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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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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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ELD MANDATE FINAL REGULATION: WHO GETS AN EXEMPTION?

A primary element of the final Electronic Logging Device (ELD) regulation published in December 2015 was a definition of who needs to comply, and who gets an exemption. There are three scenarios describing fleets who can operate without an ELD, but who still must account for activities in Hours of Service: Pre-2000 Vehicles:  If the vehicle has a manufacturing date before the year 2000, the use of an ELD is not required. This stems from the fact that many vehicles manufactured before 2000 do not have an ECM that can provide the data being collected.  However, since there are vehicles…

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