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UPDATED: PIT Group to measure, certify ELD compliance

October 31, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

ATLANTA, GA – Montreal-based 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.

PIT Group director Yves Provencher says his organization will follow the latest version of the ELD Test Plan and Procedures issued by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

“In advance of the ELD mandate in the U.S., a growing number of suppliers are self-certifying ELDs,” said Yves Provencher, director of the PIT Group. “But suppliers that come to us for ELD verification will differentiate themselves in the market because our testing is thorough and unbiased, and it will cover the most up-to-date requirements in the ELD rule.”


The complete story on ELDs

October 25, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

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.


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

October 25, 2016 by John Smith

TORONTO, ON – 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.

The analysis examined two scenarios – a mandate for all federally regulated carriers, and one that excluded vehicles that would already have to meet a pending U.S. mandate for the devices.

The analysis “confirms the significant net benefit from an ELD mandate and dispels some of the myths about ELDs that are out there,” said David Bradley, CEO of the Canadian Trucking Alliance, which released the results.


ELDs, cost controls top carrier and shipper agenda

October 14, 2016 by John Smith

TORONTO, ON – Telematics are increasingly being used to control costs, but shippers and carriers who spoke at the recent Surface Transportation Summit are recognizing that more challenges are on the horizon – especially when it comes to pending mandates for Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs).


ELD mandate tops industry concerns in survey

October 3, 2016 by John Smith

LAS VEGAS, NV — A pending mandate for Electronic Logging Devices (ELD) is topping a list of the Top 10 critical issues facing North America’s trucking industry, as compiled by the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI).


IN PRINT — ELDs Part 3: Inside the Black Boxes

August 11, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

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.


IN PRINT — ELDs Part 2: The Learning Curve

August 11, 2016 by John Smith

TORONTO, ON — 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. The move to electronic logs from paper won’t be any different.


Made to Measure: Advances in telematics

August 11, 2016 by John Smith

TORONTO, ON — 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. Telemetry and telematics changed this dramatically, capturing and streaming data for drivers, vehicles, and operations teams alike.


Transport Canada begins consultations on ELDs

August 5, 2016 by John Smith

TORONTO, ON – Transport Canada has officially launched “informal” consultations around Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) — a move that the Canadian Trucking Alliance sees as a precursor to mandating the equipment for federally regulated carriers.

Such consultations come before the more formal process of publishing a proposed rule in Canada Gazette Part 1, which the alliance expects sometime in early 2017. A 60-day comment period would then be required before a final rule is published, and a compliance date would be one or two years after that.

“The momentum is clearly building towards a mandate,” said David Bradley, president and CEO of the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA). He also called on provincial governments to “get on board and start preparing” for mandates that mirror those at the federal level.


Configurable Reporting, Analysis

August 3, 2016 by Rolf Lockwood

Blue Tree Systems launches, “a new generation” in telematics reporting


Second Canadian ELD draft standard set for comment

July 14, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

OTTAWA, ON – A second draft of an electronic logging device (ELD) technical standard for Canada has been released by The Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA).


Adopt ELDs ahead of mandate: Wright

April 21, 2016 by John Smith

TORONTO, ON – Bill Wright, the recently named president of PeopleNet Canada, describes the plans to mandate electronic logs as “exciting times”. In fact, he asks, why would anyone wait for a mandate?


ELD with Printer

April 12, 2016 by Rolf Lockwood

Continental’s VDO RoadLog offers an affordable answer to ELD mandate compliance, featuring a built-in printer


Questions to ask when choosing ELDs: Continental

April 11, 2016 by John Smith

LOUISVILLE, KY – With the U.S. approaching mandated electronic logging devices (ELDs), and Canada expected to follow suit, Continental Commercial Vehicles and Aftermarket is posing questions that should be asked when choosing suppliers. Among them:


‘Capricious’ ELD mandate challenged by OOIDA

April 4, 2016 by Rolf Lockwood

CHICAGO, IL — Claiming that the coming U.S. mandate for electronic logging devices to be used by interstate truck drivers is “arbitrary and capricious”, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) has filed an appeal to challenge the rule.

OOIDA is challenging the U.S. ELD mandateELDs won’t improve safety, the organization claims, adding that the mandate propagated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is in violation of 4th Amendment rights against reasonable searches and seizures.

The mandate requires that truck drivers use ELDs to track their driving and non-driving activities even though such devices can only track movement and location of a vehicle. The FMCSA finalized the rule late last year.

OOIDA, representing small-business truckers, stated its arguments in a legal brief filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit.

“The agency provided no proof of their claims that this mandate would improve highway safety,” said Jim Johnston, OOIDA president and CEO. “There is simply no proof that the costs, burdens and privacy infringements associated with this mandate are justified.”

His point is not made in a vacuum.

In fact the FMCSA is now being urged, and strongly, to make a bunch of improvements in its data and research methods “to support a more comprehensive understanding of the relationships between operator fatigue and highway safety and between fatigue and long-term health.”