When undergoing compliance investigations, commercial trucking companies need to know what investigators look for before and during a DOT audit. This information will help them to prepare for and understand that investigators will continue to dig deep for falsified hours of service records even in the ELD world.

A commercial motor carrier’s failure to ensure that a driver’s hours of service (HOS) records are accurate remains a top violation—even in the world of electronic logging devices (ELDs). And Department of Transportation audits shows that the ELD mandate hasn’t stopped some truckers from falsifying their records.

According to Dave Osiecki, president and CEO of Scopelitis Transportation Consulting and a 34-year transportation industry veteran, trucking companies need to know what to prepare for and what to look out for while undergoing compliance investigations. Safety investigators refer to the Electronic Field Operations Training Manual (eFOTM), essentially the playbook for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and its state partners to conduct audits.

Specifically, investigators look for violations of the 11-hour, 14-hour, 60/70 weekly hour rules, and 30-minute rest break requirement during a DOT audit. They also check for unassigned driving miles, meaning miles in which the truck is moved, but no person logged into the ELD. They will also check for system malfunctions and data diagnostics noted in the ELD data to determine if there’s an impact on HOS compliance.

Read the full article by Cristina Commendatore to know what investigators look for before and during a DOT audit so you can prepare for and ensure that you have a successful compliance investigation. 

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