The end of June/ start of July MTI [ Mamo Transportation, Inc.] was audited by the USDOT.
The good news is that our driver qualification process and files, our alcohol and drug testing program, and our accident register got perfect grades.
The not-so-good news is that a number of issues were discovered in the over 500 individual drivers daily logs that were audited and checked against receipts, toll tickets, and settlement records. As result of the audit, the USDOT has advised MTI to put teeth in our hours of service enforcement policies: to suspend from dispatch those drivers whose logs are not submitted weekly; to suspend from dispatch those drivers who violate 11, 14, and 70 hour rules – and whose log violations scores do not improve after intervention and training; and to terminate those drivers whose compliance has not improved after retraining and suspension.
Think about this: if a sharp attorney told a jury of 12 about the errors in your log book prior to and after a collision, would prison time be in your future? This example illustrates how serious hours of service violations are. Be smart. Be Safe. Respect your log book.