CVSA International Roadcheck 2017 Results
CVSA International Roadcheck 2017 Results: What We Can Learn

On August 22, the 30th annual International Roadcheck event’s results were finally released by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) on their official website.

This event was previously conducted by the CVSA from June 6 to June 8, 2017, throughout North America.

In comparison to last year’s results, this year’s event recorded a significant growth in the total number of truck drivers and commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) that were placed out-of-service because of critical violations.

According to the CVSA, a total of 62,013 Level I-III inspections occurred throughout the event — 54,300 happened in the United States, while 7,713 were conducted in…

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The FMCSA to Outline CSA Study Action Plan During Upcoming Public Meeting
The FMCSA to Outline CSA Study Action Plan During Upcoming Public Meeting

On August 25, the FMCSA announced that it will be hosting a public meeting that’s meant to address some of the recommendations raised by a previously-conducted Congress-mandated CSA study.

This study investigated the measures and procedures that were used by the FMCSA’s CSA program in measuring and assessing the safety levels of motor carriers.

(For more information and details of the study, you can click the link to read our previously published post of the NASEM’s report on the safety measurement system study.)

The meeting is set to take place this September 8, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm…

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The FMCSA Officials Explain Dual Accounts, Edits & Unidentified Driving Time
The FMCSA Officials Explain Dual Accounts, Edits & Unidentified Driving Time

According to a recent address by the FMCSA officials, Danielle Smith (a specialist in the FMCSA’s passenger carrier division) and LaTonya Mimms (a specialist in the FMCSA’s enforcement division), independent owner-operators will need two different accounts to be fully compliant with the upcoming ELD mandate.

The FMCSA representatives also clarified a few more ELD mandate concerns about edits in driving time, the dilemma of supporting documents, and the confusion surrounding unidentified driving time.

The agency representatives were present at the Great American Trucking Show 2017, more commonly known as GATS 2017, where they gave their presentation.

In this article, we…

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3 Ways ELDs Help Drivers Prevent Driver Coercion
3 Ways ELDs Help Drivers Prevent Driver Coercion

Driver coercion is a severe and very real malpractice that exists within our trucking industry. There are some carriers who abuse the FMCSA’s regulations by forcing drivers to drive over time and undermine safety measures.

To retain employment and secure position in the company, drivers become victims of coercion, violating one or more federal regulations. These violations are easily accommodated by the employer by tampering data in paper logs, therefore evading legal consequences.

However, the introduction of ELDs and the ELD mandate is expected to upset this practice. ELDs maintain all logs automatically and allow no room to…

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FMCSA's Joe DeLorenzo clarifies ELD Mandate Concerns and Confusion Regarding ELD Data Transfer
The FMCSA Clarifies Confusions Regarding ELD Data Transfer

The FMCSA’s director of enforcement and compliance, Joe DeLorenzo, recently shared clarifications on some of the ELD mandate guidelines during a trucking conference.

The event was held in Nashville, Tennessee.

Some of the points he covered was about how the drivers are meant to transfer their RODS (Records of Duty Status) data to safety inspectors, and what they ought to do when the data transfer methods aren’t working.

Joe also included reminders and clarifications on important points that fall under the ELD mandate.

These clarifications addressed topics that members of the trucking industry often had questions about,…

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Waiting to Implement ELDs Will Hurt Your Business
Waiting to Implement ELDs Will Hurt Your Business

According to a survey, the majority of large fleets have installed electronic logging devices. Approximately 70% of the smaller fleets, however, are still waiting to implement ELDs.

If you are one of those fleets that are still waiting to install electronic logging devices, you are already late, and it may hurt your business as the ELD mandate deadline grows closer.

Waiting for the last moment to begin the ELD adoption process is a dangerous proposition. In this blog post, we explain why should not wait anymore to install electronic logging devices.

The Biggest…

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How Can Fleets Get Better at Driver Retention
How Can Fleets Get Better at Driver Retention & Driver Satisfaction?

Driver retention is one of those issues that fleets face a lot of problem with. The driver retention concern has become all the more problematic because the trucking industry is already facing a shortage of commercial drivers.

The FMCSA has also proposed two new rules to combat the problem of driver shortage, but we can’t expect it to be resolved so soon.

Moreover, with the induction of technology like electronic logging devices, the problems of driver shortage and high driver turnover rates are only going to accentuate.

In this blog post, we share a few proven tips to help…

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11 Most Frequently Asked ELD Mandate Compliance Questions
11 Most Frequently Asked ELD Mandate Compliance Questions

Although most fleets have successfully implemented ELDs, some carriers, drivers, and fleet managers are still unsure about some ELD mandate compliance questions.

So we have researched and extracted — from several forums and trucking-related websites— the most frequently asked and common ELD mandate compliance questions and answered them for our readers.

If you have any questions regarding the ELD mandate compliance, make sure you read this post and get the clarity you need ahead of the deadline.

Here are the 11 most frequently asked questions about ELD mandate compliance.

1. What is meant by ELD mandate compliance?

ELD mandate compliance means…

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The Importance of Installing ELDs for Short-Haul Fleets
The Importance of Installing ELDs for Short-Haul Fleets

We know what you must be thinking. Why should short-haul fleets install ELDs? Aren’t they exempt from the ELD mandate?

Yes, they are exempt. However, there are still so many short-haul fleets that are installing ELDs ahead of the upcoming ELD mandate deadline.

If you are a short-haul driver or fleet manager, you should probably do the same. Because the ELD mandate exemption regarding short-haul drivers is tricky and can result in you being noncompliant.

In this blog post, we explain why. To be precise, we discuss the following:

  • The definition of short-haul drivers
  • The four major ELD mandate…
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Most ELDs Too Expensive for Owner-Operators, Says New Study
Most ELDs Too Expensive for Owner-Operators, Says New Study

A report released by IBISWorld, a market analysis and research firm, suggested that many owner-operators are struggling with their transition to the ELD mandate. According to the firm’s statistics, the majority of the 3.5 million trucks that are being affected by the ELD mandate still do not have electronic logging devices installed in them.

The firm’s analysts believe that some owner-operators find ELDs to be too expensive, and that’s why they’re uneasy about getting the devices. The firm also believes that this mass delay of complying with the ELD mandate can cause problems in the near future…

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