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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…

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Understanding Manual Driver Events: Personal Conveyance and Yard Move

The new rules allow fleets to make personal conveyance and yard moves available to their drivers. This can only be done by allowing it or disallowing it. Unlike automatic duty changes, drivers must manually choose when they start and stop using these statuses. Driving activity for these statuses will be shown in the RODS, but the time is logged differently for each of these statuses so it’s important to know how this can affect your operations. On the grid graph that goes with the log, yard moves and personal conveyance will be shown in the off-duty line and the on-duty…

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Whoa, We’re Halfway There! (Don’t Live on a Prayer)

When you woke up this morning, it may have felt like any other day but it actually marks another important milestone for the ELD Mandate. As of today, the ELD Mandate deadline is only 180 days away. That’s just six months — or half a year! No matter how you count the days, the deadline is right around the corner. For many, this news may be a bit of a wake-up call as you realize that the subject of so many conversations for the last three-plus years is now rapidly becoming a reality. If you haven’t begun looking into an ELD…

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Canadian ELD Update

We have been engaged with CCMTA Canada since 2012 regarding the Canadian ELD Mandate and there has been notable movement in the past year. 2012 was when Omnitracs first provided comments to the Canadian government and in July of 2016 we were asked to submit additional comments and suggestions, which we provided technical suggestions to the then proposed requirements. Approximately three weeks ago, Omnitracs received another version of the regulation and we were requested to supply comments on the technical specifications of the regulation. We submitted additional commentary and had confirmation of understanding discussions on submitted comments with Canadian Council…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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