FMCSA investigation due to ELD violations? What to expect?

Discussion in 'Trucking Industry Regulations' started by dztruck, Apr 27, 2021.

  1. Magoo1968

    Magoo1968 Light Load Member

    Mar 18, 2021
    St Malo mb
    A overdrive article popped up in my Twitter today certain things are a felony like incorrectly using personal conveyance to drive more apparently.
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  3. Dynames

    Dynames Medium Load Member

    Apr 13, 2016
    Here, There and Yonder
    So what is your stance when HOS regulations are lifted during emergency declarations?
  4. Ridgeline

    Ridgeline Road Train Member

    Dec 18, 2011
    Dude, I know you are not talking about me but here is a problem with this getting things done thing, you must never have talked to someone who worked before HOS were forced onto the industry, because if you knew what they went through, then you could not make such a bad statement.

    HOS were created and forced on this industry to stop the abuse of the drivers that were taking place in the 30’s (it should have happened in 1934), and in many situations, drivers were driving so much out of fear of losing their job that they lost their lives and many cases killing innocent people because they were so fatigued that they were hallucinating, if you ever had serious sleep deprivation, you will understand how that happens.

    times haven’t changed, the human body hasn’t either and those who worked under the last good iteration of HOS from the 60’s knew what they were for, safety and abuse prevention.

    Those who started driving in the part 25 years seem to be the most ignorant to what this was all about, they keep thinking that they can do what they want and the government has been interfering with their ability to run their truck as they want to is tiring when they don’t get this isn’t about them but the idiots who think they have to listen to the company no matter what and end up killing someone.
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  5. Badmon

    Badmon Medium Load Member

    Oct 6, 2014
    Deep south
    You dont understand. No one is forcing me to run how i run...
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  6. God prefers Diesels

    God prefers Diesels Road Train Member

    Jun 26, 2020
    South Texas
    @ZVar has said many a time "I don't agree with it, but those are the regs". So maybe put away the tape measure for a minute.

    This industry is composed of 99% sheep that will do whatever TF they're told by dispatch. Soften the regs, and it will go back to the way it used to be - "You can keep driving, or I'll hire one of these guys standing in line that will."
  7. lglavish

    lglavish Bobtail Member

    Dec 29, 2011
    You’ll likely be put on a probation and there’s certainly a chance that your rating could be moved from satisfactory to conditional. That alone can affect your ability to get loads from certain brokers.
    Going forward you need to immediately stop violating the law. If you’re only an hour out and you run out of hours then you need to park it and get home in the morning- no exceptions ever.
    If you were to get in an accident- even if it was a drunk driver hitting you it’s quite possible that you can do prison time. Because if you’d been obeying the law then you wouldn’t have been on that piece of road and subsequently the other driver wouldn’t have hit you.
    The time to stop cheating is over.
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  8. Accidental Trucker

    Accidental Trucker Road Train Member

    Jun 4, 2015
    I can share a little bit of our own experience. We ran a one truck operation at the time, and the driver got put OOS,the day after getting the trailer DOT’d, for a cracked rim. Fast forward a month, and he gets put OOS for not having the previous 7 days of his log book — he just came back from a 10 day vacation. Stupid, but crap happens. Had another write up for brakes out of adjustment in the same year.

    Next thing we know, we get audited. Auditor comes in, we hand him a binder with everything in it, including redone DOT’s on the equipment that was put OOS, the logging software we trained the driver on, rather than using paper, and the updated maintenance program. He found a couple of little things, but his attitude went from negative to positive within 30 minutes, and I credit us being pro-active and addressing things as they had come up. No negative consequences from the audit, but now I’m a bit of a compliance nazi because of it.
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  9. Ridgeline

    Ridgeline Road Train Member

    Dec 18, 2011
    This is the most important thing to do, I don’t get why others don’t get it.
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  10. ZVar

    ZVar Road Train Member

    Sep 10, 2010
    Flint, MI
    Because they don't treat it like a business. All they see is "Oh look, I'm an o/o. I'm a big boy now!" and refuse to see that they are, in fact, a business and need to treat it as such.The good thing is people like that tend not to last long. They either realize they are in fact running a business, or they go out of business.
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  11. dztruck

    dztruck Light Load Member

    Feb 22, 2017
    Thanks, i actually think the months he requested i had no violations. But im sure he’ll find something that i was doing wrong. Missing paperworks or something. This is actually motivating me to just do everything right and have good record keeping habits. Crossing my fingers hoping i don’t get any big fines.
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