Use Roadside Inspection mode

This article describes how to use the Roadside Inspection mode with its tabs 'Graph', 'Events & Stops', and 'Driver', as well as how to download and email your logs.


If you are experiencing problems entering your password when trying to exit Roadside Inspection mode, make sure that you upgrade to the latest version of Logbook. A known issue with exiting Roadside Inspection mode was corrected in version of Logbook.

See the DOT Roadside Inspection Guide for instructions on how to use Logbook during a DOT (department of transportation) inspection.

Roadside Inspection mode provides access to logs for FMCSA inspectors. The inspector can navigate between the current day and the previous seven days of logs.


The header of the Status Log screen displays a summary of your standard hours of service (HOS) data elements, including the total time spent in each status, daily mileage, and total hours on duty (daily and cycle). Tap the chevron LOGS7.png icon to close the summary.

The inspector cannot see your HOS log certification status.

Enable and disable Roadside Inspection mode

You must enable Roadside Inspection mode before giving the device to the inspector.

To enable Roadside Inspection mode:

  1. From the navigation bar in the lower part of the screen, tap Logs.

  2. Tap the Roadside Inspection Mode ROAD2.png icon. The icon changes to blue. On some devices, such as iPads, tap the toggle button next to Inspector Mode.

To disable Roadside Inspection mode:

  1. On the Status Log screen, tap the Roadside Inspection Mode img-en-us-lb_inspector_mode_active.png icon. On some devices, such as iPads, tap the toggle button next to Inspector Mode.

  2. Enter your password and tap Unlock.


Use the 'Graph' tab

The Graph tab displays a 24-hour timeline of your activity on a single date. The graph runs from the driver’s start time for a period of 24 hours. By default, it runs from midnight to midnight.

By reading the graph from left to right, the inspector can view your status at a given time and the duration of that status. The vertical axis tracks the different statuses. The horizontal axis tracks time. The inspector can view different parts of the graph by swiping left or right on the graph.

Special driving conditions (Yard Moves and Personal Use) are marked with a white dotted line on the graph. A legend to explain these conditions is also displayed.


Use the 'Events & Stops' tab

The Events & Stops tab lists the time and location when each status in the 24-hour log period occurred.

In Roadside Inspection mode, the Events & Stops tab displays additional events that are not displayed in normal mode. The inspector can review status changes, diagnostic events, and unidentified miles associated with the connected vehicle.


The inspector can view the following, additional information by tapping the chevron LOGS7.png icon:

  • Comments

  • Event code

  • Event record status

  • Trailer number

  • Shipping reference

  • Co-drivers

Use the 'Driver' tab

The Driver tab displays the driver details for the 24-hour log period, including the driver name, license number, carrier name and location, and US DOT number.


Download log as PDF

The inspector can download a copy of your HOS log for the selected date:

  1. On the Status Log screen, tap the Download LOGS9.png icon.

  2. Select Printer friendly version (PDF).

  3. Save the PDF to the device.

Send logs to the FMCSA

The inspector can send a copy of your HOS logs for the past eight days to the FMCSA:

  1. Tap the Download LOGS9.png icon.

  2. Select Send Logs to FMCSA.

  3. If you want to send the logs to the FMCSA using a web transfer, make sure the Send Now option is selected.


    Alternatively, if you want to send the logs to the FMCSA by email, tap More Options, and then select Send Via Email.

  4. Enter a mandatory comment that includes the routing code provided by the inspector.

  5. Tap Send.


You might be asked to try again if you have tried to share your logs, and your logs took longer than expected to sync. If you send your logs anyway, they might be incomplete. To check whether you have pending data in the Logbook app, see Troubleshoot incorrect or missing ELD logs > Check whether your logs failed to upload.

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