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Drafting Through Disruption

June 8, 2018 by John Smith

The only thing certain in trucking is disruption. The massive shift in supply and demand caused by mandated electronic logging devices (ELDs) is a prime example of how one piece of legislation can wreak havoc on an entire sector. Unpredictability […]

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Roadside inspection standards updated

May 4, 2018 by John Smith

GREENBELT, Md. – The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance has updated a series of roadside inspection standards, including rules for those using electronic logging devices (ELDs), and the procedures for inspecting motor coach monocoque frames and suspensions. The changes were approved […]

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Don’t Waste Time: Let’s learn the lessons of a different ELD mandate

May 3, 2018 by John Smith

At first glance, the Canadian Trucking Alliance seems to be getting ahead of itself in the call for a “graduated education” period before electronic logging devices (ELDs) are mandated. The federal government has yet to finalize such rules, or even decide if it will embrace an accelerated December 2019 deadline the alliance is championing. Other than Ontario, most provinces have been silent on the idea, too.

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PeopleNet ready for expedited ELD mandate: Wright

April 23, 2018 by John Smith

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. – The president of PeopleNet Canada says his company is ready for a Canadian mandate of electronic logging devices (ELDs), even if a rollout is expedited.

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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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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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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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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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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.

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ELD Day for Canada

January 9, 2018 by John Smith

BRAMPTON, ON — It ultimately proved to be just a matter of time. On December 18, the same day that the U.S. mandated Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) to track Hours of Service, Canada’s Transport Minister Marc Garneau took to the podium to unveil plans to introduce similar rules on this side of the border.

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Canada unveils plans to mandate ELDs, mirror U.S.

December 31, 2017 by John Smith

BRAMPTON, ON – Canada’s federal government has unveiled plans to mandate Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) in trucks, largely echoing rules that officially take hold today in the U.S.
Draft versions of the rules have been published in Canada Gazette Part 1, and once finalized are to roll out within two years.
“This will make truck drivers less prone to fatigue,” federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau said after announcing the proposed regulations. “It will make our roads safer.”
Canadian-based truckers heading across the border already have to comply with the U.S. mandate.
“For a number of years, the Canadian Trucking Alliance has been pointing to research that shows a universal Electronic Logging Device mandate would have a direct and immediate impact on curbing behaviors strongly linked with higher crash rates such as driving over [their] prescribed limits of service, which leads to fatigue,” he told a crowd of fleet executives and media assembled in a Trailcon Leasing service bay.
“These Electronic Logging Devices can help commercial drivers and employers comply with existing Hours of Service regulations and help reduce the potential of driver fatigue. They also help drivers and employers on the administrative side of their work, and the devices’ electronic records virtually eliminate the need for time-consuming paper logs.”
A two-year rollout will allow enough time to deploy the devices, Garneau added. “If we can do it quicker than that, that would be even better.”

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ATA applauds Electronic Logging Device mandate

December 21, 2017 by John Smith

ARLINGTON, VA – The American Trucking Associations is applauding the arrival of mandated Electronic Logging Devices in the U.S.
“Electronic Logging Devices have been legislated, promulgated and litigated – with Congress voting three times in the past five years in favor of this requirement and a federal court rejecting a challenge to the rule. The time has finally come to retire decades-old, burdensome paper logs that consume countless hours and are susceptible to fraud and put the safety of all motorists first. The benefits of this rule exceed the costs by more than $1 billion, making it a rule the ATA can firmly support and easily adopt,” said Chris Spear, the associations’ president and Chief Executive Officer.

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ELD waiver for short-term U.S. rentals

December 13, 2017 by John Smith

WASHINGTON, DC — A 90-day waiver from the Electronic Logging Device mandate will soon be issued for carriers operating short-term rental trucks (defined as 30 days or less) by the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

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Half unprepared for ELD mandate: Survey

December 11, 2017 by John Smith

PHOENIX, AZ – With only a week to go before Electronic Logging Devices (ELD) are mandated in the U.S., a new survey is showing that almost half of the affected truckers are unprepared.

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Penske’s ELD app

December 8, 2017 by John Smith

Penske Truck Leasing has unveiled an integrated Penske Driver app that meets the U.S. mandate for Electronic Logging Devices (ELD) and provides other productivity tools for those with Penske rental trucks.