Most log book violations are caused by not paying attention, or rushing through a task that you have done thousands of times before. No matter how busy you are – stop and pay close attention while filling out your log book.

Log Book Violations are Costly and Avoidable

Filling out your log book incorrectly, or missing some needed information can lead to warnings or fines; both affecting your companies safety profile. When you’re inspected by DOT or even your company safety manager, you are expected to have zero violations.

Keep your log book in good order with these tips to save yourself time and very possibly money.

  1. Keep your log book current – Make sure to update your log book with every change of duty. It’s the law.
  2. Keep your log book accurate – Inspectors can see when you crossed the border and company fuel cards transactions are time stamped. An audit will catch discrepancies. Fines for falsifying your log book can be steep and you can be put Out of Service. Being put OOS is a significant hit to your company’s safety rating.
  3. Do your recaps – Do the math and complete your 7 or 8 day recaps. One of the first things seen during an inspection is your recap. Taking time to fill out your recap is an indication to an inspector that your log book is in order.
  4. Keep your log book neat & legible – Why keep it if you can’t read it. It makes it easier on everyone if your log book is neat and tidy.
  5. Fill out all the fields on you log & inspection report – Don’t omit necessary information. A good rule of thumb is to fill out all the info on your log.

Remember that you’re expected to be in compliance at all times. Even something as simple as a Form and Manner violation can lead to problems, not only for your company, but also for you.