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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?

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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

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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:

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‘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.”

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J. J. Keller ELD Device

February 19, 2016 by Rolf Lockwood

J. J. Keller says that its E-Log tool will require only minor software updates to comply with the coming FMCSA electronic logging device rule

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Transport Canada Says Electronic Log Devices Finally Coming

February 17, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

OTTAWA, ON – Transport Canada is hinting that when rules for electronic logging devices begin in the U.S. late 2017, Canada’s trucking industry will be in near lock step.

The logbook issue has drawn out for at least a decade as North American governments attempt to address safety concerns stemming from driver fatigue. The new system would see commercial truck and bus drivers switching from notepads to devices that automatically record driving time by monitoring engine hours, vehicle movement, kilometres driven and location information.

Truckers and bus drivers are allowed to behind the wheel for up to 13 hours in a day, but must be off-duty for 10 hours, eight consecutively.

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CTA: Canada Should Follow U.S. ELD Mandate

December 11, 2015 by sehui

TORONTO, ON – Thursday’s announcement of the final U.S. rule requiring the use of electronic logging devices (ELD) in late 2017, puts Canada “under the gun” to do the same thing, according to one group here at home, while reaction to the plan where it was born is mixed. The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) says the move by the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration removes any remaining argument for the Canadian governments not to move forward with a similar mandate in Canada.

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Questions About Electronic Logging? Check This Out.

April 29, 2015 by sehui

DALLAS — As regulators move closer to requiring controversial electronic logging devices for most trucks operating in both U.S. and Canada, a new online resource is available to people who have questions about the devices and the rules. ELDfacts.com has been started by the fleet management services provider Omnitracs LLC, in anticipation of the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration mandate slated for a September release. The regulations are expected to take effect sometime later.