Press and rumors tend to ignite a lot of feelings about ELDs and a lot of that takes off down the grapevine to have a life of its own. But, truth be known, there are a lot of misgivings about ELDs that need to be cleared up (and not taken to be gospel). So even if your Momma didn’t feed you a bunch of bull, you may have heard at least one of these untruths.
If we were to analyze thoroughly how Bluetooth has affected our lives, we will most likely find that it holds immense importance. For starters, our cell phones wirelessly connect to speakers, cars and other devices through Bluetooth. This is the reason why hackers are interested in this new trend where many electronic devices are becoming Bluetooth compatible.
This might seem like something out of a James Bond movie but the fact remains that vehicular cyber-sabotage is possible and is happening around the world. The cars we drive today are quite different than the ones from a generation ago. From TV screens to automated voice GPS systems to Bluetooth connections to our handheld devices, it was only a matter of time before a hacker in a basement figured out how to hotwire a car without wires.
As you may know, the profit margins in the trucking industry are thin. Moreover, in times of economic downturn, the escalation and volatility of fuel cost only adds to the misery of trucking companies. Fuel cost is the second largest expenditure for these companies. As you may have guessed, reducing fuel consumption and maximizing fuel efficiency is one of the major objectives of all truck fleet operators. Although fuel costs are beyond the control of the industry, fleet managers can take several steps to streamline fuel costs:
Changing times are having an impact on all industries and trucking is no exception. The US trucking industry employs more than 3.5 million people. The trends that are dominating this industry have a major impact on the drivers and are also taking the industry ahead. These trends, which are shaping the future, are discussed below:
If you go through the FMCSA’s ELD mandate you will learn that a few categories of vehicles & drivers are exempt from this rule. For example, pre-2000 vehicles don’t need to have ELDs, towaway drivers and drivers who do not have to maintain RODS are also exempt.
Many fleets have decided to use the electronic logging device even when they know they are exempt. Let’s discover why.
COLLINS, CO – Another industry first was achieved on Tuesday when a self-driving, commercial 18 wheeler loaded with 2,000 cases of beer made a successful 120 mile delivery from Ft. Collins, CO to Colorado Springs.
Otto, Uber’s Self-Driving Vehicle Division partnered with Anheuser-Busch to make the historic 120-mile commercial delivery without any issues, or a driver. The successful delivery marks what Uber and Anheuser-Busch believe is the future of commercial freight transportation.
To enhance safety and minimize accidents the FMCSA has introduced many Hours of Service (HOS) rules. One such rule is the 30-minute break rule which was introduced on December 27, 2011.
The rule requires CMV drivers to take a compulsory 30-minutes break after 8 hours of continuous driving. Drivers should bear in mind that they don’t need to take a break after 8 hours if they are involved in other non-driving tasks within that period. These tasks include fueling, loading or unloading cargos, waiting time, etc. The rule does not restrict the driver from other activities or limit them to only driving.
The cost-benefit analysis (CBA) is done by Transport Canada and the result brings 2:1 ratio of benefit over cost for ELDs. During the analysis, it is found that ELDs are an effective compliance tool to minimize drivers’ fatigue. Besides, the technology offsets the chance of a driver reporting incorrect data on a paper logbook.
The FMCSA is considering raising the insurance minimums for the first time since the 1980s. For this very reason, fleets can’t afford to let poor recordkeeping compromise CSA scores which, in turn, increases insurance premium. ELDs can help a great deal with this issue.