All posts by Tom Cuthbertson

Debunking the Myth Around ELD and Crossing Borders

There have been many different stories in the trucking business throughout the past six months when it comes to questions of ELD compliance among Canadian and Mexican drivers and trucking companies operating in the United States. The rumor was that non-U.S. drivers and/or trucking companies could avoid complying with the much-talked-about Electronic Logging Device (ELD) Mandate, which took effect Dec. 18, 2017, as long as their trucks returned to the home bases outside the U.S. every night. As with most rumors there’s a bit of truth to that — but only a part. The new regulation does grant a waiver…

Canada Announces ELD Mandate Draft, Gives 60 Days for Public Comment

This week, the first draft of the long-awaited Canadian ELD Mandate was published. This news came at the same time as the deadline carriers had to comply with the U.S. version of the ELD Mandate. Canadian Minister of Transport Marc Garneau met with transportation leaders in Ontario this week to present the rule, which will be finalized in Canada Gazette II. Like the U.S. version, the Canadian ELD Mandate won’t change the Hours of Service regulations, just how drive time is recorded and reported. The rule will require replacing paper logs with a regulation-compliant device that connects directly to the…

Expect ELD Mandate Violation Fines Starting December 19, 2017

With so much recent anti-ELD Mandate activity, including nationwide protests, it’s easy to forget the facts: the ELD Mandate will go into effect on December 18, 2017, and the very next day enforcement has the ability to start inspection violations for missing or incomplete logs. It is true that ELD violations won’t impact CSA scores until April of next year, however non-compliant trucks that are pulled over by enforcement are still subject to fines. At this time, we do not know how prominent the inspection violations will be in early days after the mandate or how much those fines are….

What to Consider in a Carrier ELD Mandate Policy

With the ELD Mandate rapidly approaching, it is a good idea for carriers to look at policies and procedures — whether establishing new ones when converting from paper or revisiting existing ones when using automatic onboard recording devices (AOBRDs). Every company is different and should consult legal counsel when working on these policies, however, there are some items that carriers can consider when initiating these conversations based on carrier best practices and the content of the ELD Mandate. You may already have an Hours of Service policy that indicates drivers are to comply with the requirements of 49 CFR 395.3…

ELD Mandate Update: Short Term Rental Exemption

Previously, we reported that the Truck Renting and Leasing Association (TRALA) filed for an exemption with the FMCSA for short-term rental vehicles from requiring ELDs for short-term breakdowns for up to 30 days. The FMCSA published in the Federal Registry, as of October 10, 2017, that an exemption will be granted for short-term trucks. Instead of covering trucks rented for 30 days, as petitioned by TRLA, the FMCSA will grant the exemption for trucks rented eight days or fewer. Here are the key things to know: This exemption covers a rental period of eight days or fewer, whether or not…

FMCSA Offers ELD Mandate Learning Events in October

The ELD Mandate compliance date is rapidly approaching and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is offering several opportunities for carriers to ask questions and get clarification on the rule this month. Don’t miss the chance to hear straight from FMCSA on how to prepare. Wednesday, October 11, 2017, and Thursday, October 12, 2017 FMCSA will be holding an event at the Davis Travel Center in Stony Creek, Virginia as part of their ELD Implementation National Tour. Representatives from FMCSA will be at the travel center to answer questions about ELD implementation and supply resources to help carriers get…

Top ELD Questions about Short Haul

In today’s delivery world, balancing customer service demands with company needs such as controlling costs and filing IFTA paperwork is a daily challenge. Many short haul operations can now add the ELD Mandate to that list, but there is a lot of confusion out there as to who really needs to comply. As defined in the FMCSA Hours of Service Regulations, in order to meet the definition for short haul, you must: Start and return to the same location within 12 hours Drive no more than 11 hours Have ten consecutive hours off between shifts Maintain your time clock function…

ELD Mandate FAQs – RODS Requirements, Exemptions, and Agricultural Trucks

As the deadline looms for the ELD Mandate, many fleets still seek answers to common questions. Here are a few questions and answers to help. Will my RODS requirements change after the ELD Mandate goes into force? Keep this one key fact to keep in mind: Nothing has changed about which drivers must keep a Record of Duty Status (RODS) in a log. The ELD Mandate only specifies the tools used to keep the log. If the regulation you were using before ELD was exempt from RODS , it will still be exempt after the ELD. If I’ve never needed…

ELD Mandate FAQs – Malfunctions, 7 Days of RODS, Older Model Trucks

It won’t be long until we look back at this time of ramping up to the ELD Mandate nostalgia. Everyone in the industry wants to get this transition right and not cause themselves any problems when dealing with enforcement. In the spirit of education, here are some answers to common questions that we’re hearing as fleets and drivers prepare for life after December 2017. What do I do if the ELD stops working? If the ELD malfunctions for some reason, you can keep driving. Now, keep in mind there’s a difference between a truck that goes out of service for…

When Thinking About the ELD Mandate, Don’t Forget Time for Training

An ancient proverb says “He who hesitates is lost,” and that old piece of wisdom now applies to the owners and operators of the several million large trucks operating in the United States who have yet to install Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) on those vehicles. Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s mid-June decision not to hear the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association’s argument against the federal mandate requiring nearly all large commercial trucks to be equipped with ELDs, owners and operators now have four months to comply. The ELD Mandate, passed by Congress in 2012 and outlined in detail by the Department…

HOS fines are racking up! $343,647,360.00 HOS fines since the beginning of 2016*
What could you do with that kind of money?
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image description Truck tires 1,381,135
image description Smokey & The Bandit DVDs 68,729,472
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HOS fines add up fast and kill your profits.
* Based on fine amounts ranging from $150-$1100