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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

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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

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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 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)

Q. Does a local truck with a gross vehicle weight of 26,000 lbs need to have an ELD?

A. You may be able to use a short haul exemption as outlined in CFR 395.1. This would depend on the nature of your business and how far the trucks operate. Please refer to the FMCSA website or your local DOT department for more details on your specific ELD requirements. READ MORE

Tags: ELDs, ELD Mandate

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

Q. How are companies going to restructure routing of drivers so that a driver is not out in the middle of nowhere when his ELD says to shut down?

A. Great question, we would recommend... READ MORE

Tags: ELD, ELD Mandate

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

Q. How will you stack the trucks when 20000 run out of driving time at the same time and truck stops and rest areas are full now?

A. This is a comment that we have heard from many drivers and fleets... READ MORE

Tags: ELDs, ELD Mandate

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

Q. If I have a AOBRD do use paper logs or just have to show them the device?

A. You can find more details about using a grandfathered AOBRD in CFR 395.15... READ MORE

Tags: ELDs, AOBRDs

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

Q. Our fleet consists of 25 passenger shuttle buses and 2 school buses. Will we be required to use ELD on our shuttle buses or school buses?

A. There are many factors that dictate whether or not you will need an ELD... READ MORE

Tags: ELDs, ELD Mandate

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

Q. Are there any exemptions for companies that manufacture CMVs Trucks & Buses? If so what are they? Are there exemptions for testing a truck or bus for manufacturing companies of CMVs?

A. You may be exempt from ELD’s based on the drive-away-tow-away exemption... READ MORE

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

Q. What is required of the ELD office administrator as far record keeping is concerned? Is he/she required to do daily reporting? Weekly? I understand that you must keep six months of ELD records.

A. There is some day-to-day maintenance that is recommended such as... READ MORE

Tags: ELDs, ELD Mandate

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

Q. Does a truck weighing less than 26000 lbs and staying within the 150 air mile radius need the ELD device?

A. You may be exempt if you remain within 150 air miles of your home location... READ MORE

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

Q. When is personal conveyance supposed to be used?

A. It is to be used when the vehicle is used by a driver who is... READ MORE

Tags: ELD

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

Q. How do I know if my drivers or vehicles may be exempt from having to use or be equipped with an ELD? Can you tell me all of the exemptions under the rule?

A. There are a number of ELD recordkeeping exemptions and exceptions that may affect certain fleets... READ MORE

Tags: ELDs, ELD Mandate

Author: Scott Sutarik | Posted @ Thursday, December 7, 2017 4:15 PM | » Comments(0)

Q. I’ve heard that ELD violations aren’t going to count against CSA scores. Is this true?

A. This is true at least during the first months after the ELD mandate comes into effect. The federal government recently announced that drivers cited during roadside inspections for not complying with the ELD mandate after the Dec. 18, 2017, deadline will receive a “no points cite” that will not affect the safety measurement system that feeds into the Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) scores. While there will be no points assessed with these initial citations, the fines associated wi READ MORE

Tags: ELDs, ELD Mandate

Author: Scott Sutarik | Posted @ Thursday, December 7, 2017 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Q. Can drivers operate an ELD-equipped truck even if they aren’t required to track their RODS with an ELD?

A. Yes, drivers can operate an ELD-equipped truck and still use their exemption... READ MORE

Tags: ELDs, ELD Mandate

Author: Scott Sutarik | Posted @ Thursday, December 7, 2017 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

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)

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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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