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4 big driver violations (and how to avoid them)

The CVSA’s International Roadcheck 2018 is just around the corner. The 72-hour inspection blitz will take place from June 5 to June 7, and this year, the special focus will be on hours-of-service compliance.

Last year, the special focus was on cargo securement. 15.7% CMVs were placed out-of-service due to violations related to cargo securement. On the other hand, 32.3% drivers were placed out-of-service due to hours-of-service violations.

According to the CVSA President Capt. Christopher Turner of the Kansas Highway Patrol, “The top reason drivers were placed out of service during 2017 International Roadcheck was for hours-of-service violations.”

He also added, “Although the electronic logging device rule that went into effect on Dec. 18 does not change any of the underlying hours-of-service rules or exceptions, the ELD mandate placed a spotlight on hours-of-service compliance. We thought this year would be a perfect opportunity to focus on the importance of the hours-of-service regulations.”

To help you prepare for Roadcheck 2018, we are going to take a quick look at some of the biggest hours-of-service and other driver violations and how to avoid them.

1. False logs

Falsification of logs is a critical violation that can put drivers out-of-service. The violation has a severity weight of 7. Moreover, the average fine for false log violations is approximately $9,162, whereas the top recorded fine is $137,060.

During Roadcheck 2017, 11.3% drivers were placed out-of-service because of falsified log books.

2. No record of duty status

According to the FMCSA’s regulations (395.8a), a motor carrier must require each of its drivers to record the driver’s duty status for each 24-hour period. If a carrier fails to do so, it is considered a critical violation with a severity weight of 5 out of 10.

The violation has an average fine of $2,867. The top fine for this violation is $13,680.

If a driver is not exempt from the ELD mandate, he/she will require an FMCSA-compliant electronic logging device to record the duty status.

3. Operating past 14 hours on duty

According to the FMCSA’s hours-of-service rules, “a driver may drive only during a period of 14 consecutive hours after coming on duty following 10 consecutive hours off duty. The driver may not drive after the end of the 14-consecutive-hour period without first taking 10 consecutive hours off duty.”

If a driver operates past 14 hours on duty, that is considered a critical violation of 395.3(a)(2). The average fine for this violation is $7,322.

4. Driving over 60/70 hours in 7/8 days

According to 395.3(b), a motor carrier should not permit or require a driver to drive after being on duty for 60 hours in any period of 7 consecutive days or after being on duty for 70 hours in any period of 8 consecutive days.

Violating 395.3(b) is considered a critical violation with a severity weight of up to 7 points and an average fine of $4,787. The top recorded fine for violating 395.3(b) is $21,780.


How to avoid these driver violations?

All these violations can be easily avoided with the help of an FMCSA-compliant electronic logging device. ELDs can inform drivers of upcoming hours-of-service violations with timely alerts.

For example, the KeepTruckin ELD keeps track of a driver’s hours-of-service and notifies him/her whenever a violation is approaching.

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Hunbbel Meer

Hunbbel covers industry trends as a writer and researcher for KeepTruckin. His goal is to help fleets understand how to use KeepTruckin's products and features so they can improve safety, efficiency, and compliance.

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