Each month at about mid month contract drivers for Mamo Transportation, Inc. receive a log audit letter: the letter summarizes the findings of a computer audit of your drivers daily logs for the prior month.
An ongoing issue is the “Speeding” violation which appears on every day that a driver’s average speed exceeds 60 mph.
There are reasons – and an explanation – for this: (1) The USDOT has argued that a driver cannot drive safely and average much more than 55 mph; (2) a 60 mph average is the default of our computer software which audits your logs; (3) the alternative – that is to apply actual speed limits of each state in which you operate – is not practical, for to use it would require that every driver log every time he crosses a state line and the speed limit changes.
Remember, please, that 60 mph is an average speed: it is the result of dividing the miles you have reported that you have driven in a day by the number of hours you say you have driven: simple math. To average 60, you must have driven at 70 mph or more – to offset the 40 mph speeds in congested areas.
The only time we need to be concerned about your average speed is when it shows that you have averaged 85, 95 even 105 mph: for this is clear evidence that you have not logged as you traveled, and the fiction you have created after the fact – to catch up – is clearly log falsification. This is SERIOUS.