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FMCSA revises regulatory guidance on RODS from logging software

Law enforcement can request printed copies of the logs, and the driver must be given an opportunity to print the current and prior seven days, the FMCSA said.

The Trucker News Services

7/10/2014

WASHINGTON — The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has revised its regulatory guidance concerning records-of-duty status (RODS) generated by logging software programs on laptop computers, tablets and smartphones.

The agency said in a Federal Register notice Thursday that the revision of the guidance

clarifies the relationship between the FMCSA’s policy concerning the use of logging software programs and the agency's Jan. 4, 2011, regulatory guidance concerning electronic signatures by removing the requirement that drivers print and sign paper copies of RODS generated through such logging software, provided the driver is able to sign the RODS electronically at the end of each work day and display the electronic record at the roadside.

The 2011 guidance that allowed electronic storage of records and digital signatures did not include Hours of Service logs.

The Federal Register notice said drivers will be required to have the prior seven days of electronically signed logs available to be viewed on the device’s screen during an inspection.

Law enforcement can request printed copies of the logs, and the driver must be given an opportunity to print the current and prior seven days, the FMCSA said.

 If an electronic signature is not used, the driver will be required to print the electronic logs and manually sign them daily. Drivers will also be required to retain the prior seven days of manually signed logs – just as required now.

Click here to read the new guidance, which also includes answers to questions most likely asked by drivers.

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