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April 2018, TruckingInfo.com - How-To

Get Dinged Wrongly for an ELD Violation? Here's How to Challenge It

You can challenge citations you believe were in error – including ELDs – via FMCSA's DataQs process.

By Deborah Lockridge

Full enforcement of the electronic logging device mandate that went into effect April 1 means you may need to challenge incorrect citations and inspection reports. Here are tips for filing successful Data Q challenges.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, CSA, CVSA, DataQ, ELDS, Safety, ELD Mandate

April 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Q&A: Scott Sutarik on Geotab and Telematics, Past and Future

The Internet of Things, data security and data analytics will only get more important to the trucking industry as time goes on, Geotab believes.

By Deborah Lockridge

Geotab recently surpassed 1 million subscribers. We spoke with Scott Sutarik, associate vice president, commercial vehicles, about the milestone, the history of Geotab, and how far telematics has come.

Tags: ELDS, Internet of Things, Q&A, Data Analysis, Telematics, Geotab

April 2018, TruckingInfo.com - How-To

One Thing You Need to Do if You're Using Grandfathered AOBRDs

Still using AOBRDs under the ELD mandate's grandfather clause? File photo: Schneider

By Deborah Lockridge

If you’re using automatic onboard recording devices to track driver hours of service under the grandfather clause of the electronic logging device mandate, there’s something very important you need to do by mid-June, says a former commercial vehicle enforcement official who’s now a transportation consultant.

Tags: Hours of Service, DataQ, ELDS, ELD Mandate

March 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

ELD Mandate: Don’t Rest Easy If You’re Grandfathered with AOBRDs

Grandfather clause in the ELD rule excuses carriers and drivers from complying so long as they are already using automatic onboard recording devices. But it’s only a temporary fix — the clause expires in less than two years.

By David Cullen

The roughly two-year grace period for grandfathered users of AOBRDs buys time, but it risks complicating things for trucking fleets in the future.

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, Electronic Logging Devices, ELDS, ELD Mandate

March 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Where Did the Hours of Service Rules Come From, Anyway?

HOS rules were created in 1930 and would remain fundamentally unchanged until 1995, when Congress directed the DOT to establish a new set rules incorporating the latest scientific understanding of human fatigue and alertness.

By Jim Park

How the hours of service rules for truck drivers ever became a safety regulation is a question that has vexed many in the industry.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Hours of Service, Driver Fatigue, ELDS

February 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: The ELD Mandate's Unanswered Question

Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

Reactions to the long-delayed, long-debated, long-contested ELD mandate that took (partial) effect in December have been all over the map, finds Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge.

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, ELDS, ELD Mandate

January 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

How Trucking Has Evolved and Where It Could be Going

With the ELD mandate now in place, the next step is to educate fleet owners, managers and drivers on how to best use the data and high-level information they can now access. Photo: Omnitracs

By Lauren Domnick

The transportation and supply chain industry has evolved immensely throughout the past year. In 2018, with new technologies in our cabs and the ELD mandate in effect, more eyes will be on our industry.

Tags: Fleet Management Software, Analytics, Truck Parking, Omnitracs, ELDS, Big Data, ELD Mandate

January 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

ELD Mandate Transition: 4 Takeways So Far

Is it an AOBRD or an ELD? Make sure your drivers know and have the right in-cab documents. Photo: J.J. Keller

By HDT Staff

Since enforcement of the electronic logging device mandate started in mid-December, J.J. Keller reports that it is seeing problems with confusion whether a device is an ELD or a grandfathered automatic onboard recording device, as well as complaints about vendor support, and more drivers running out of hours due to delays.

Tags: J.J. Keller, Hours of Service, ELDS, ELD Mandate

January 2018, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

One Fleet's ELD Journey

ELDs make it easier to manage a fleet where drivers may transition between different sets of hours of service rules. Photo: Cal Freight

By Deborah Lockridge

No dispatcher wants to admit they didn’t know where their drivers were and how many hours they have left, says Paul Hamilton, director of transportation for Cal Freight. “But we know the truth – with that many driver’s it’s impossible to know how much time each driver has.” But ELDs mean now they truly know.

Tags: ELDS, ELD Mandate, Hours of Service, Dispatch

December 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Most Important News Posts of 2017

Photo: Jim Park

By HDT Staff

In 2017, the trucking industry saw several major news stories play out on a near daily basis. The looming ELD Mandate, new regulations, and Silicon Valley’s push into the trucking industry captured the attention of our readers in a big way this year.

Tags: Emissions Reduction, Uber, ELDS, Electric Trucks, New Year's

December 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Top 10 Feature Articles of 2017

Photo via ERoad

By HDT Staff

With 2017 in the rear view mirror, we look back at the most popular feature articles of the past year on Truckinginfo.com.

Tags: Compliance, Driver Health, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, ELDS, Big Data, Mobile Apps, Last Mile Delivery

December 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Upside of the Anti-Coercion Rule for Fleets

Screenshot via Maverick Transportation

By David Cullen

Given the headlong – and continuing – rush to comply with the electronic logging mandate that began kicking in last month, few carriers may be up to speed on the anti-coercion rule. However, fleets will want to be conversant with this rule because it can legally help drivers maximize their available driving hours.

Tags: Truck Drivers, Compliance, Hours of Service, ELDS, Driver Coercion

December 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

The Top 10 KPIs Every Fleet Manager Should Track

Driver safety scorecards help drivers understand where they rank in terms of safety. Fleet managers can reward the best drivers with incentives.  Source: MiX Telematics

By Pete Allen

ELDs will increase the amount of useful data that fleets can use to improve safety, efficiency and compliance. While KPIs will differ by fleet size and vertical, here are the most common – the ones every fleet should be tracking.

Tags: Telematics, Analytics, ELDS, Big Data, KPIs

December 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: 5 Takeaways From 2017

Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

One of the reasons HDT Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge enjoys covering trucking is because there’s always something new to write about. Here are her top 5 takeaways from the changing trucking landscape in 2017.

Tags: Regulations, Driver Shortage, ELDS, Future Trucks, Electric Trucks, Donald Trump, ADAS

December 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

How Secure is Your ELD?

By Deborah Lockridge

Ever since the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration opened up its self-certification registration system for mandatory electronic logging devices, there have been a number of new-entrant companies offering ELDs – but how confident can you be that those devices are safe from hacking or data breaches?

Tags: ELDS, Cybersecurity, ELD Mandate

November 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

70 Answers to Top ELD Questions

By HDT Staff

The ELD mandate has led to a lot of questions for fleets, with the government continuing to clarify and tweak the regulation weekly. We’ve endeavored to find answers to the most common questions that arise, starting with the basics.

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, ELDS, ELD Mandate

November 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

How ELDs Could Cut the High Cost of 'Crash Harm'

Crash harm costs in six Oregon truck crash &amp;lsquo;hot spots.&amp;rsquo;<br />

By Evan Lockridge

A pilot study by Oregon State University illustrates the high economic cost of having too few safe places for commercial truck drivers to park and rest — but an indirect solution may be on the horizon. Analysis by Business Contributing Editor Evan Lockridge.

Tags: Insurance, Research, Fatal Accidents, Crash Research, ELDS

October 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

Don't Miss This Critical Step in ELD Implementation

Photo: J.J. Keller &amp;amp; Associates

By Mark Schedler

There’s more to complying with the electronic logging device mandate than putting the devices in your trucks. Will your new ELD policies and procedures pass FMCSA’s scrutiny as adequate safety management controls?

Tags: J.J. Keller, ELDS, ELD Mandate, Drivers, Safety & Compliance, Telematics

October 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: A Whirlwind of Last-Minute ELD Preparations

Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

The ELD mandate requiring electronic logging devices to track driver hours goes into effect Dec. 18. Yet a surprising number of fleets have not yet adopted them.

Tags: Regulations, Hours of Service, ELDS, ELD Mandate

October 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Oilfield Company No Renegade When it Comes to ELDs

Renegade Wire Line Services has been running on J.J. Keller ELogs for more than three years. Photo: Renegade Wire Line Services

By Deborah Lockridge

Todd Caughey was a state trooper for 25 years who retired and took on a new career as HSE/DOT Compliance Supervisor for Renegade Wire Line Services. The company put in electronic logs back in 2014, so he has an unusual perspective on enforcement of the electronic logging device mandate.

Tags: J.J. Keller, Safety & Compliance, ELDS, ELD Mandate, Oilfield Services

October 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Ready or Not: 5 Important Questions in the Countdown to ELDs

By Fred Fakkema and Annette Sandberg

Fred Fakkema, VP of compliance at Zonar Systems, and Annette Sandberg, former administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, answer in depth five pressing questions of concern to fleets as the Dec. 18 ELD mandate compliance deadline looms ever closer.

Tags: ELD Mandate, Safety & Compliance, Zonar, ELDS

October 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Moving From Paper to ELDs Saves Time for Midwest Carrier

Mike Narvaez, safety and compliance director for R&amp;amp;M, talks about the benefits of getting rid of piles of paper. Photo: Fleetmatics

By Deborah Lockridge

Moving from paper to electronic hours of service tracking has made it easier for everyone from drivers to dispatchers to operations at R&M Trucking, which has terminals in the Chicago and Milwaukee areas.

Tags: Fleetmatics, ELDS, ELD Mandate, Fleetmatics Logbook

October 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Analysis: 3 Takeaways From This Year's FTR Conference

&amp;ldquo;Sometimes growing stronger is also the next thing that leads to the next recession,&amp;rdquo; said Dr. Larry Davidson (pictured). Photo: Evan Lockridge

By Evan Lockridge

Trying to narrow down the single, biggest point made at the annual FTR Transportation Conference would be a fool’s errand. The event was content rich, covering everything from the economy and freight to equipment and everything in between. Business Contributing Editor Evan Lockridge found three takeaways.

Tags: Economy, FTR, GDP, ELDS

September 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Fleets Talk ELDs, Specs, Self-Driving Trucks on FTR Equipment Panel

From left, Greg Eddy, president and CEO of Venture Logistics; Don Hinkle, vice president of equipment services at YRC Worldwide; and  Maverick Vice President of Maintenance Mike Jeffress. Photo by Evan Lockridge

By Evan Lockridge

How fleets think about equipment, electronic logging devices and even the future of autonomous vehicles were in the spotlight Wednesday afternoon at the annual FTR Transportation Conference in Indianapolis, as three trucking fleet people spoke on a panel about the challenges they face in today’s uncertain trucking environment.

Tags: Spec'ing, Safety & Compliance, FTR, Maverick, YRC Worldwide, ELDS, Autonomous Vehicles

September 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

What You Need to Know About ELD Mandate Enforcement

Is that an AOBRD or an ELD? Photo: Roehl Transport

By Deborah Lockridge

Whether you’ve got your electronic logging devices on order, or you’re still researching your options, there are many questions out there regarding just what’s going to happen at the roadside when the ELD mandate goes into effect Dec. 18.

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, Enforcement, ELDS, ELD Mandate

August 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Why the ELD Mandate is a Problem for Temp Drivers

Photo: ERoad

By Jim Park

For drivers working for a driver service or temporary driver pool, how do they transfer their logs from one carrier to another? The short answer is, they can't.

Tags: ELDS, ELD Mandate, Drivers

August 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

ELDs Can Open the Door to Big Data

By Jim Park

Why settle for simple electronic logging when it can serve as a total fleet management solution in a box?

Tags: ELDS, Big Data, ELD Mandate, Data Management

August 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

User Conference Highlights the Fast Pace of Change

Panel at PeopleNet presentation during the in.sight User Conference + Expo. Photo: Trimble

By Jim Beach

Change and its quickening pace was an over-riding theme at Trimble’s in.sight user conference for TMW Systems and PeopleNet customers that kicked off Aug. 14 in Nashville.

Tags: E-commerce, Trimble, PeopleNet, TMW Systems, ELDS, Autonomous Vehicles, Connected Vehicles

August 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

What Owner-Operators and Small Fleets Need to Know about ELDs

Depending on whether an owner-operator is running a single truck or a small fleet, the fleet management software options available on most devices may or may not be needed. Photo: J.J. Keller

By Jim Park

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's electronic logging device mandate is causing a lot of confusion and concern among the smallest fleets and single truck owner-operators. With just four months until the regulation comes into force, here are a few things to consider as we brace for December 18 – the date the mandate kicks in.

Tags: Drivers, Owner-Operators, ELDS, ELD Mandate

July 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

ELDs Don't Have to Be a Productivity Killer

It may turn out that the ELD mandate that hits in December will not have much further impact on driver productivity as so many fleets have already made adjustments to their operations.  Photos: iStockPhoto

By Evan Lockridge

There are steps fleets can take to offset productivity losses that can occur with the mandatory move to electronic logging devices.

Tags: Productivity, ELDS, ELD Mandate

June 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

How Nine Energy Service is Coaching Drivers With In-Cab Video

Photo: MiX Telematics

By Brett Quigley, Nine Energy Service

Nine Energy Service decided it would go beyond the ELD mandate requirements, and is adding in-cab video to its telematics strategy. The oilfield fleet's Brett Quigley writes about its decision and how it's implementing the technology.

Tags: Telematics, MiX Telematics, In-Vehicle Video, ELD Mandate, ELDS

May 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Get Ready for Trucking's Future

Jack Roberts

By Jack Roberts

The only certain thing about the future is that some companies will figure out how to make money using emerging transportation technology. Will your fleet be one of them? Commentary by Senior Editor Jack Roberts.

Tags: Regulations, E-commerce, ELDS, Future Trucks, Autonomous Vehicles

April 2017, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Ping! 3 Things You Need to Know About ELDs and Fuel Taxes

Photo: ERoad

By Sandy Johnson, Contributor

A popular selling point for electronic logging devices is that you can use the electronic records for fuel tax reporting. But the record-keeping requirements for hours of service and for IFTA/IRP are vastly different. Here's what you need to know.

Tags: Fuel Tax, ELDS

March 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

ELD Certification: What Does it Really Mean?

One ELD provider, Eroad, is using a third-party verification program to help give customers peace of mind. Photo: Eroad

By Deborah Lockridge

Motor carriers beware: FMCSA does NOT “certify” ELDs. What you need to understand about the electronic logging device mandate's "self-certification" process and how to help make sure you have a compliant device.

Tags: ELDS, ELD Mandate

March 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: Separating Electronic Logs and Hours of Service

Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

The underlying issue for many fleets really isn’t so much the notion of using an electronic device to track driver hours — it is the hours of service regulations themselves.

Tags: Hours of Service, ELDS, ELD Mandate

March 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

14 Things You Need to Know Before ELDs Become Mandatory

By Deborah Lockridge

Come Dec. 17, the paper logbooks that truck drivers have been required to use to track their hours of work and rest since the 1930s will be history for interstate trucking operations. Here are 14 things you need to know before that day arrives.

Tags: Hours of Service, ELDS, ELD Mandate

March 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Choosing a Telematics Service Provider for the ELD Mandate

By Ben Osborne

The December 2017 deadline for the ELD mandate is looming and fleets are feeling the pressure to select a telematics service provider to electronically log hours-of-service records. Unfortunately, there is no one-size-fits-all solution and fleets must examine what they need from their newly-required technology.

Tags: Telematics, Noregon Systems, ELDS, ELD Mandate

April 2017, TruckingInfo.com - Department

California Carrier Builds Own ELD

Photos: Best Yet Express

By Deborah Lockridge

California carrier Best Yet Express decided to develop its own ELD system, which would go beyond the ELD mandate that kicks in this December and become a true productivity tool.

Tags: California, ELDS, ELD Mandate

December 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

What Will the Class 8 Market Look Like in 2017?

By Steve Graham, FTR

The economy is currently on solid footing, but the Class 8 market has fallen dramatically this year. With the economy expected to grow slightly better in 2017, can we expect this to translate into a better environment for new equipment orders for the truck OEMs and their suppliers?

Tags: Economy, Truck Sales, FTR, ELDS

August 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Canada Scrambling to Develop ELD Standard

By Today's Trucking

Despite an early start on developing an Electronic Logging Device standard, Canadian regulators are now scrambling to get something in place by the time the U.S. rule takes effect in December 2017.

Tags: FMCSA, Canada, Regulations, ELDS

August 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: J.J. Keller's Tom Reader on Educating Fleets About ELDs

By Jim Park

In this Q&A we sit down with Tom Reader, director of marketing for ELDs at JJ Keller and Associates to talk about how fleets and shippers are learning to cope with the changes that will come with electronic logs.

Tags: J.J. Keller, Hours of Service, ELDS, Q&A, ELD Mandate

May 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Department

ELDs: What Happens When You Have to Rent a Truck?

Photo: J.J. Keller

By David Cullen

Truck rental and leasing companies say the electronic logs mandate presents problems for them and their customers.

Tags: TRALA, Electronic Logging Devices, ELDS, ELD Mandate

May 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Editorial

Commentary: The Dark Side of Electronic Logging Devices

Rolf Lockwood

By Rolf Lockwood

The law is one thing, company policy another, but the relationship between driver and dispatcher is where reality happens.

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, ELDS, ELD Mandate

April 2016, TruckingInfo.com - Cover Story

Living With ELDs: Getting Ahead of the Electronic Logs Mandate

Fleets can weather the ELD storm by starting now to integrate the devices into the operation.

By Jim Park

Fleets prepared to make the necessary changes to every facet of their operation will be more successful transitioning to e-logs.

Tags: Regulations, HOS, Electronic Logging Devices, ELDS, ELD Mandate

April 2016, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

5 Things You Need to Know About ELDs

Printing is one of several ways e-logs can be presented to enforcement officials at roadside. (Photo courtesy Continental VDO.)

By Jim Park

Electronic logging devices to track driver hours of service become mandatory in December 2017. Everything you need to know about compliance is spelled out in the final rule, but here's a quick look at some of the more common sources of confusion – and a few things you'll need to consider that are not spelled out in the text of the rule.

Tags: Hours of Service, ELDS

November 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

The Pounding of All the Rules

By David Cullen

The compounding effect of several new safety regulations in the next few years could have more of a negative impact on industry capacity than the individual regulations themselves.

Tags: Regulations, Insurance, FTR, Capacity, ELDS

April 2015, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Q&A: PeopleNet's New Trucking GM Mark Kessler

By Deborah Lockridge

A chat with the head of PeopleNet's new Trucking Division about big trucking issues and how better using data can help fleets win the day.

Tags: Information Technology, PeopleNet, ELDS

March 2015, TruckingInfo.com - Department

What It's Like To Eliminate Paper Logs

Langer Transport, headquartered in Jersey City, N.J., recently deployed Omnitracs&amp;rsquo; MPC50 in-cab devices which include an electronic log applications, navigation and critical event reporting.

By Jim Beach

Tank carrier Langer Transport tossed aside paper driver logs for good this January, opting to switch over to an automated hours-of-service application from Omnitracs LLC.

Tags: Information Technology, HOS, Omnitracs, ELDS, E-logs

December 2014, TruckingInfo.com - WebXclusive

Hours of Service Hot Button Questions, Part 1

By Rick Malchow, J.J. Keller

Every year, hours-of-service questions from drivers and carriers make up the vast majority of inquiries concerning the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. In this first installment in a three-part series, we look at electronic logging devices.

Tags: Hours of Service, Electronic Logging Devices, ELDS

August 2014, TruckingInfo.com - Feature

Electronic Logs Mandate: Outrage & Applause

By Oliver Patton

The electronic logging device mandate has sparked a variety of responses with some questioning and others embracing the change.

Tags: Hours of Service, FMSCA, ELDS, E-logs

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