The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) Roadcheck is coming up on June 5-7. Over that three day period, safety officials across North America will conduct inspections of commercial motor vehicles and drivers. Inspectors typically conduct the North American Standard Level-1 inspection, a 37-step procedure which includes driver and vehicle compliance with CSA safety regulations. This years focus will be on Hours of Service, although they will still inspect for other safety categories. Last year, 32% of drivers placed out of service were a result of HOS violations. This year, with the ELD mandate in effect, HOS will be a top concern.To help you keep your trucks active and avoid safety infractions, Convoy wants to share some ELD best practices. Tips to stay ELD compliant:
Ensure ELD’s are installed in all of your trucks and that the ELD is on the FMCSA’s list of registered ELDs. Each use must have their own account
Drivers and administrative staff should be trained to use the ELD and know how to:
Respond to unassigned driving hours in the ELD records
Record duty status changes
Edit, certify, and add notes to records
Access RODS data from the ELD
Review and understand the ELD printout/display information
Identify and correct or report data diagnostic issues and report ELD malfunctions
Remind drivers to log in or log out of their system to avoid unassigned driving events.
During an inspection drivers will need to know how to display and transfer data by email or bluetooth to safety officials when requested
Keep the following documents in the cab of the truck:
ELD User Manual
Instruction sheet for transferring HOS records to safety officials
Instruction sheet on reporting ELD malfunctions & recordkeeping procedures during ELD malfunctions
A supply of paper tracking forms (grid graphs) for at least 8 days, in case of ELD malfunction
ELD Solutions with KeepTruckin:To ensure you have the best solutions possible – Convoy’s ELD partner KeepTruckin has launched their Switching Gears program, which is designed to help carriers unhappy with their current provider switch to the #1 rated ELD solution. KeepTruckin will provide you with a buyout credit to help cover the cost of switching mid-contract.
Lorin developed a passion for logistics as a Captain in the US Army Transportation Corps and never looked back. He has spent his career engaged in various supply chain focused roles for both carriers and shippers, to include leading the North American Transportation Operations team at Starbucks. Lorin holds an MBA and a MS in Supply Chain Transportation and Logistics from the University of Washington, where he is on the advisory board of the Supply Chain Transportation and Logistics Center. He is currently the Director of Carrier Quality and Compliance for Convoy.