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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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U.S. rentals get 90-day ELD waiver

January 19, 2018 by John Smith

WASHINGTON, DC – The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued short-term rental trucks a 90-day waiver from mandated Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs), lasting until April 19.

Trucks rented for 30 days or less will be able to use paper logbooks to record Hours of Service until the waiver expires. Carriers cannot simply replace one rental vehicle with another one within the 30 days, and must also have a satisfactory safety rating. They also need to report any collisions involving these vehicles within five business days.

The Truck Renting and Leasing Association had known since December that a waiver was forthcoming, and is telling affected truck operators to print out the notice and carry it in the cab during the waiver period. Once this waiver expires, those who rent trucks for eight days or less will continue to be exempted from the ELD mandate.

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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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Clock is ticking toward U.S. ELD mandate

October 23, 2017 by John Smith

ORLANDO, FL – Electronic Logging Devices (ELD’s) are on track to be mandated in the U.S. on December 18, as regulators finalize the underlying systems and prepare to relegate paper logbooks to the trash bin of history.

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Clock is ticking toward U.S. ELD mandate

October 23, 2017 by John Smith

ORLANDO, FL – Electronic Logging Devices (ELD’s) are on track to be mandated in the U.S. on December 18, as regulators finalize the underlying systems and prepare to relegate paper logbooks to the trash bin of history.

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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.

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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).

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Rand McNally offers connected e-log, management device

October 2, 2016 by John Smith

Rand McNally has unveiled a new electronic logging and fleet management device that has its own cellular modem.

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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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Paperless Driver Log

January 21, 2015 by Rolf Lockwood

From app developer BigRoad comes DashLink, a low-cost, 395.15-compliant, engine-connected paperless driver log tool for Android mobile devices

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34-hour restart rule suspension in Senate hands

December 15, 2014 by TEONA Baetu

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Truckers interested in whether or not the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)’s 34-hour restart rule will be suspended have turned their eyes to the U.S. Senate after the House passed the funding bill.

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Compliance in the Oil Patch

October 30, 2014 by Martin Smith

J.J. Keller now offers a ‘Texas Oilfield’ rule set for Encompass with E-Logs, useable on iPhone, iPad, and Android devices, making HOS compliance easier for the oil and gas industry in both Canada and the U.S.

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HOS Rules Continue to Hurt Truckers’ Bottom Lines

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

WINDSOR, CO – Carriers are saying that since rates and accessorial charges are yet to improve, they need to look at increasing productivity to raise their bottom lines.

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NS-Maine Ferry Helps Drivers To Keep On Truckin’

August 1, 2014 by Martin Smith

YARMOUTH, NS – The Nova Star, a ferry that sails the recently revived route between Yarmouth, Nova Scotia and Portland, Maine, is gaining traction with Nova Scotia truck drivers and carriers.