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HOT TOPIC The complete story on ELDs

Are you ready for Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs)? Learn everything you need to know in this special section, drawing on our recent coverage of the regulations, technology, operational issues, telematics and more.

PIT Group to measure, certify ELD compliance

Montreal-based truck tech tester PIT Group says it plans to offer independent compliance testing of Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) as fleets prepare to meet the new U.S. mandate for the devices by December 2017. Read more

Canada plays catch up

Despite getting a very early start on developing a standard for Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs), Canadian regulators are now scrambling to get something in place by the time the U.S. rule goes into effect in December 2017. Read more

Benefits of ELDs outweigh costs 2:1, says Transport Canada

Transport Canada has determined that the benefits of Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) essentially double the related costs, according to a newly released Cost-Benefit Analysis. Read more

In depth

By Jim Park

The problem with implementing Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) is confronting the sins of your past. Electronic logs don’t allow the flexibility of paper logs. That may mean some routes will have to be changed; some customers may receive freight a day later than they have become used to; and some salespeople, trip planners, and dispatchers will have to rethink what they promise. And some drivers may see three-day trips turn into four-day trips, or find themselves stranded by the clock just an hour from home. Read more

 

By Jim Park

When I replaced my typewriter with a laptop some years ago, everyone told me it would be an easy transition. It’s the same thing, they told me. The keyboard, at least, was more or less the same. I soon discovered I’d have a few other things to deal with, like software and operating systems and crashes and batteries and floppy disks and updates and the dreaded Blue Screen of Death – moments before a deadline. Read more

 

 

By Jim Park

If you're prone to anxiety when facing a wide variety of choice, such as when you’re buying a pair of shoes or a candy bar, consider asking someone else in the fleet to spec’ an Electronic Logging Device (ELD). There are more than 25 suppliers in the space now; by this time next year that number is expected to swell fourfold. Read more

 

 

 

By John G. Smith

There was a time that trucks essentially disappeared into a black hole between fleet gates and customer loading docks. Nobody really knew where equipment was at any given point in time. The only person who knew a fault light was shining on the dash was the driver. Read more

 

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