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> Using The Log Master In Your Truck, Can I keep my logs in my computer
John Ewing
post Aug 16 2005, 06:47 PM
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Here in relevant part is the latest guidance from FMCSA on this topic. It clearly states you can use a computer to record, sign and store your logs and cancels the previous guidance that required that they be printed and signed.

Federal Motor Carrier Safety
Regulatory Guidance Concerning
Electronic Signatures and Documents
AGENCY: Federal Motor Carrier Safety
Administration (FMCSA), DOT.
ACTION: Notice of regulatory guidance.
SUMMARY: FMCSA issues regulatory guidance concerning the use of electronic signatures and documents to
comply with FMCSA regulations. This guidance provides the motor carrier industry, Federal, State, and local motor
carrier enforcement officials, and other interested parties with uniform information regarding FMCSA’s
acceptance of electronic signature on documents required by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. All
prior Agency interpretations and regulatory guidance, including memoranda and letters, may no longer
be relied upon to the extent they are inconsistent with this guidance.
DATES: Effective Date: This regulatory
guidance is effective January 4, 2011.

Question 11: May I use electronic methods to generate, sign, maintain
and/or exchange any record the FMCSA regulations require without requesting
an exemption or obtaining prior permission?

Guidance: You may use electronic methods to generate, sign, maintain
and/or exchange any document that is generated and maintained or exchanged
by private parties, regardless of whether FMCSA subsequently requires them to
be produced or displayed to Agency staff or other parties entitled to access.
You do not need to request an exemption or obtain prior permission so
long as the electronic record meets all of the regulation’s substantive
requirements and remains accessible in a form that can be accurately
reproduced for later reference. (This does not apply to documents filed
directly with the Agency. See Question No. 6.) Examples of documents
generated, maintained or exchanged by private parties include, but are not
limited to: Employment applications, driver histories and other qualification
records, leases formed under 49 CFR part 376, driver-vehicle inspection
reports, and records of duty status. These are only examples of documents
about which FMCSA received specific questions and is not an exhaustive list
of the types of documents that can be generated, signed, maintained or
exchanged electronically.

John Ewing
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