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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.

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The complete story on ELDs

October 25, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

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.

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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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IN PRINT — ELDs Part 3: Inside the Black Boxes

August 11, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

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.

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IN PRINT — ELDs Part 2: The Learning Curve

August 11, 2016 by John Smith

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.

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Transport Canada begins consultations on ELDs

August 5, 2016 by John Smith

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.

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U.S. driver gets $276K for firing over hours of service risk

June 10, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

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.

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Alberta relaxes hours of service for carriers aiding relief

May 10, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

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.

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OOIDA Slams U.S. ELD Mandate, Files Lawsuit

December 18, 2015 by sehui

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.

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Teletrac, MeLeod Software Extend Partnership

December 17, 2015 by sehui

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.