DOT Log Tools for Calculating Hours of Service
By Misty Faucheux
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has rules regarding how long commercial drivers can work. Generally, truck drivers can work between 11 and 14 hours in a row, while passenger vehicle drivers can work between 10 and 15 hours. These drivers must have a certain amount of time off, after their shifts---usually between eight and 10 hours. DOT log tools allow you to track how long your drivers are on duty, which helps you stay in line with DOT regulations.
Custom Truck Tracker
This tool allows you to keep track of hours driven plus time off. Simply input the driver's sleep hours, on-duty (non-driving) hours, driving hours and total number of miles driven. The system will calculate information for all of your drivers, including how many hours they can drive for the rest of the week and how many miles they have driven. It calculates the mileage on a daily, monthly or yearly basis. You will receive warning alerts if you are close to violating DOT rules. Enter your driver's name when you start the program, and the system will then store files on that driver. You can customize this program based on the number of drivers your company employs. As of 2010, this program costs between $39.99 and $99.95 depending on the number of drivers tracked.
The LogPlus Driver Log Audit software program allows you to input information about your driver and then keep track of any driver violations. These violations include traffic infractions, exceeding DOT hours and falsifying logs. Other features of this program include the ability to print out warning or discrepancy letters, which you can give to your drivers, and it also allows you to audit driver logs. This program offers a free trial version, but you must purchase the full version. As of 2010, this program costs between $395 and $495 depending on the number of drivers.
The LogWin allows you to keep track of hours and compare them with the 11- and 14-hour DOT rules. The system will also reset drivers' hours after they have 24 consecutive hours off. You can add new drivers on an as-needed basis and print out the hours available for each driver. Other features include the ability to calculate driver speeds and the ability to print out information on driver traffic or DOT violations. This tool is part of the Pro Series Trucking Software. You may try out a demo version of this software program, but you must purchase the full version. Depending on the version of the software, the price for this program ranges from $299 to $5,990 as of 2010.
Misty Faucheux became a freelance writer in 1998 and has been an editor since 2004. She has written for a variety of websites and blogs, specializing in topics ranging from digital photography to computer systems to digital media. Faucheux received a Bachelor of Arts in communications from Loyola University New Orleans.