Today's Trucking


Out of service not enforceable until April on ELD’s

August 31, 2017 by elizabeth

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) is pushing back enforcement on the out-of-service criteria for the new Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate in the United States.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) new congressionally mandated ELD regulations will still take effect on Dec. 18, 2017 as planned, and will still be enforceable from that date, however the CVSA announced this morning that inspectors will not be putting vehicles out of service until April 1, 2018.
Until the April 1 deadline inspectors will be noting violations and roadside inspection reports, and issuing citations to drivers at the inspector’s discretion.
The announcement will not affect the enforcement of out-of-service criteria for Hours of Service.


Integrated ELD and fleet management system

August 24, 2017 by John Smith

Geotab is teaming up with JJ Keller and Associates with a cloud-based system that audits Electronic Logging Device Data transmitted from a Geotab GO device – integrating the JJ Keller Encompass fleet management system with Elogs.


Data Driven: ELD’s can open door to big data

August 21, 2017 by John Smith

If knowledge is power, then Electronic Logging Devices (ELD) could be the most powerful device on the truck. Sure, the device at its most basic is responsible only for monitoring hours of service, but the potential of networking and integrating data is impossible to ignore.
Why settle for simple electronic logging when it can serve as a total fleet management solution in a box?
A friend of mine drives for a 10-truck floral distribution company and makes regular runs from Ontario’s Niagara region to Chicago, Michigan, and western New Jersey. The picture he paints of his distribution manager would be amusing if it were not (most likely) true. The manager must be a fellow who grew up trucking in the ’60s, and still listens to eight-track tapes of Red Sovine and Dave Dudley. The routes are badly planned, trucks are frequently diverted en route, the vehicles are always breaking down, and all communication with drivers is done over the -telephone. And he doesn’t believe in ELDs. My friend says his boss will wait until the last possible moment to equip his fleet – and then only because he must.


Cell-based compliance reporting

August 15, 2017 by John Smith

Continental’s VDO RoadLog Office Advanced gives fleet managers the power to automatically send and receive data to and from the VDO RoadLog ELD Plus, wherever there’s a cellular connection.


ATA calls for continued ELD push

July 24, 2017 by John Smith

ARLINGTON, VA – The American Trucking Associations (ATA) is calling on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to continue in the push toward a December rollout of mandated Electronic Logging Devices.

“Supporters of a delay are attempting to accomplish, almost at the 11th hour, what they’ve been unable to do in the courts, Congress or with the agency: roll back this common sense, data-supported regulation based on at best specious and at worst outright dishonest arguments,” says Bill Sullivan, executive vice president – advocacy, in a blunt letter to the administration’s deputy administrator.

U.S. Representative Brian Babin has introduced legislation to delay the mandate by two years.


IN PRINT — Log Jam: U.S. deadline for ELDs approaches

July 19, 2017 by elizabeth

There are still plenty of questions being posed by drivers, owner-operators and small fleets as the industry moves ever closer to the U.S. mandate for Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs). Here are a few things to consider before the December 18 deadline arrives.


U.S. rep looks to delay ELDs

July 19, 2017 by elizabeth

WASHINGTON D.C. — U.S. Representative Brian Babin is proposing a two-year delay in mandating Electronic Logging Devices in the U.S., under legislation that he introduced today.


ELD file checker is now online

July 17, 2017 by John Smith

WASHINGTON, DC — One of the barriers to the quick adoption of Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) has been the question of how – or when – users can be certain that the mandated devices will be able to electronically transfer data files of Records Of Duty Status for law enforcement officials who use portable computers.


ELD’s, “jobs for life” among legal concerns for fleets

June 19, 2017 by John Smith

NIAGARA FALLS, ON – Canadian fleets face several new legal challenges this year in the face of plans to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, as well as a recent Supreme Court of Canada ruling that could offer federally regulated drivers a job for life, an industry lawyer says.
Heather Devine, a partner with Isaacs and Company, points to the pending U.S. mandate for Electronic Logging Devices as an example. That applies to cross-border drivers as of December 18. But during a presentation to the Private Motor Truck Council of Canada she said the devices could become one of the bargaining chips in trade negotiations. “I’ve heard that there are those discussions,” she warned, referring to talk of a future Canadian mandate that mirrors rules in the U.S. “It’s coming.”

The recent Wilson v. Atomic Energy of Canada ruling by the Supreme Court, meanwhile, …


Alberta assistant deputy minister outlines provincial plans

May 1, 2017 by John Smith

BANFF, AB – Shaun Hammond, Alberta Transportation’s assistant deputy minister – safety policy and engineering, offered government views on a broad range of issues during the Alberta Motor Transport Association’s annual meeting in Banff on Friday.


Teletrac Navman launches ELD solution

April 26, 2017 by sehui

GLENVIEW, IL – Teletrac Navman has announced the launch of its new Electronic Logging Device (ELD) solution called DIRECTOR, which meets all current technical requirements of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) ELD mandate.


Magellan, Samsung provide industry with “one-stop-shop”

April 25, 2017 by sehui

TAMPA, FL – GPS provider Magellan has announced it has partnered with Samsung to provide commercial-grade truck navigation and Electronic-Logging-Device (ELD) compliant software to track Hours of Service (HOS) for both short and long-haul trucking businesses.


Next-generation GPS from Rand McNally

March 28, 2017 by John Smith

Rand McNally has unveiled a fifth generation of its Global Positioning System in the form of the TND 740, enabling over-the-air updates among other features.


Navistar telematics with ELD

March 28, 2017 by John Smith

Navistar has unveiled its new OnCommand Connection Telematics, including hardware and software to support all Class 6-8 trucks with J1939 or J1708 diagnostic ports. While the existing OnCommand Connection linked 300,000 vehicles, the new offering will be offered to those who have not used telematics in the past, the company says.


Navistar expands telematics, offering ELD

March 27, 2017 by John Smith

LISLE, IL – Navistar has unveiled its new OnCommand Connection Telematics, including hardware and software to support all Class 6-8 trucks with J1939 or J1708 diagnostic ports.