Werner’s exemption for GPS logs renewed

Werner Enterprises can operate its paperless Global Positioning System-based driver log system for another two years under an exemption renewal granted on Thursday, Sept. 7. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is allowing the Werner program to continue under terms and conditions initially approved two years ago.

Werner has operated its paperless log system since the late 1990s under a memorandum of understanding (MOU) struck in June 1998. Werner had responded to a solicitation for motor carriers to participate in a pilot demonstration project for using GPS technology and related computer systems in lieu of paper records of duty status. Based on Werner’s experience with the system and improvements to its accuracy, FMCSA in September 2004 granted the carrier a two-year exemption, subject to certain terms and conditions that were similar to those in the MOU.

Although the exemption renewal is effective immediately, FMCSA is inviting comments until Oct. 10. For a copy of the renewal, visit http://dms.dot.gov/search and search Docket No. 15818.