ELDs
Opinion

Opinion: The Financial Case for Technology Investment

It’s no secret that technology is rapidly changing the business of trucking. Electronic logging devices, automation, electric power and advancements in telematics are or may soon affect the way transportation companies plan, execute, compete and succeed.

Sean Maharaj | Director, Transportation Logistics and Retail Practices, AArete
May 7, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

A Day at the Inspection Pit: Truck Drivers Display ELD Compliance

Police Inspection Vilbert inspects a tire by Eric Miller/Transport Topics

DUMFRIES, Va. — Under gray skies on the cold morning of April 3, Sgt. Steve Vilbert of the Virginia State Police lay in wait on an Interstate 95 exit ramp ready to nab any truck driver who hadn’t installed an electronic logging device on his truck. Just two days after a soft-enforcement period for ELD usage had ended, history told Vilbert there could be some violators.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
April 4, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

ELDs Hot Topic at MATS as April Enforcement Nears

MATS ELDs DeLorenzo by John Sommers II for Transport Topics

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The federal mandate of electronic logging devices has been in effect since late last year, but some truckers still had lingering questions about the finer points of regulation just days before the deadline for stricter enforcement.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
March 28, 2018
Editorial

Editorial: FMCSA’s Listening, Will You Talk?

As of April 1, truck drivers may now be placed out of service for failing to record hours of service using an electronic logging device. There are a few exceptions, but the soft-enforcement phase of the ELD mandate is behind us, and the situation is more real for some drivers: Plug in an ELD, or pull off the highway.

Transport Topics
March 28, 2018
Government, Business, Technology

Spending Bill Includes Extension of ELD Exemption on Livestock

The U.S. Capitol The U.S. Capitol on March 21, 2018 (J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press)

Motor carriers that haul livestock will be exempted from the federal electronic logging device mandate until Sept. 30 under language included in a $1.3 trillion omnibus funding measure the U.S. House of Representatives advanced March 22.

Eugene Mulero | Staff Reporter
March 21, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment

Fleets Rely on In-House, Outside Expertise to Keep Onboard Technology Up and Running

A Velociti technician works on in-cab technology A Velociti technician installs an onboard computer in a truck cab. (Velociti)

The rapid expansion of onboard technology — electronic logging devices, telematics systems and in-cab video — brings with it the challenge of servicing this equipment. Ensuring that repairs are handled quickly is essential to maximizing utilization and staying compliant with the ELD mandate.

Bruce Lilly | Special to Transport Topics
March 16, 2018
Government, Business, Technology

FMCSA Clarifies ELD Guidance for Horse Haulers

Horse trailer TT File Photo

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued a new slate of guidelines to mitigate confusion over whether livestock haulers, including those who transport their horses, are required to install electronic logging devices on their trucks or possess a commercial driver license.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
February 26, 2018
Technology, Equipment, Fuel

ELD Mandate Presents Opportunity to Boost Fuel Efficiency, Technology Vendors Say

Orbcomm ELD Carriers can offset the cost of ELDs through added features designed to enable fuel-economy improvements and other operational efficiencies, vendors say. (Blue Tree Systems, an Orbcomm company)

Complying with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s electronic logging device mandate may create new expenses for new adopters of the technology, but the devices also could generate fuel savings for carriers depending on the type of system they deploy and how they use the data.

Mindy Long | Contributing Writer
February 12, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety

Regulators Consider Up to One-Year Exemptions for ELD Integration Challenges

Old Dominion Freight Line truck Old Dominion Freight Line on Jan. 19 was granted a 90-day waiver from HOS laws as they applied to the ELD mandate that went into effect Dec. 18. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)

Federal trucking regulators are considering granting a one-year exemption from certain technical requirements of the electronic logging device mandate for carriers having difficulty integrating ELD software updates with their fleet managment systems.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
January 30, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment

ELD Compliance: More Thoughts From Key Executives

More comments from key executives on the state of ELD compliance, one month after the mandate went into effect.

Daniel P. Bearth | Senior Features Writer
January 26, 2018

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