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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
BOSTON, MA – In August 2012, a bottled water truck driver starting out from Massachusetts realized that a severe thunderstorm and heavy traffic wouldn’t allow him to complete his delivery within his legal hours of service. What did he do? To the chagrin of his employer, the driver dropped off the load at a closer facility, where a secondary delivery could be arranged later.
CALGARY, AB – The Government of Alberta has relaxed hours of service and operating authority regulations for operators directly engaged in the evacuation and relief efforts for Fort McMurray and the surrounding area.
GRAIN VALLEY, MO – Just mere days after the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration unveiled regulations that will take effect in two years requiring most U.S. truckers to use electronic logging devices (ELD) the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has filed a lawsuit to stop the requirement.
GARDEN GROVE, CA – A telematics provider and a trucking software company have extended their partnership into a new realm. By connecting the Teletrac Fleet Director Hours of Service (HOS) platform with McLeod Software’s LoadMaster, which manages transportation dispatching and accounting, fleet managers can quickly review drivers’ HOS statuses and create U.S.-compliant loads assignments, according to an announcement.
ARLINGTON, VA — New analysis of changes to the 34-hour restart provisions in U.S. hours of service rules for truckers confirms what many in the trucking have been saying since they took effect.
From app developer BigRoad comes DashLink, a low-cost, 395.15-compliant, engine-connected paperless driver log tool for Android mobile devices
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Much-reviled restart rule will be suspended after Senate approves omnibus spending bill with rider pertaining to hours of service.
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.
TORONTO — The dust is settling from the lump of coal that thudded at the foot of truckers just before Christmas in the form of new hours-of-service rules.
A new rift between Ottawa and Queen’s Park has emerged over Canadian HOS rules — further loosening the feds’ grip on extra-provincial carriers.