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…
The ELD Mandate represents a big change in trucking regulations – and it’s coming soon. If you haven’t implemented electronic driver logs yet, you’ll want to explore the range of fleet efficiency benefits the various ELD manufacturers offer, so you can make a wise purchasing decision.
Fleet Owner published its annual “By the Numbers report” report last month. The story serves as a painful reminder of all it takes to operate a successful fleet in the face of rising trucking expenses today. That said, we have some good news.
With the ELD mandate expected to take effect this month, most fleets know they’ll be required to adopt automated electronic driver logs for HOS compliance.
And, while many in the commercial trucking industry recognize the complementary safety-related benefits ELDs provide, what may be less obvious are the range of fleet efficiency benefits that are part and parcel with ELD implementation.
It’s been a busy week of news focused on driver compensation for some of the trucking industry’s largest players. From the definition of independent contractors to minimum wages based on on-duty time, fleets are struggling to balance the need for quality drivers, improve driver retention (and, likewise, driver pay), and fleet profitability.
While there is some disagreement within the industry around what is considered work time and what’s not, most are in agreement on one of the transportation industry’s most pressing issues: there’s simply not enough money to go around.
On June 15-16th, the FMCSA held the Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee (MCSAC) meeting in Alexandria, Virginia. This meeting, which was open to the public, focused on the agency’s Beyond Compliance initiative. During the two-day event, ideas were discussed around the FMCSA’s current projects and its strategic plan – including discussion of a voluntary compliance program for ELDs. In addition, time was allotted at the end of each day for the public to provide comments on any of the topics discussed during the session.
On June 2-4, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) conducted its 28th annual International Roadcheck. This 72 hour event, which is the largest targeted enforcement event for commercial motor vehicles in the world, features over 1000 CVSA certified local, state, and Federal inspectors performing vehicle inspections all throughout North America. Each year, the CVSA focuses on a different category of violations. This year the theme is cargo securement, focusing on proper loading and securing of cargo. Inspections will consist of the North American Standard Level I inspection, which is the most thorough available. This features a 37 point assessment that focuses on both the vehicle as well as the driver.
It’s no surprise that the transportation industry has an age problem. The average age of drivers continues to increase, and the percentage of drivers in the 45-64 year old age group skews higher than the total workforce. Although it is a challenge, the industry needs to attract new, younger drivers. Of course, while we’re not saying it isn’t important to have a workforce with experience, logic and a diligent transportation management system dictate that there must be an influx of new blood to keep an industry viable.
With all of the chatter surrounding the electronic logging device mandate, expected in September 2015, fleets are focusing on the key benefits of how ELDs help them and their operations: reducing Hours of Service (HOS) paperwork and increasing compliance, increasing safety, and cutting operational costs. In addition to these benefits, ELDs also help fleets automate the painful process of filing for the International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA).
The great thing about the internet is that you can find almost any piece of information you’re looking for. The problem though, is that much of the information is not correct. The above quote perfectly illustrates what happens in today’s internet-driven age; just because someone says something, does not make it fact. One of the most prevalent venues for misinformation is internet message boards. While these boards provide a great social medium for expressing an individual’s view, readers should remember that this is in fact just one person’s opinion. This is particularly true for the transportation industry, as it gears up for the upcoming electronic device (ELD) mandate expected to take place in late September 2015.