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Q. I’ve heard that there are two new exemptions to the upcoming ELD mandate. Is that true? And if so, what are they?

A. Yes, it is true. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has granted two temporary exemptions to the ELD mandate... READ MORE

Tags: Regulations, ELD Mandate

Author: Scott Sutarik | Posted @ Tuesday, November 14, 2017 2:58 PM | » Comments(0)

Q. Is an ELD provider required to notify its fleet customers if its ELD solution has been removed from the FMCSA’s ELD registration list due to non-compliance?

A. No, ELD providers are not required to notify its customers their devices have been removed from the ELD registration list due to non-compliance... READ MORE

Tags: Regulations, ELDs, ELD Mandate

Author: Scott Sutarik | Posted @ Tuesday, November 14, 2017 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Q. During a roadside inspection, is it required to have unassigned driving reports available?

A. Yes, it is required that the inspected driver’s profile and the unidentified driver profile be available as separate reports during a roadside inspection... READ MORE

Tags: Regulations, ELDs, ELD Mandate

Author: Scott Sutarik | Posted @ Tuesday, November 14, 2017 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Q. What is driver harassment in the context of the ELD mandate, and how is it addressed?

A. In the context of the ELD mandate, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) defines harassment as an action a fleet takes toward one its drivers that it knew... READ MORE

Tags: FMCSA, Drivers, ELDs, ELD Mandate

Author: Scott Sutarik | Posted @ Monday, October 16, 2017 12:55 PM | » Comments(0)

Q. ELD records can be “edited” and “annotated” according to the rule, what’s the difference?

A. According to the FMCSA’s technical specifications, an edit is a change to an ELD record that doesn’t overwrite the original record... READ MORE

Tags: Drivers, FMSCA, ELDs, ELD Mandate

Author: Scott Sutarik | Posted @ Monday, October 16, 2017 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Q. If a driver can’t transfer ELD data electronically to an official at a roadside stop, will the driver be ruled out of compliance?

A. No the driver will not be ruled out of compliance in this situation... READ MORE

Tags: Drivers, ELDs

Author: Scott Sutarik | Posted @ Monday, October 16, 2017 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Q. I know that drivers must have an ELD information packet available, but can this information packet be in electronic format?

Yes. The user’s manual, instruction sheet, and malfunction instruction sheet can be in... READ MORE

Author: Scott Sutarik | Posted @ Wednesday, September 6, 2017 10:56 AM | » Comments(0)

Q. For the week preceding the implementation of the ELD mandate (Dec. 11-17), can drivers use paper logs prepared during that time, or will they be required to present their RODS on ELDs?

Yes, drivers will be able to present their logs from the seven days... READ MORE

Author: Scott Sutarik | Posted @ Wednesday, September 6, 2017 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Q. How can the ELD display screen be configured to reflect special driving categories such as yard moves or personal conveyance?

It is not required for fleets to configure its driver user accounts to authorize... READ MORE

Author: Scott Sutarik | Posted @ Wednesday, September 6, 2017 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Q. Are there any vehicle exemptions under the ELD Mandate?

A. Vehicles with an engine model year before 2000 READ MORE

Tags: Geotab, ELDs

Author: Scott Sutarik | Posted @ Friday, August 25, 2017 12:09 PM | » Comments(0)

Q. What information will ELDs be required to collect?

A. ELDs are required to record the following data elements READ MORE

Tags: Geotab, ELDs

Author: Scott Sutarik | Posted @ Friday, August 25, 2017 11:55 AM | » Comments(0)

Q. How can telematics be used to improve driver behavior?

A. By monitoring a driver’s behavior in near real-time fleet managers can identify READ MORE

Tags: Drivers, Geotab, ELDs

Author: Scott Sutarik | Posted @ Friday, August 25, 2017 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Q. What are the record retention requirements with ELDs?

A. As part of its Electronic Logging Device (ELD) Mandate, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has established rules covering retention of record of duty status (RODS) data... READ MORE

Tags: Geotab, ELDs

Author: Scott Sutarik | Posted @ Thursday, August 3, 2017 3:21 PM | » Comments(0)

Q. Can you define the various duty status categories?

A. There are four driver duty status categories: driving, on-duty, sleeper berth, and off-duty. Driving time is defined as the time the driver actually spends behind the wheel of a truck in operation. Driving time is recorded automatically by the ELD and cannot be... READ MORE

Author: Scott Sutarik | Posted @ Thursday, August 3, 2017 3:19 PM | » Comments(0)

Q. What is the key information that ELDS will be required to collect?

A. There are questions surrounding what data electronic logging devices (ELDs) will automatically record while a vehicle is being driven. Under the ELD mandate, an ELD will be required to record the following information... READ MORE

Tags: Geotab

Author: Scott Sutarik | Posted @ Thursday, August 3, 2017 3:10 PM | » Comments(0)

Q. Can I still run paper logs on a ‘99 or older truck?

A. In short, 1999 and older vehicles will continue to be able... READ MORE

Tags: ELDs

Author: Scott Sutarik | Posted @ Tuesday, July 18, 2017 8:05 AM | » Comments(0)

Q. Can this device be installed on older trucks, specifically 1991 & 1999 Freightliners?

A. Installation varies by make, model, and year. The 1991 would require a 3 wire install as it utilizes a mechanical engine. A 3 wire install is an installation where we... READ MORE

Tags: Telematics, Geotab

Author: Scott Sutarik | Posted @ Friday, June 9, 2017 12:19 PM | » Comments(0)

Q. What is the timeframe for compliance?

A. Motor carriers using paper logs are required to have ELDs installed and in use by December 2017. Fleets using AOBRD devices must be using certified, registered ELDs by December 2019. READ MORE

Author: Scott Sutarik | Posted @ Tuesday, June 6, 2017 2:11 PM | » Comments(0)

Q. Who does the new ELD rule impact?

A. Essentially all CMV carriers that operate across state lines will be impacted. Any driver who maintains 8 or more days worth of duty status logs, out of 30 days, will require an ELD... READ MORE

Author: Scott Sutarik | Posted @ Tuesday, June 6, 2017 2:10 PM | » Comments(0)

Q. What is an ELD?

A. ELD = Electronic Logging Device An electronic logging device (ELD) is a device that attaches to a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) to synchronize with the engine and record Hours of Service (HOS)... READ MORE

Tags: Regulations, Geotab, ELDs

Author: Scott Sutarik | Posted @ Tuesday, June 6, 2017 2:08 PM | » Comments(0)

Q. What are the different types of ELD malfunctions?

A. Like any other device, it is expected that electronic logging devices (ELDs) will likely malfunction on occasion. There are a number of reasons why. Following is an overview of the more common reasons an ELD may malfunction... READ MORE

Author: Scott Sutarik | Posted @ Tuesday, June 6, 2017 2:02 PM | » Comments(0)

Q. What is being done to prevent drivers from being harassed into committing an HOS violation?

A. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has included provisions protecting drivers using electronic logging devices (ELDs) from being harassed into violating Hours of Service (HOS) regulations... READ MORE

Tags: Drivers, Regulations, Geotab, ELDs

Author: Scott Sutarik | Posted @ Tuesday, June 6, 2017 1:59 PM | » Comments(0)

Q. How does a driver edit or annotate a record?

A. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) provides specific details on editing and annotating electronic logging device (ELD) records. The FMCSA defines an edit as a change to the ELD record that does not overwrite the original record... READ MORE

Tags: Drivers, Regulations, Geotab, ELDs

Author: Scott Sutarik | Posted @ Tuesday, June 6, 2017 1:56 PM | » Comments(0)

Q. I have an AOBRD, why do I need an ELD?

A. Technically you do not need to switch your automatic onboard recording device (AOBRD) to an electronic logging device (ELD) until December 16, 2019. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), trucks equipped with AOBRDs that meet the requirements of CFR 395.15 have two additional years to meet the ELD rule. READ MORE

Tags: Geotab, ELDs, AOBRD

Author: Scott Sutarik | Posted @ Tuesday, May 2, 2017 10:38 AM | » Comments(0)

Q. What does a driver need to do if his/her ELD malfunctions?

A. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) offers clear directions on what needs to be done in case an electronic logging device (ELD) malfunctions. First, the driver must note the fact that the ELD malfunctioned... READ MORE

Tags: Regulations, Equipment, Geotab, ELDs

Author: Scott Sutarik | Posted @ Tuesday, May 2, 2017 10:35 AM | » Comments(0)

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Scott Sutarik

Business Development, OEM Sales Manager

Scott Sutarik is the Business Development, OEM Sales Manager at Geotab Inc. He has extensive experience within the truck manufacturing industry, specializing in medium duty and heavy duty trucks. He previously worked in sales and marketing at Navistar Inc. where he supported over 700 dealerships, worked with suppliers and telematics providers, and managed the OnCommand Connection Program. With his expertise in telematics, regulatory compliance, engine diagnostics, and alternative fueled vehicles, Scott provides training and works with Geotab's partners to develop leading-edge fleet management solutions for the trucking industry.

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