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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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ELDs and Rental Trucks: What You Need to Know

As the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) Mandate goes into force in December 2017, truck drivers won’t want to be caught in a truck without a device. Whether your trucking fleet is grandfathered in with an automatic on-board recording device or will be getting an ELD for the first time, ELDs are an essential part of any fleet’s compliance plan. As drivers come to rely on ELDs in daily use, it raises a big question: what happens if you’re in a truck without an ELD? For instance, your truck breaks down and you’re put in a short-term lease truck. Who’s responsible…

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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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Supreme Court Will Not Hear OOIDA’s ELD Lawsuit

In April, the Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) asked the Supreme Court to reevaluate a lower court ruling to maintain the ELD Mandate, stating that the rule violates the Fourth Amendment. As reported by Commercial Carrier Journal today, the highest court has declined to hear OOIDA’s case. According to CCJ, the Supreme Court’s decision “effectively ends OOIDA’s court challenge. “This news means there should be no further actions that can occur in order to overturn the December 18, 2017 compliance deadline for the ELD Mandate. Carriers that have been waiting for the rule to be overturned should now take…

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Can You Afford to Not Pass the ELD Test?

Any driver or fleet hoping to be able to just avoid getting by without electronic logging devices even after the December 18 ELD Mandate kicks in should think again. This is a test every fleet and driver has to take. The exemptions for the ELD Mandate are very specific, and there is not much room for interpretation. It’s critical that carriers and drivers understand that complying with the new rule almost certainly will be easier, less risky, and — if they are ever caught skirting the rules — a lot of less expensive. The FMCSA has already published the Out…

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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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Hire a Hero

As ELD technology continues to transform the trucking industry, companies need drivers who can learn quickly. Most veterans have received training on cutting-edge technology that make them great candidates as drivers.  They also have the leadership skills and diverse experience that allow them to learn, adapt quickly, and accurately interpret data to help them make strategic decisions. This skillset is exactly what the industry needs. In addition, US regulators have made it easier for veterans to get jobs in the trucking industry by simplifying the application process. As part of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) act that was signed…

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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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