Truckers play a huge role in interstate commerce, and their compliance
with state law is necessary for maintaining safe roadways. Even when organizational
and math skills are lacking, truckers are required to maintain stellar
records to avoid log book violations.
Why December 2017 Is So Important to Truckers
This date is important for truckers in California because it is when the
new regulations start regarding how logs are kept. These new rules will
require electronic logging devices (ELD) that eliminate human error in
keeping log books. Remember, there is a huge difference between forgetting
to include information in logs, and falsifying log information.
Log book violations in California are rarely given because of miscalculations
regarding hours of driving and resting. They most likely are given because
of a failure to sign and certify a log at the beginning of each day or
an attempt to manipulate the log to drive longer than allowed. Not keeping
a daily log, according to CVC 34506, will cost a commercial driver $616.
If inconsistencies are discovered throughout a log book, other fines can
be issued. What a California Highway Patrol (CHP) officer is most often
looking for is an effort to keep an accurate log book throughout a trip.
The officer will also be looking for accurate logs outlining the 14-hour
consecutive period that you are limited to driving just 11 hours after
a 10-hour rest period, and recording of the 70-hour maximum allowable
driving week. He will also be looking for logs outlining weight certifications.
Simple miscalculations in log books fall within the boundaries of noncriminal
violations. If a driver is judged to have knowingly falsified log book
information, however, he or she can lose his CDL and/or face federal penalties.
In the end, math skills have nothing to do with keeping a log book. In
the State of California, it's most important to keep one daily, accurately
and faithfully. If you take a break, which you’re required to do
every eight hours minimum, put it in the log before you move.
Getting Ready for the ELD
ELD technology will virtually eliminate log book violations. If you are
a driver that travels beyond a 100-mile radius of your home or are part
of a large commercial fleet, your truck should be equipped with ELD technology
before January 1, 2018.
This GPS-based device will be used at weigh stations to measure times and
distances between certain checkpoints. The information stored on an ELD
will be available to police and weigh station attendants simply by scanning
a smart sticker located on your license plate. All truckers who do not
meet federal exemption standards for device use should prepare for installation
by checking their paper logs. Installment can take several weeks for certain
fleets, and this is only if paper logs can be accurately reconciled.
Los Angeles County Courthouse
If you receive a log book violation in a Los Angeles jurisdiction, you
will need to pay fines at an LA courthouse. There are more than 20 courthouses
in LA County, so log violations can now be addressed and
paid online. The Superior Court of California offers multilingual online services
Monday-Friday 3:00 AM to 11:55 PM, Saturday 3:00 AM-11:00 PM, and Sunday
3:30 AM-11:00 PM. Paying for log book violations through this system is
simple using a credit, debit, or fleet account card.
In the past, commercial drivers in places like Los Angeles County could
possibly avoid log book violations by claiming that their math and organizational
skills were substandard. All concerns about accurate logs will be addressed
by Federal ELD mandates and will eliminate complex computational problems.
Hire a Traffic Attorney
When you have been ticketed for log book violations, call Mark Bigger and
Paul Harman, who make up the traffic ticket team of Bigger & Harman,
APC. They have an excellent reputation as traffic ticket defenders for
CDL holders in Los Angeles and other SoCal counties and the Central Valley.
From Barstow to LA, or Bakersfield to Bishop, these tireless traffic ticket
defenders work hard for their clients in traffic courts.
Call Bigger & Harman, 661-349-9300, or email:
email@example.com when you need legal advice or counsel regarding log book violations or
any traffic ticket.
They always provide straightforward legal advice without the legal jargon,
just plain English or Español, so that you can make an informed
decision. Use the website
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