Today's Trucking


OOIDA pushing against “bad” regs

March 27, 2017 by John Smith

GRAIN VALLEY, MO – The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) is launching a campaign to push back against bad trucking-related regulations.


In-cab ELD hardware

March 15, 2017 by Rolf Lockwood

From EROAD comes a permanent in-vehicle device


What does Trump mean to us?

February 9, 2017 Rolf Lockwood

Well, we’re a couple of tumultuous weeks into the new Trump administration south of the 49th, and it would seem chaos prevails. At least for the moment. With the new President having promised, implicitly and otherwise, something of a war on regulatory controls, some issues with an impact on trucking are up in the air.


Canada’s approach to Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs)

December 28, 2016 by John Smith

The days of paper logbooks are numbered for southbound fleets, with the U.S. preparing to mandate Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) by the end of 2017. Canada originally led the way in discussions to set standards for the devices. Now we’re playing catch-up. With trucking associations backing their use, it may only be a matter of time before ELDs are mandated for domestic fleets as well.


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).