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FMCSA Reg Guidance on Records of Duty Status Generated by Logging Software

Posted in on Thu, Jul 17, 2014

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has revised its regulatory guidance concerning records of duty status (RODS) generated by logging software programs on laptop computers, tablets, and smartphones. These programs are used by certain drivers to help them prepare RODS, but the devices with such software do not meet FMCSA’s requirements for automatic on-board recording devices (AOBRDs).  The revision of the guidance clarifies the relationship between FMCSA’s policy on the use of logging software programs and the its January 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.  All prior interpretations and regulatory guidance, including memoranda and letters, are rescinded to the extent they are inconsistent with this guidance.  The guidance is effective July 10, 2014.

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