out, not going to look stupid by admitting it, sure as heck not going to let my boss find out I don't know what I'm supposed to know, so today is your lucky day, I'm going to pretend it's not there....
  6. D.Tibbitt

    D.Tibbitt Road Train Member

    Apr 26, 2013
    Do u have an "inspection mode" on ur logs ? Whenever getting inspected thats the mode u need to put it in. Because it only gives them the required information. Otherwise they can look at all kinds of ####
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  7. danny23tx

    danny23tx Road Train Member

    Feb 16, 2016
    I pulled my phone out put it in Inspection mode , walked the officer through the log and showed him how it works . He said wow you know the ends and outs of this thing . Passed Inspection , he did minimal inspection and sent me on my way. Keeptruckin is pretty good.
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  8. Hulld

    Hulld Road Train Member

    Oct 19, 2015
    Upstate NY
    The problem might be that he wanted them sent thru the dot web site to his particular dot inspector ID # ?
    As far as the rule goes there are three ways to transfer logs.
    1 A transfer from your device to the dot web site to their dot inspector ID# (This is their easiest and go to method)
    2 thru a usb encrypted device supplied by the dot inspector
    3 thru a secure Bluetooth connection supplied by the dot officer
    If you don’t have the capability to transfer to the dot site they are required to use one of the other methods.
    Most of the dot officials only have the dot web site transfer method to use and no other capability.
    With this being said if you are ready and able to transfer via USB or Bluetooth and the DOT official doesn't have the capability to receive it it is totally on them.
    When this situation occurs Some officials have been trying to write failure to transfer violations but they are not standing up when challenged.
    This information was given to me by our local NYS police commercial enforcement officer here in NY.
  9. singlescrewshaker

    singlescrewshaker Road Train Member

    Dec 31, 2017
    Palmgetto, FL
  10. Oakland Raiders Forever

    Oakland Raiders Forever Light Load Member

    Feb 24, 2020
    Keep voting for more people that tell you the government has to fix it.

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  11. Lazer

    Lazer Light Load Member

    Jan 22, 2017
    All the times that I have been stopped, and the trooper asked to see my logs, I handed him the Qualcomm, and every time they answered ‘that’s ok , I don’t need to see it’.
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