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Marc's Safety Corner

Ask our expert, Marc Moncion, any questions you may have around fleet safety, compliance, DOT audits, roadside inspections or CSA scores. 

Ask our panel of experts, Marc, Guy and Brayn, any questions you may have around fleet safety, compliance, DOT audits, roadside inspections, CSA scores, or installation best practices.

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Dear Marc,

I am starting work for a new motor carrier. What is the best way to present my prior 7 days records of duty status?

 

Dear Reader,

A driver who is starting to work for a new motor carrier may present their prior 7 days’ records of duty status to the new carrier in a few different ways. To begin, section 395.8(j)(2) of Part 395 provides that a motor carrier, when using a driver for the first time or intermittently, shall obtain from the driver a signed statement giving the total time on duty during the immediately preceding 7 days, and the time at which the driver was last relieved from duty prior to beginning work for the new motor carrier.

A driver can also :

  • Print out their hours-of-service from the other motor carrier;
  • If operating with compatible devices the ELD data can be transferred between the motor carriers with the driver’s approval, or
  • Manually add the hours of service while operating for that motor carrier into the current ELD using the editing and annotation functions of the ELD. 

Finally, in order to ensure compliance at roadside, the driver should have these records in his/her possession to readily to surrender to DOT upon request. In the event of an audit, the motor carrier must retain these records for the previous 6 months.   

The above information is for informational purposes only, and should in no way be relied upon as legal advice.

  Mar 11, 2019     Marc Moncion

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Marc Moncion

Marc is the Head of Safety, Compliance & Regulatory Affairs at Fleet Complete. He is an author and industry subject matter expert who has worked in numerous senior transportation management roles for over 25 years, including an Inspector for the MTO. Marc sits on several Federal/State/provincial regulatory bodies and frequently provides commentary on emerging technology, best practices and regulatory affairs. In addition, Marc is a commercial driver's licence (CCD) holder and can drive all types of commercial vehicles in North America.

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Ask The Expert - Guy Broderick (Driver trainer)

 

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Guest Expert - APPS Transport Group

Guy is a Driver Recruiter/Training Supervisor and Social Media Specialist at APPS Transport Group. Certified under the WSIB guidelines and a member of JHSC, Guy is an integral force behind the company's impeccable driving record. The APPS Safety Team has achieved the highest rating of Commercial Vehicle Operator Registration (CVOR) given by the Ministry of Transportation in Ontario. Since 2010, Guy has written for and contributed to numerous publications and associations, as well as has been elected as Chair of Ontario College of Trades Tractor Trailer Driver Trade Board, recently re-elected as Chair for the TTSAO Carrier Group, has sat on numerous provincial industry committees and is a Award Winning Driver recognized on both sides of the border.

 


 

Ask The Expert - Brayn Levi Gomez (professional installer)

 

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Guest Expert - Certified Professional Installer

Brayn transformed his passion and hobby of installing multimedia devices and car kits in luxury vehicles into a career in 2004. Since then, Brayn has installed thousands of electronics and GPS systems in a variety of vehicles and machines with or without a power source, even on bicycles. Bryan provides professional installation, re-installation and on-site technical services to Fleet Complete customers. Throughout his career, Brayn has encountered the effects of improper GPS system installation on the integrity of the vehicle and driver's safety, and offers his insights and tips to help ensure fleet managers and technicians are using best practices to install GPS equipment in their vehicles.