CVSA to collect data on underride guards during normal inspections Aug. 27-31

At the end of August, inspectors in each state will be collecting data on rear impact guards during routine commercial vehicle inspections.

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance announced its Rear Impact Guard Check on Tuesday, which will be held Aug. 27-31. The organization says the enforcement initiative is a one-time, one-day event in which states will choose one day during that week to collect the data. CVSA says it will collect data on rear impact guards using Level I, II, IV or V inspections.

“It’s important to note that inspectors will be conducting business as usual and will not be doing anything differently during Rear Impact Guard Check, other than filling out a data collection form that they’ll submit to CVSA,” added Capt. Turner. “Drivers and motor carriers should not be impacted by this initiative.”

The data collection was prompted by the Stop Underrides Act of 2017, which is intended to protect car occupants in crashes where the car goes under the trailer. The organization says it was asked to weigh in on the policy Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), co-sponsors of the bill, and says it wants to collect data before offering its recommendation.

Source: https://www.overdriveonline.com/cvsa-to-collect-data-on-underride-guards-during-normal-inspections-aug-27-31/

The full announcement from CVSA: https://cvsa.org/news-entry/rear-impact-guard-check-2018/

 

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ELD Facts

Some important ELD facts that you need to know include:

 

  • As of April 1, 2018, drivers who do not compliant will be placed out of service.

Property-carrying commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers operating their vehicle must have required registered electronic logging device or a  grandfathered automatic onboard recording device will be placed out of service for 10 hours; passenger-carrying CMV drivers will be placed out of service for 8 hours.

 

  • Drivers who are placed out of service will not be allowed to start their next trip without an ELD.

Some drivers may be able to continue on to their designation after they are placed out of service with paper logs but will not be allowed to start a new trip until they are compliant.

    

  • Repeated offenses will lead to further action.

Fines will increase, safety ratings will drop and drivers may be placed out of service for longer periods of time.

    

  • ELD infractions will now count against CSA score.

During the soft-enforcement period, scores were not affected. A poor CSA score can impact being able to get insurance and good loads.

 

  • Drivers must carry supporting documents in their trucks at all times.

These documents include a Quick Reference guide, ELD malfunctions guide, paper logs and instruction manuals for the app and devices.

 

  • Malfunctioning ELDs should be repaired or replaced within 8 days.

If it is going to take longer than 8 days, an extension may be requested. This is one of the reasons it is important to a supply of paper logs in the truck.

 

  • Not all ELDs are compliant with the 395.20 mandate.

Some older AOBRD systems are grandfathered in until December 18th, 2019, however, it is best to be compliant with the current rules instead of using an obsolete system and explaining the “grandfather” clause to a compliance officer.

  • CVSA Brake Safety Week is set for September 16-26

One of the main causes of drivers being placed out of service during the safety sweep in June and July was because of faulty brakes. Always make sure that your brakes are in proper working order to avoid a ticket and being placed out of service. If you are pulled over by a compliance officer and given a ticket for your brakes you will not be able to drive again until you make the necessary repairs. Officers will be on the lookout very heavily this week.

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Ezlogz Newsletter July 22-26, 2018

 

Ezlogz Trip Planner and Points of Interest

One of the many great features that Ezlogz offers, is our easy to use Trip Planner with industry specific points of interest. The Ezlogz Trip Planner allows you to pre-plan your trip ahead of time, saving you time and money. The Trip Planner will calculate your arrival time while taking HOS regulations into account, including all breaks. Map out all fuel and reststops along your route, picking out your choice of points of interest or choose from a variety of suggestions when your break is approaching. GPS tracking, geofencing and live location tracking for trucks is also available.

Points of interest include:

  • Weigh stations, auto-calculated to open or closed
  • Available parking
  • Cross docks/warehouses
  • Truck and fuel stops-including diesel prices
  • Real-time traffic, maps, and weather
  • Mechanic shops, truck washes and truck dealers

 

With Ezlogz Trip Planner and Points of Interest you can always be aware of your surrounds. Arrive on time while staying safe and compliant!

 

Using ELD Data to Fill Empty Miles

ELD’s contain a lot of useful information about drivers and loads, which can be used to increase utilization and efficiency. Third-party logistics companies (3PL) are looking to do just that! The information created from the use ELD’s can help identify empty trucks that are ready to drive a load and alert brokers and carriers of nearby trucks availability.

There are several opt in services that would allow carriers to receive load offers based on their proximity, size and space to enhance potential business. These types of services would eliminate trucks traveling for less than market rate or traveling with empty trailers for long distances to pick up loads.

 

Source: https://www.fleetowner.com/technology/using-eld-data-fill-empty-miles

 

FMCSA Report Outlines Plan to Overhaul CSA, with Tests of New System Slated to Begin in September

The FMCSA has released a report on how it plans to proceed in reforming its Compliance, Safety and Accountability to better achieve CSA’s goals of identifying unsafe trucking companies.

The chief reform would include replacing the existing Safety Measurement System, which uses relative scoring, with a new absolute scoring system, Item Response Theory. The new scoring system would make it easier for carriers to calculate their safety scores and improve data.

The CSA hopes to start a small-scale trail period starting in September, with hopes to have the new scoring system in place by Spring 2019. The goal for the CSA is to create a more fair and accurate system that is easier to understand and calculate.

The full 10-page report, outlining the chief reforms, can be found here:

https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/sites/fmcsa.dot.gov/files/docs/mission/policy/407251/nas-correlation-study-corrective-action-plan-enclosure-final-june-2018.pdf

 

Source: https://www.overdriveonline.com/fmcsa-to-begin-testing-new-carrier-safety-scoring-system-this-fall/?utm_source=daily&utm_medium=email&utm_content=07-17-2018&utm_campaign=Overdrive&ust_id=f9d0d1993b7b12a79c0689dd71cd272c

 

Notes on Proper and Improper Use of Personal Conveyance under ELDs

In May, the FMCSA came to the decision to allow personal conveyance use from a shipper or a receiver to find a safe parking or rest area. If the driver has exhausted their hours-of-service they would be allowed to move their vehicle to a safe place to rest, which would be considered “off-duty”.

According to the head of enforcement of the FMCSA, Joe DeLorenzo, there must be two key elements in order to use personal conveyance.

One, the driver must be off duty and two, movement must be for personal reasons only.

A proper example of use would be, drivers commuting to and from work, unless a driver is under dispatch upon leaving they must be considered on duty. If a driver is forced away from a shipper but it over hours would be allowed to proceed to the nearest safe location, regardless of what direction it is in. When personal conveyance is used in such instances it must be noted in the driver log and the reason for the move.

An example of improper use would include any movement with the purpose of enhancing operational readiness. Any time spent receiving and dropping off loads should be recorded as on-duty time. If a driver is over hours, they cannot pick up a new load to get ahead of the next day. If a driver is over hours they also are not permitted to pass rest areas to get the load closer to its final destination.

Driving with an empty trailer to retrieve a load or head back to the terminal and trips for fuel and maintenance are still considered on-duty time.

It is also important to note that personal conveyance does not exempt drivers from other regulations.

 

Source: https://www.overdriveonline.com/notes-on-proper-and-improper-use-of-personal-conveyance-under-elds/?utm_source=daily&utm_medium=email&utm_content=07-25-2018&utm_campaign=Overdrive&ust_id=f9d0d1993b7b12a79c0689dd71cd272c

 

Blockchain: Are There Benefits to Early Adoption?

For the trucking industry, there could be some completive advantages to early adoption of blockchain technology. Blockchain is distributed, decentralized ledger database used to record digital transactions that are shared in a secure way. Blockchain stores block of information, much like the internet does. It allows digital information to be securely stored but not copied. This would help expedite and better secure freight transactions for shippers and carriers.

In trucking, blockchain technology could ensure better asset utilizations and help the industry more accurately forecast and predict volumes, several of the intermediaries between the shipper and the carrier could be eliminated, strengthening the communication between shipper and carrier. The driver would be able to better monitor and know the vehicle was operating under the right framework. After the freight was completed blockchain would then provide an audit of the process for fleets to see what they can improve on.

Drivers and fleet owner/operators would also be able to better detect maintenance and quality assurance elements of all their trucks and equipment. Blockchain would be able to provide a trustless record, with the ability to see everything that has happened to each vehicle in its entire lifetime.

Some other benefits of blockchain include:

  • Transparency of price, ownership, and entire freight movement to directly resolve informational disputes
  • Reduction of costs of regulation compliance
  • Improved traceability and trackability
  • Expedited claims settlements
  • Better ability to make smarter decisions to optimize business and ensure smoother planning
  • Eliminating fraud

The Blockchain in Transport Alliance is a global initiative to bring blockchain into trucking to enhance the efficient of freight movement. The alliance was formed by experienced tech and transportation executives to create a forum for the development of blockchain standards in education for the freight industry. Their goal is to bring together leading companies in freight technology industries that have a vested interest in the development of blockchain technology.

 

Sources: https://www.fleetowner.com/technology/blockchain-are-there-trucking-benefits-early-adoption

https://www.fleetowner.com/electronic-security/blockchain-trucking-what-about-middlemen

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Blockchain: Are their Benefits to Early Adoption?

Blockchain: Are There Benefits to Early Adoption?

For the trucking industry, there could be some completive advantages to early adoption of blockchain technology. Blockchain is distributed, decentralized ledger database used to record digital transactions that are shared in a secure way. Blockchain stores block of information, much like the internet does. It allows digital information to be securely stored but not copied. This would help expedite and better secure freight transactions for shippers and carriers.

In trucking, blockchain technology could ensure better asset utilization and help the industry more accurately forecast and predict volumes, several of the intermediaries between the shipper and the carrier could be eliminated, strengthening the communication between shipper and carrier. The driver would be able to better monitor and know the vehicle was operating under the right framework. After the freight was completed blockchain would then provide an audit of the process for fleets to see what they can improve on.

Drivers and fleet owner/operators would also be able to better detect maintenance and quality assurance elements of all their trucks and equipment. Blockchain would be able to provide a trustless record, with the ability to see everything that has happened to each vehicle in its entire lifetime.

Some other benefits of blockchain include:

  • Transparency of price, ownership, and entire freight movement to directly resolve informational disputes
  • Reduction of costs of regulation compliance
  • Improved traceability and trackability
  • Expedited claims settlements
  • Better ability to make smarter decisions to optimize business and ensure smoother planning
  • Eliminating fraud

The Blockchain in Transport Alliance is a global initiative to bring blockchain into trucking to enhance the efficient of freight movement. The alliance was formed by experienced tech and transportation executives to create a forum for the development of blockchain standards in education for the freight industry. Their goal is to bring together leading companies in freight technology industries that have a vest interest in the development of blockchain technology.

 

Sources: https://www.fleetowner.com/technology/blockchain-are-there-trucking-benefits-early-adoption

https://www.fleetowner.com/electronic-security/blockchain-trucking-what-about-middlemen

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Notes on Proper and Improper Use of Personal Conveyance under ELDs

Notes on Proper and Improper Use of Personal Conveyance under ELDs

In May, the FMCSA came to the decision to allow personal conveyance use from a shipper or a receiver to find a safe parking or rest area. If the driver has exhausted their hours-of-service they would be allowed to move their vehicle to a safe place to rest, which would be considered “off-duty”.

According to the head of enforcement of the FMCSA, Joe DeLorenzo, there must be to key elements in order to use personal conveyance.

One, the driver must be off duty and two, movement of the vehicle must be for personal reasons only.

A proper example of use would be, drivers commuting to and from work unless a driver is under dispatch upon leaving they must be considered on duty. If a driver is forced away from a shipper but it over hours would be allowed to proceed to the nearest safe location, regardless of what direction it is in. When personal conveyance is used in such instances it must be noted in the driver log and the reason for the move.

An example of improper use would include any movement with the purpose of enhancing operational readiness. Any time spent receiving and dropping off loads should be recorded as on-duty time. If a driver is over hours, they cannot pick up a new load to get ahead of the next day. If a driver is over hours they also are not permitted to pass rest areas to get the load closer to its final destination.

Driving with an empty trailer to retrieve a load or head back to the terminal and trips for fuel and maintenance are still considered on-duty time.

It is also important to note that personal conveyance does not exempt drivers from other regulations.

 

Source: https://www.overdriveonline.com/notes-on-proper-and-improper-use-of-personal-conveyance-under-elds/?utm_source=daily&utm_medium=email&utm_content=07-25-2018&utm_campaign=Overdrive&ust_id=f9d0d1993b7b12a79c0689dd71cd272c

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FMCSA Report Outlines Plan to Overhaul CSA, with Tests of New System Slated to Begin in September

FMCSA Report Outlines Plan to Overhaul CSA, with Tests of New System Slated to Begin in September

The FMCSA has released a report on how it plans to proceed in reforming its Compliance, Safety and Accountability to better achieve CSA’s goals of identifying unsafe trucking companies.

The chief reform would include replacing the existing Safety Measurement System, which uses relative scoring, with a new absolute scoring system, Item Response Theory. The new scoring system would make it easier for carriers to calculate their safety scores and improve data.

The CSA hopes to start a small-scale trail period starting in September, with hopes to have the new scoring system in place by Spring 2019. The goal for the CSA is to create a more fair and accurate system that is easier to understand and calculate.

The full 10-page report, outlining the chief reforms, can be found here:

https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/sites/fmcsa.dot.gov/files/docs/mission/policy/407251/nas-correlation-study-corrective-action-plan-enclosure-final-june-2018.pdf

 

Source: https://www.overdriveonline.com/fmcsa-to-begin-testing-new-carrier-safety-scoring-system-this-fall/?utm_source=daily&utm_medium=email&utm_content=07-17-2018&utm_campaign=Overdrive&ust_id=f9d0d1993b7b12a79c0689dd71cd272c

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Using ELD Data to Fill Empty Miles

Using ELD Data to Fill Empty Miles

ELD’s contain a lot of useful information about drivers and loads, which can be used to increase utilization and efficiency. Third-party logistics companies (3PL) are looking to do just that! The information created from the use ELD’s can help identify empty trucks that are ready to drive a load and alert brokers and carriers of nearby trucks availability.

There are several opt-in services that would allow carriers to receive load offers based on their proximity, size and space to enhance potential business. These types of services would eliminate trucks traveling for less than market rate or traveling with empty trailers for long distances to pick up loads.

 

Source: https://www.fleetowner.com/technology/using-eld-data-fill-empty-miles

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Ezlogz Newsletter July 16-20, 2018

Ezlogz Newsletter July 16-20, 2018

Introducing Ezlogz, an ELD service written for truckers by truckers. The development of this ELD service was created by people who were out in the field and know exactly what truckers would be looking for. It was not written by a techie with no trucking experience.

Ezlogz has language support including, English, Spanish, French, Ukrainian and Russian, with the potential for other languages!

There is also a vast array of other features that no other ELD app offers that will make the truckers life much easier! Our trip planner and POI (Points of Interest) customized to show you your favorite spots to stop at as well as weigh stations. You can receive notifications to alert you when it is almost time for a break and will give you the best place to stop to make sure you don’t have any HOS violations. Get weather alerts that signal trouble ahead.

Ezlogzs includes a social network with in-fleet messaging. This works like other popular social networks but without the added distractions. It is a great way to keep in contact with your fleet and other drivers – and family!  The Instant Messaging feature allows direct communications between the back office and drivers which often can be better than a phone because drivers can view the communications record on their tablet or phone long after the messaging is completed.  Phone calls aren’t written down and details can be forgotten, especially for detailed work orders.

Vehicle Diagnostics also included. This feature remains to be extremely important to make sure that your vehicle is always compliant and using fuel efficiently. Knowing ahead of time that there is an issue that needs to be fixed will save violations, Out of Service times and hefty fines.

 

CVSA Safe Driver Week

In 2015, 3,852 people were killed in crashes involving large trucks. Of the fatalities, a majority were the occupants of cars and other passenger vehicles while 16% were truck occupants. Nearly all these fatal crashes were caused by the drivers of both commercial vehicles and passenger vehicles practicing unsafe driving habits.

During the CVSA’s Safe Driver Week, happening July 15-21, 2018, the CVSA will be working with the FMCSA and other local law enforcement agencies across North America looking out for unsafe driving habits. In addition to heightened enforcement, there will also be educational and awareness programs being offered in several areas.

It is the goal of the CVSA and FMCSA to greatly reduce the number of crashes caused by unsafe driving habits. The emphasis will be on

  • Distracted driving, including texting while driving and other activities that take your eye off the road.
  • Failure to obey traffic laws, such as following too closely, unsafe lane changes, speeding and not following traffic lights and signals.
  • Failure to wear a seatbelt.

Safe driving habits should always be followed to make sure that fatal accidents do not happen under your watch. The life you save may be your own.

https://cvsa.org/program/programs/operation-safe-driver/operation-safe-driver-week/

https://cvsa.org/news-entry/2018-osd-week/

 

ELD Saves Lives- Driver Involved in a Double-Fatal Crash After Being Placed Out-of-Service

The FMCSA served a New Mexico driver, Ernisto S. Mora, with an effective shutdown order as an “imminent hazard to the public safety” and ordered him not to operate any commercial vehicle in interstate commerce on July 3rd.   The incident leading to the federal order occurred on June 13th at 3:55 PM CDT when Mora veered into oncoming traffic in a construction zone in Pratt County, Kansas. Mora’s passenger, as well as the driver of the other truck, were both killed in the accident.

During a roadside inspection at 10 AM that same day, Mora had been placed out-of-service for 10 hours for failure to provide any record-of-duty-status. The driver’s truck had also been placed out-of-service with “numerous safety deficiencies,” according to the FMCSA. The violations included severely worn tires and defective breaks. FMCSA regulations require that vehicles with violations should not be driven until all repairs are made. In this instance, the tractor had been repaired but not the trailer.

During the investigation of the fatal crash, the FMCSA estimated that the driver had been driving continuously for at least 38 of the 45 hours prior to the crash. It was also discovered that the electronic logging device (ELD) may have been disabled or disconnected in prior trips.

Mora has been charged by the State of Kansas for two counts of involuntary manslaughter. Other charges include following too closely, operating a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) after being declared out-of-service, and for violating hours-of-service (HOS) safety regulations that are designed to prevent fatigued driving.

Ezlogz strongly supports the use of ELDs to save lives. Your drivers risk their lives every day that rogue operators like this are let loose on US roadways. Fleet managers also have an obligation to monitor their driver’s behavior to prevent abuse. Rogue operators attempt to drive down freight rates. Make sure we all have a level playing field.

Sources:

https://www.overdriveonline.com/driver-involved-in-fatal-crash-while-over-hours-limits-shut-down-by-fmcsa/?utm_source=daily&utm_medium=email&utm_content=07-09-2018&utm_campaign=Overdrive&ust_id=f9d0d1993b7b12a79c0689dd71cd272c

https://www.americanshipper.com/main/full/driver-charged-with-manslaughter-hos-violations-71898.aspx

 

2,000 Trucks Placed Out-of-Service

During the CVSA’s International Road Check that took place this past June, The Texas Department of Public Safety inspected a total of 7,980 commercial motor vehicles (CMV). Of all the vehicles inspected, nearly 25% of them were placed out-of-service for a total of 1,975 CMVs.

The majority of violations were due to faulty brakes and defective tires. When a vehicle is placed out-of-service if cannot be driven again until all repairs are properly made. Other violations included failure to have the proper license for the type of vehicle as well as other HOS violations.

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ELDs Saves Lives – Driver Involved in a Double-Fatal Crash After Being Placed Out-of-Service

The FMCSA served a New Mexico driver, Ernisto S. Mora, with an effective shut down order as an “imminent hazard to the public safety” and ordered him not to operate any commercial vehicle in interstate commerce on July 3rd.   The incident leading to the federal order occurred on June 13th at 3:55PM CDT when Mora veered into oncoming traffic in a construction zone in Pratt County, Kansas. Mora’s passenger, as well as the driver of the other truck, were both killed in the accident.

During a roadside inspection at 10AM that same day, Mora had been placed out-of-service for 10 hours for failure to provide any record-of-duty-status. The driver’s truck had also been placed out-of-service with “numerous safety deficiencies,” according to the FMCSA. The violations included severely worn tires and defective breaks. FMCSA regulations require that vehicles with violations should not be driven until all repairs are made. In this instance, the tractor had been repaired but not the trailer.

During the investigation of the fatal crash, the FMCSA estimated that the driver had been driving continuously for at least 38 of the 45 hours prior to the crash. It was also discovered that the electronic logging device (ELD) may have been disabled or disconnected in prior trips.

Mora has been charged by the State of Kansas for two counts of involuntary manslaughter. Other charges include following too closely, operating a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) after being declared out-of-service, and for violating hours-of-service (HOS) safety regulations that are designed to prevent fatigued driving.

EZ Logz strongly supports the use of ELDs to save lives. Your drivers risk their lives every day that rogue operators like this are let loose on US roadways. Fleet managers also have an obligation to monitor their driver’s behavior to prevent abuse. Rogue operators attempt to drive down freight rates. Make sure we all have a level playing field.

 

Sources:

https://www.overdriveonline.com/driver-involved-in-fatal-crash-while-over-hours-limits-shut-down-by-fmcsa/?utm_source=daily&utm_medium=email&utm_content=07-09-2018&utm_campaign=Overdrive&ust_id=f9d0d1993b7b12a79c0689dd71cd272c

https://www.americanshipper.com/main/full/driver-charged-with-manslaughter-hos-violations-71898.aspx

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CVSA Operation Safe Driver Week: July 15-21, 2018

Traffic safety personnel will be on the lookout for unsafe commercial and passenger vehicles. The ultimate goal for this enforcement to work towards zero deaths on the roadways.

Unsafe behaviors such as distracted driving, failure to use seatbelts and disobeying traffic laws count for a majority of crashes on our roadways. Without these dangerous habits, a majority of accidents can be avoided. CVSA’s Operation Safe Driver Week was created to help reduce the number of deadly crashes involving large trucks and other vehicles. During Operation Safe Driver Week, there will be increased CMV and passenger vehicle traffic enforcement.

The CVSA will work with the FMCSA and other transportation agencies across North America with the use of educational and traffic enforcement strategies, aiming to improve the habits of all drivers, especially involving CMVs.

To find out more information about events happening in your area, contact the agency in your jurisdiction.

Contact information can be found at: https://cvsa.org/contactpage/contacts/law-enforcement-lead-agency-contacts/

Source: https://cvsa.org/news-entry/2018-osd-week/

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