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Don’t discount AOBRDs yet says speaker

April 21, 2018 by elizabeth

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — Mandatory electronic logging devices (ELD) are on the horizon for Canadian drivers, but Rihard Suler thinks fleets should consider holding off on upgrading to their systems for as long as they can.

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Everything is negotiable in ELD era

April 10, 2018 by John Smith

For years, I’ve been chuckling under my breath at transportation conferences whenever I hear shippers speak about how important it is to be “good business partners” with their carriers. Experience has shown me that once they walk off the stage, their actions tell another story. The “win-win” rhetoric gives way to “we win, you lose” when it comes time to work on a contract. That’s starting to change.

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New CTA chairman looks to raise regional voices

April 10, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. — This isn’t the first time Scott Smith has occupied a seat at the head of a boardroom table. The president and chief executive officer of Ontario-based JD Smith led the Ontario Trucking Association from 2004-06. Now, just a little over a decade later, he has been handed the gavel for the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA).

As familiar as the role might appear, this is a time of significant change among some of Canada’s largest trucking associations. Stephen Laskowski is entering his first full year as chief executive officer of the Canadian Trucking Alliance itself. Recent months have seen changes to senior staff at the British Columbia Trucking Association and Alberta Motor Transport Association, too.

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Geotab, Garmin bundle ELD and more

March 28, 2018 by John Smith

Geotab and Garmin have joined together to offer the Geotab Garmin ELD Bundle to track, manage, and share Records of Duty Status. Building on Geotab’s Cloud ELD offering, the bundle includes a Garmin Fleet 790 Android tablet with wi-fi, an […]

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ELDs a hot topic at Mid-America

March 27, 2018 by John Smith

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Mandated electronic logging devices were a hot topic on the floor of the Mid-America Trucking Show this year. Equipment editor Jim Park offers a wrap-up of Friday’s show offerings, ranging from ELDs to new discounts offered through […]

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Time Trials: ELDs and our experience so far

March 16, 2018 by John Smith

TORONTO, Ont. — Three months in, the worst of the American ELD rollout is probably behind us. Some fleets have discovered that the devices they bought at the very last minute didn’t work as advertised. Inspectors were flummoxed by some devices …

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Border can represent a technical divide

February 28, 2018 by John Smith

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Marc Greco, manager of corporate solutions with Challenger Motor Freight, was direct when he summed up a comparison of Canadian and U.S. trucking operations. “We do things slightly differently,” he told a crowd at Omnitracs’ Outlook user conference in Nashville, Tenn.

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Electronic inspection trial expected this year

February 27, 2018 by John Smith

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Electronic roadside inspections are moving closer to reality thanks to mandated electronic logging devices (ELDs) and inspection requirements defined by the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA).

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Cyberattacks are a real threat to trucking: panel

February 27, 2018 by John Smith

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – It can begin with someone surfing porn on a fleet tablet, clicking on the link in an email from someone who appears to be a trusted customer, or even using a poorly designed ELD. But no matter how a breach in fleet systems is created, the cybersecurity threats in trucking are all too real.

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Welcome to the land of ELD confusion

February 26, 2018 by John Smith

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The early days of enforcing a U.S. mandate for electronic logging devices (ELDs) have been marred by confusion over the workings of individual devices and more.

Kerri Wirachowsky, director of the roadside inspection program for the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), refers to the example of one fleet that had installed Automatic On Board Recording Devices (AOBRDs) last February.

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At first glance that device should be accepted, because it was installed before the mandate took hold on Dec. 18, and would be legal until Dec. 16, 2019. The problem is that the user hadn’t been able to reach the supplier to upload the related hours of service functions, she said during the Omnitracs Outlook user conference. That meant a ticket, and more frantic calls to the supplier.

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Trucking faces greatest change since deregulation: Greer

February 26, 2018 by John Smith

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Ray Greer, the chief executive officer of Omnitracs, believes the trucking industry is undergoing its greatest period of change since deregulation.

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Hourly Pay’s the Way: If there’s a good side to ELDs, it’s that driver pay systems will change

February 21, 2018 by John Smith

There are two things converging in this sometimes tumultuous industry of ours: an apparent capacity crunch in many sectors and the difficult onset of electronic logging devices, which is only making the former worse. And will continue to do so, […]

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Small business ELD exemption ‘not likely’, analysts say

February 8, 2018 by John Smith

BLOOMINGTON, IN – The rollout of mandated Electronic Logging Devices (ELD) continues in the U.S. And while some trucking operations have secured temporary waivers, analysts at FTR Intel believe a bid to exempt small carriers outright is unlikely to succeed.

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) has asked regulators to exempt small businesses making less than US $27.5 million in revenue, that don’t have an unsatisfactory safety rating, and have a safe record with no attributable at-fault crashes. It would last five years.

An exemption like that – already rejected during the regulatory review process – would essentially gut the mandate for ELDs, and has been opposed by the American Trucking Associations and safety advocacy groups. Eighty-one percent of over-the-road trucking companies, and 93% of one-truck operators among them, have had no DOT-recordable crashes in the past two years, FTR notes.

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Executive Enforcer: In conversation with CVSA’s Collin Mooney

February 7, 2018 by John Smith

GREENBELT, Md. — The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) has an international focus, finding common ground for roadside inspection practices across North America. But these days the alliance also has a decidedly Canadian face in Collin Mooney.

Today’s Trucking caught up with Mooney to discuss …

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Fleet makes case for hourly pay

February 5, 2018 by John Smith

JEAN-SUR-RICHELIEU, Que. — CH Express drivers were not alone in worries that a U.S. mandate for Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) might affect how much they could make. But ­managers at the flatbed fleet have responded in a bold way – by paying the long-haul drivers by the hour rather than distances.