If you're like me and like to have technology at your fingertips, without the sometimes confusing rhetoric, then keep reading. Driver logs (Hours of Service Logs), administered by the Federal Agency FMCSA - (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) are required for every commercial truck driver in the USA that goes beyond 100 air miles of their home base. However, today, approximately 98% of drivers complete their driver logs with paper, which for many is quite daunting to complete, since they take more time. It is especially more difficult and time-consuming for new drivers, requiring complex hours calculations and multiple entry fields that are prone to error. In fact, industry experts indicate that over 70% of roadside inspection fines are related to 'form and manner' errors. The average roadside fine for a driver can range from $500-$2,000, along with being put Out of Service, and unable to drive. Ouch!
However, with the proliferation of smart phones available to drivers today, it is becoming much easier to remove the burden of paper logs and replace them with electronic logs. New technology entrants to the market such as BigRoad offer easy to use electronic driver logs that are compliant to the FMCSA regulations. For those who are concerned with cost, no need to worry: they are also FREE for drivers to download from Google Play Store onto any Android device. Even drivers that are skeptical about technology are recognizing that they can easily adopt electronic logs, helping them run safer and more compliant, while removing hassles and headaches of paper logs.