After six years of
testing, Werner Enterprises Inc. has jumped through all the hoops, says the
U.S. Department of Transportation, giving the Nebraska-based motor carrier the
official nod for paperless logbooks. DOT officials joined Werner management
Thursday, Dec. 2, at the company’s corporate training center in Omaha for the
formal signing of the exemption.
The Federal Motor
Carrier Safety Administration says Werner can document its drivers’ hours of service
through the use of GPS technology and complementary computer software programs
in lieu of handwritten logbooks.
representing FMCSA were Administrator Annette Sandberg and FMCSA Chief Safety
Officer John J. Hill.
Werner’s use of this technology couldn’t come at a better time.
“FMCSA has begun
considering standards for recording drivers’ HOS electronically,” she said. “We
are currently reviewing public comments on how motor carriers use a variety of
electronic on-board recording systems, and we are evaluating their costs and
benefits. Werner has shown us how carriers can apply technology effectively and
improve an important component in the effort to reduce truck-related crashes,
injuries and fatalities.”
The exemption was
published Sept. 21, 2004, in the Federal Register along with terms and
conditions of the exemption.
The company is the
only motor carrier in the trucking industry to employ paperless logs with GPS