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Q. I recently discovered that a driver in a team didn’t log his activities, and instead they were assigned to his co-driver. What’s the recommended way to fix the drivers’ records?

A. As with other mistakes on drivers’ records, if time is assigned to the incorrect driver in a team driving situation... READ MORE

Tags: Fleet Management, ELDs

Author: Scott Sutarik | Posted @ Wednesday, April 18, 2018 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Q. I’ve heard that it’s the fleet’s responsibility to make sure we’re using a registered ELD. Is that true?

A. Yes, it is the fleet’s responsibility to ensure that the ELD devices on their trucks are registered... READ MORE

Tags: Fleet Management, FMSCA, ELDs

Author: Scott Sutarik | Posted @ Wednesday, April 18, 2018 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Q. Recently, because of a hardware failure, I had to replace the ELD in one of our fleet’s trucks. What do I need to do to make sure that driver’s records are up-to-date?

A. In the case of replacement — because of a hardware or other failure — or equipment reset, it’s required that... READ MORE

Tags: ELDs, ELD Mandate

Author: Scott Sutarik | Posted @ Thursday, March 29, 2018 11:49 AM | » Comments(0)

Q. During the course of the week, my drivers switch trucks several times. We’re using two different ELD solutions from different providers that are incompatible with each other, so there’s a high prob

A. It’s the responsibility of the fleet and the driver to make sure that all of the record of duty status (RODS) information required by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA), including hours of service (HOS) data, is available for review during a roadside inspection... READ MORE

Tags: HOS, FMSCA, ELDs, ELD Mandate

Author: Scott Sutarik | Posted @ Thursday, March 29, 2018 11:41 AM | » Comments(0)

Q. I know that my drivers are supposed to have supporting documents on board. What information should be in these documents?

A. The rules for the contents of supporting documents have been clearly defined by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). They must include the following four elements... READ MORE

Tags: FMCSA, ELD, ELD Mandate

Author: Scott Sutarik | Posted @ Thursday, March 29, 2018 11:31 AM | » Comments(0)

Q. If a driver operating from Canada or Mexico is stopped for inspection by U.S. authorities, how must the driver verify his or her compliance to the ELD rule?

A. Drivers operating in the U.S., who are subject to the ELD rule, must record all of his or her time operating in the U.S. on an ELD, and... READ MORE

Tags: ELDs, ELD Mandate

Author: Scott Sutarik | Posted @ Monday, March 5, 2018 12:24 PM | » Comments(0)

Q. In case of an ELD malfunction correcting itself after a driver has reconstructed his or her RODS, must these reconstructed records be presented during an inspection?

A. Yes, the driver must present both the reconstructed records and the ELD data... READ MORE

Tags: ELD, ELD Mandate

Author: Scott Sutarik | Posted @ Monday, March 5, 2018 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Q. Is it possible for a fleet to set up two accounts for the same driver reflecting both exempt and regular status?

A. No, the ELD rule clearly prohibits having multiple accounts for one driver. Instead... READ MORE

Tags: ELD, ELD Mandate

Author: Scott Sutarik | Posted @ Monday, March 5, 2018 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Q. We hired an owner-operator as one of our fleet’s drivers in January. He has a grandfathered AOBRD. Can he still use it even if the rest of the fleet is using an ELD solution?

A. In this situation, yes, the owner-operator employee can use his AOBRD as long as it was... READ MORE

Tags: ELDs

Author: Scott Sutarik | Posted @ Friday, February 16, 2018 2:24 PM | » Comments(0)

Q. Of the five supporting document types/categories, are there any that drivers can provide electronically?

A. Yes, there are two categories that can be supplied electronically: electronic mobile communications and payroll records. These records may be part of a larger... READ MORE

Tags: ELDs

Author: Scott Sutarik | Posted @ Friday, February 16, 2018 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Q. Can a driver’s ELD user account be authorized for use for both his or her driver functions and administrative functions?

A. Unfortunately, no this single ELD user account cannot be authorized for both functions... READ MORE

Tags: ELDs

Author: Scott Sutarik | Posted @ Friday, February 16, 2018 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Q. I’ve heard that there’s a new waiver for rental trucks? Is that true?

A. Yes, that is true. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has published a waiver... READ MORE

Tags: FMCSA, ELDs, ELD Mandate

Author: Scott Sutarik | Posted @ Wednesday, January 31, 2018 10:58 AM | » Comments(0)

Q. I have an AOBRD that has just become inoperable, but is still under warranty. Can I replace it with a new, working unit?

A. Yes, if your AOBRD is still under warranty and became inoperable after the Dec. 18, 2017, deadline, then you can replace it with... READ MORE

Tags: ELDs, ELD Mandate

Author: Scott Sutarik | Posted @ Wednesday, January 31, 2018 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Q. I operate a fleet that’s based in Canada and regularly do business in the U.S. Do I need an ELD when my drivers are working in the U.S.?

A. Yes, drivers who work and drive in the U.S. for Canadian or Mexican companies must... READ MORE

Tags: ELD, ELD Mandate

Author: Scott Sutarik | Posted @ Wednesday, January 31, 2018 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Q. On the new ELD system is there a limit on the number of miles per year to be exempt from ELD logs or is it just the 150 Mile radius?

A. There are exemptions to the ELD rule, however... READ MORE

Tags: FMSCA, ELDs, ELD Mandate

Author: Scott Sutarik | Posted @ Tuesday, January 16, 2018 2:41 PM | » Comments(0)

Q. I haul gas locally within 150 mile radius and go home every night. Do we have to have electronic logs?

A. You may be exempt if... READ MORE

Tags: ELDs, ELD Mandate

Author: Scott Sutarik | Posted @ Tuesday, January 16, 2018 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Q. What would be the cost for ELDs for a 40-50 truck fleet?

A. Geotab uses a reseller network exclusively... READ MORE

Tags: ELDs, ELD Mandate

Author: Scott Sutarik | Posted @ Tuesday, January 16, 2018 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Q. 10-hour rest period. Is it okay for the company to wake you up during the 10-hour rest period to tell you about your next load?

A. Great question! The FMCSA clarified this in an FAQ... READ MORE

Tags: ELDs, ELD Mandate

Author: Scott Sutarik | Posted @ Tuesday, January 16, 2018 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Q. I have a 2000 model year truck with a specially ordered factory installed 1999 model year engine. Do I need an ELD or would I be exempt?

A. The FMCSA has clarified this in an FAQ . From the FMCSA... READ MORE

Tags: ELD, ELD Mandate

Author: Scott Sutarik | Posted @ Tuesday, January 16, 2018 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Q. We haul fertilizer from a retailer to farm locations, or frequently grain at harvest time from the farm to the elevator, all within 150 miles of our primary location. Will we need ELDS?

A. The FMCSA has recently exempted the agriculture industry from the mandate for 90 days (from December 18th) to review... READ MORE

Tags: ELDs, ELD Mandate

Author: Scott Sutarik | Posted @ Tuesday, January 16, 2018 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Q. If I have a short term lease customer with a non CDL will they be required to utilize a ELD? Do you have a list of ELD exceptions to reference outside searching the website?

A. We do have a blog post that lists common exemptions, but there are a large number of them... READ MORE

Tags: ELDs, ELD Mandate

Author: Scott Sutarik | Posted @ Tuesday, January 16, 2018 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Q. E Log Exemptions, I know engine model year 2000...Is that the stamped date on a motor or the model date on the truck? Thank you. Example: Truck is dated 2000, engine is 1999.

A. The FMCSA has clarified that it is indeed the engine year, not model year. From the FMCSA... READ MORE

Tags: ELDs, ELD Mandate

Author: Scott Sutarik | Posted @ Tuesday, January 16, 2018 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

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