// 

ELDs: Self-Certified Doesn’t Mean Verified

A recent article on Heavy Duty Trucking (HDT) has shed light on one of the biggest misconceptions in the transportation industry in recent memory: what it really means to have a “certified” ELD.

You might be thinking that “certification” sounds very official and that vendors touting that label have undergone vigorous testing to verify that their ELD device complies with new regulations. News flash: they haven’t! All this means is that they simply said “I’m an ELD.”

Tom Cuthbertson, Omnitracs vice president of regulatory affairs, helps to explain by saying “it’s a registration process; it’s not a certification process…

 // 

ELD Mandate Upheld in OOIDA Court Case

In a unanimous decision, the United States Court of Appeals voted on October 31st, 2016 to uphold the ELD Mandate in the case that was filed by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA). What Was This Case All About? Back in mid-September, OOIDA argued their case against the Department of Transportation to have the ELD Mandate overturned. In their case, OOIDA stated that the ruling should be vacated for five reasons: ELDs will not record enough information automatically because of the need for human involvement in the process The rule fails to protect drivers from harassment because the term “driver…

 // 

Canadian ELD Announcement Almost Here!

Sometime soon, the CCMTA (Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators) is expected to release the final ruling on the Canadian ELD mandate requirements. Industry expert Tom Cuthbertson indicates that many of the rules that have been adopted in the U.S. Federal mandate are seen in the early version of the Canadian ELD mandate. Currently, Cuthbertson is reviewing and providing comments to the CCMTA, so there is still time for changes to occur before the final regulation is released. For more information on you can expect in the Canadian ELD, click here. Subscribe below to stay in the know with valuable…

 // 

Top Five Mistakes to Avoid in ELD Implementation

Make your fleet’s compliance transition as smooth as possible. Wayne Brown, VP of Information Technology at Maverick Transportation shares his insight and lessons learned during his team’s ELD-predecessor implementation of 1500+ trucks. With the December 2017 ELD compliance date approaching, some fleets have already started working toward ELD compliance. Maverick’s first-hand experience with the process of adopting Electronic Onboard Recorders (EOBRs) offers a unique opportunity to share valuable tips for the road ahead. 1. Choose the right ELD technology — not the cheapest. You may be tempted to go with the cheapest or easiest ELD solution on the market, but…

 // 

Supply and Demand Chain Executive Taps Regulatory Expert Tom Cuthbertson on, “The ELD Mandate Is Here, Now What?”

The ELD mandate has caused quite a buzz within not only the traditional for-hire trucking space, but also among all the related industries who rely upon trucking to move goods from point A to point B. Supply chain logistics and private freight movement are two great examples. Supply and Demand Chain Executive published an article on July 12, 2016 featuring Omnitracs VP of Regulatory Compliance Tom Cuthbertson on the subject of the ELD mandate, fleets losing out by taking a wait-and-see-approach, and compelling stats about the fines that can be avoided by acting fast and acting now. With an emphasis…

 // 

Time Flies—But the ELD Mandate Is Still Coming

Now that we are in June, it is hard to believe that we’re almost halfway through 2016. Equally hard to believe is that it has been 6 months since the FMCSA issued a ruling on the ELD Mandate. Prior to the FMCSA announcement on December 11, 2015, the industry was abuzz with news and conjecture about this new piece of legislation. After years of anticipation, when was the ruling ACTUALLY going to happen? What were the exact details going to entail? Everyone was talking about it! Now that the ruling has been issued, though, we are seeing what amounts to…

 // 

Why Aren’t Providers Rushing to Self-Certify on the FMCSA Web Site?

It is important to note that products listed on the FMCSA web site are “self-certified” by the manufacturer and merely registered with, not verified by, the FMCSA.  Any product which claims self-certification is subject to challenge, which may trigger rigorous testing and risk potential removal from the market until the challenge is proved or disproved.  Or, it may not.  Right now, it’s not clear what the challenge process may or may not entail; that’s something in the FMCSA’s proverbial inbox.  Regardless, one thing is certain.  For fleets, device removal from the market during a compliance challenge could represent significant cost…

 // 

FMCSA Safety Fitness Determination

In January, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration published the Safety Fitness Determination (SFD) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, seeking to revise its safety fitness methodology by “integrating on-road safety data from inspections, along with the results of carrier investigation and crash reports, to determine a motor carrier’s overall safety fitness on a monthly basis,” as reported by HDT magazine. Trucking groups have voiced criticism over the approach, issuing a letter on April 11 to FMCSA Acting Administrator Scott Darling, to express its concern over the timing and details of the proposed rule. The initial comment period for the proposed rule…

HOS fines are racking up! $343,647,360.00 HOS fines since the beginning of 2016*
Share:
What could you do with that kind of money?
image description Gallons of fuel 127,749,948
image description Truck tires 1,381,135
image description Smokey & The Bandit DVDs 68,729,472
image description iTunes downloads of
Eastbound and Down
115,479,524
image description Miles of road paved with $ 68,729,472
image description Driver salaries 68,729,472
HOS fines add up fast and kill your profits.
* Based on fine amounts ranging from $150-$1100