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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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FMCSA’s lack of oversight contributed to crash: NTSB

November 23, 2017 by elizabeth

WASHINGTON, DC – The United States National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) says the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) needs to crack down on motor carriers after a fatal crash in California.
A recent NTSB report found the driver of a motorcoach that crashed on a California highway in the early-morning hours on Aug. 2, 2016, killing four passengers, was sleep deprived.

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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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Canadian ELD mandate delayed

October 19, 2017 by John Smith

MILTON, ON – The clock is ticking toward a mandate for Electronic Logging Devices (ELD’s) in the U.S. – but Canada is now expected to establish its version of a mandate no sooner than the spring of 2019.

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Data Driven: ELD’s can open door to big data

August 21, 2017 by John Smith

If knowledge is power, then Electronic Logging Devices (ELD) could be the most powerful device on the truck. Sure, the device at its most basic is responsible only for monitoring hours of service, but the potential of networking and integrating data is impossible to ignore.
Why settle for simple electronic logging when it can serve as a total fleet management solution in a box?
A friend of mine drives for a 10-truck floral distribution company and makes regular runs from Ontario’s Niagara region to Chicago, Michigan, and western New Jersey. The picture he paints of his distribution manager would be amusing if it were not (most likely) true. The manager must be a fellow who grew up trucking in the ’60s, and still listens to eight-track tapes of Red Sovine and Dave Dudley. The routes are badly planned, trucks are frequently diverted en route, the vehicles are always breaking down, and all communication with drivers is done over the -telephone. And he doesn’t believe in ELDs. My friend says his boss will wait until the last possible moment to equip his fleet – and then only because he must.

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U.S. rep looks to delay ELDs

July 19, 2017 by elizabeth

WASHINGTON D.C. — U.S. Representative Brian Babin is proposing a two-year delay in mandating Electronic Logging Devices in the U.S., under legislation that he introduced today.

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Research priorities approved by ATRI Board

May 3, 2017 by sehui

ARLINGTON, VA – The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) Board of Directors have approved this year’s Research Priorities as defined by ATRI’s Research Advisory Committee.

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Magellan, Samsung provide industry with “one-stop-shop”

April 25, 2017 by sehui

TAMPA, FL – GPS provider Magellan has announced it has partnered with Samsung to provide commercial-grade truck navigation and Electronic-Logging-Device (ELD) compliant software to track Hours of Service (HOS) for both short and long-haul trucking businesses.

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Big Road acquired by Fleet Complete

March 22, 2017 by sehui

TORONTO, ON – Fleet telematics and mobile workforce technology provider, Fleet Complete, has announced its acquisition of Big Road, an hour-of-service (HOS) and regulatory compliance solutions provider.

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Study finds little difference in restart models

March 11, 2017 by sehui

WASHINGTON, D.C. – New research finds little difference between the performance of drivers who take one- or two-night retarts in Hours of Service, but still finds some extra benefit to a 34-hour restart.

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ATA pleased with hours-of-service restart report

March 7, 2017 by sehui

ARLINGTON, VA – Chris Spear, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the American Trucking Association (ATA) said he was pleased with the results of a U.S. Department of Transportation report that determined there was no advantage to the burdensome restrictions placed on the use of the 34-hour restart by professional drivers.