FMCSA issues reminder for AOBRD deadline

The Department of Transportation is warning drivers currently running Automatic On Board Recording Devices (AOBRD) that they’re almost out of time to switch to an approved ELD. 

On June 18, The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) reminded drivers that they only have a few short months left to make the switch from AOBRD to ELD.

The FMCSA posted on Facebook a reminder that on December 16, 2019 all drivers currently operating AOBRD must switch to an ELD registered with the FMCSA. Here’s the list of ELDs self-certified by the manufacturer: https://eld.fmcsa.dot.gov/List. The FMCSA concluded in their post that, “if the device you are considering is NOT on the list, it’s NOT an ELD.”

If you use Ezlogz, you can switch from AOBRD to ELD with the click of a button. However, with other carriers it may be a more painful process and you might find yourself searching the market for a new FMCSA-compliant ELD. 

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Truck driver sacrificed himself to save others in crash on I-94

Two semi truck drivers were killed in a crash on I-94/41 on Wednesday. The crash happened in a construction zone near Mount Pleasant in Racine County Wisconsin.

Sheriff Christopher Schmaling stated, in a press conference, that the crash began when a semi truck driving southbound on I-94 made a lane change and hit a construction barrier. The driver then swerved and crashed into the median wall, which sent the median wall into oncoming traffic in the northbound lanes.

Three vehicles traveling northbound collided into the median and each other. In that moment, the second semi truck traveling northbound chose to heroically drive off the interstate to avoid colliding with the over vehicles ahead of him. This sent him crashing 30 feet below the interstate, where his truck burst into flames and hung off of the side.

Both semi truck drivers died at the scene and two other people are suffering from serious injuries.

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Automation might not wipe out truck drivers

A new study by researchers Maury Gittleman and Kristen Monaco published by the Center of Transportation and Logistics, argues that despite contrary belief, truck drivers may not be at such a high risk of losing their jobs due to automation.

Gittleman and Monaco found among the 2-3 million estimated truck drivers that could lose their jobs, according to multiple media sources, may not be the case. Their research uses data on employment, job tasks, and operational characteristics to identify market segments that are more likely to be impacted by technology. In addition, Gittleman and Monaco considered whether autonomous truck deployment may weaken labor market churning on long-haul trucking.

During their research they found that a small amount of workers of the truck driving occupation which will be most affected. Gittleman and Monaco found three factors that attributed to the inflation:

  • The count of truck drivers is increased due to a misunderstanding of its occupational classification used in federal statistics
  • Truck drivers do more than drive and these non-driving tasks will continue to be in demand
  • Some segments of trucking will be easier to automate than others

In conclusion, the research suggests that even though autonomous truck will change how goods are transported through the nation, not all truck driving jobs will be easily automated and still require human labor. Technology may transform the trucking driving industry but it won’t eliminate the need for truck drivers.

Source: https://ctl.mit.edu/events/thu-05242018-1200/are-truck-driving-jobs-headed-rapid-elimination

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Peterbilt and Kenworth recalled for faulty mirror glass

PACCAR Incorporated is recalling 2020 Peterbilt 567, 579, and Kenworth T680, T880 and W990 vehicles due to a defect in the mirror glass which may cause the glass too detach as a result from inadequate adhesion.

As a result, if the mirror glass detaches from the mirror carrier plate the driver will not only have reduced visibility but the glass can become a road hazard and increases the risk of a crash or injury to other drivers and pedestrians.

In a statement from PACCAR roughly 4 percent of the 3,907 recalled trucks are expected to have the problem. The recalled trucks were built from Feb. 14 to March 6.

PACCAR notified the dealers on May 31 and customer notices go out June 20-21. Designated dealers will inspect the upper mirror glass/mirror carrier to determine if it needs replacing. Kenworth owners may contact PACCAR customer service at 1-425-828-5888 and Peterbilt owners may call 1-940-591-4220.

PACCAR’s numbers for this recall is 19KWC and 19PBC.

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Alabama Passed Bill to Lower Minimum Age for Truck Drivers

The state of Alabama, announced a new law to lower the minimum age for truck drivers to 18, instead of 21, in hope to aid the truck driver shortage. The bill was signed by Gov. Kay Ivey last week but won’t go into effect until Feb. 7, 2020.

The law will help the truck driving industry attract more people, as we face a nationwide shortage. While it might attract a younger audience, it’s still up to local business in Alabama if they want to hire 18 year olds with CDL’s. As they need to consider if the increased insurance rates is something they can afford.

There are restrictions for the young drivers, which include:

  • Limited to Class A CDL only
  • No hazmat or passenger endorsements
  • Prohibited from operating oversize or specially configured loads requiring a permit from ALDOT
  • Limited to commercial driving within the State of Alabama only

Alabama Trucking Association President Frank Filgo says, “This legislation is a win-win for motor carriers, shippers and consumers,” and “The ongoing truck driver shortage, now estimated to be more than 60,000 nationally, is a burden to the economy. With the passage of this bill, additional drivers will help advance long-term, sustainable profitability for Alabama motor carriers and suppliers.” Lowering the age requirement will not only benefit the trucking industry but the economy as well.

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USDOT & The Future of Self-Driving Semi Trucks

The United States Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and FMCSA proposed on May 21st their rule-making on regulations to safely introduce automated driving systems (ADS). They’re currently seeking public comments on what approaches to propose to address potential challenges.

The U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao says, “One of the Department’s priorities is to prepare for the future by engaging with new technology while addressing legitimate public concerns about safety, security, and privacy, without hampering innovation.” While some of us speculate the results of self-driving semi trucks, Tesla released on November 16, 2017 a Tesla Semi prototype by Jerome Guillen who’s also the former Model S Program Director and VP of Vehicle Engineering at Tesla. However, a year and a half later on April 25, 2019 Tesla announced that they will be delaying their electronic semi truck production. Although Tesla isn’t the only company manufacturing self driving semi trucks, there are many laws and regulations that have to pass for these trucks to be fully compliant on the road, not only with state but federal too.

In an article written by the U.S Department of Transportation, Preparing for the Future of Transportation: Automated Vehicle 3.0, the DOT included a letter from Elaine L. Chao. The letter summarized many benefits the economy will have if automated vehicles were to hit the road.

Along with potential benefits, however, automation brings new challenges that need to be addressed. The public has legitimate concerns about the safety, security, and privacy of automated technology. So I have challenged Silicon Valley and other innovators to step up and help address these concerns and help inform the public about the benefits of automation.

Chao wrote this in 2018, and nearly two years later the FMCSA and DOT are moving faster in the direction of having a future with self driving semi-trucks.

The FMCSA is seeking public comments to further develop its rules to account for both human drivers and the future of self driving semi trucks. The questions focus on topics such as: HOS rules, requirements of human drivers, CDL endorsements, medical qualifications, distracted/safe driving, inspections, roadside inspections, repair, maintenance, and cybersecurity. There will be a 60-day comment period ending on July 20, 2019. The FMCSA is strongly encouraging public feedback, if you’d like to leave a comment please go here, all the requirements are listed on the FMCSA website.

Source: https://www.transportation.gov/av/3

https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/newsroom/us-department-transportation-seeks-input-testing-vehicles-automated-driving-systems

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2019 Inspection Blitz: What to Expect

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) announced that the 2019 International Roadcheck will begin on June 4th and end June 6th. The inspection will be taking place throughout all of North America. During the 72-hour blitz, CMV inspectors will be inspecting both the commercial motor vehicles and the driver.

Most drivers who are inspected will receive the full 37 point North American Standard Level I Inspection. Every year the International Roadcheck focuses on a specific category of violations, this year they’re focusing on steering and suspension systems. According to the CVSA, inspectors may also conduct, “Level II Walk-Around Driver/Vehicle Inspection, Level III Driver/Credential/Administrative Inspection or Level V Vehicle-Only Inspection.” If no violations are found during the inspection a CVSA decal will be applied to the vehicle. The decal indicates the vehicle passed the inspection from a CVSA certified inspector. On the contrary, if there are violations present the CVSA certified inspector may issue the vehicle out of service. The vehicle cannot resume operating until the violations are corrected, the same goes for a driver who is issued out of service.

The International Roadcheck is the biggest enforcement program on CMV’s in the world. The CVSA states that, “around 17 trucks and buses inspected, on average, every minute in Canada, the United States and Mexico during a 72-hour period.” This means during the inspection blitz that roughly 24,480 CMV’s are inspected every 24-hours.

Source: https://cvsa.org/news-entry/2019-roadcheck-dates-focus/

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FMCSA Seeking Public Feedback to Allow Drivers Ages 18-20 to Operate CMV in Interstate Commerce

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The U.S Department of Transportation’s FMCSA announced that they’re seeking public comment on allowing a potential pilot program to allow drivers ages 18-20 to operate CMVs in interstate commerce. The transportation industry is a crucial factor to our economy. It’s unclear if the FMCSA is acknowledging the driver shortage we face, however by lowering the age requirements to operate a CMV in interstate commerce it may be a small piece to the puzzle.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao says, “Commercial trucks and buses are essential to a thriving national economy, and the Department wants to ensure the public has an opportunity to comment on this important potential change”.

As of last year the FMCSA launched a pilot program allowing 18-20 year olds to operate CMVs in interstate commerce, provided that they must have military training. This was granted by the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. Currently, the second pilot program the FMCSA is requesting comments on, if passed will allow drivers under 21 to operate CMVs interstate without having military training.

The FMCSA is requesting feedback on the training they should consider, as well as, vehicle safety systems, driving limitations, and qualifications to include in the second pilot program.

The FMCSA is requesting comments on the following questions:

  1. What data are currently available on the safety performance (e.g. crash involvement, etc.) of 18-20-year-old drivers operating CMVs in intrastate commerce?
  2. Are there concerns about obtaining insurance coverage for drivers under 21 who operate CMVs in intrastate commerce, and would these challenges be greater for interstate operations?
  3. What is the minimum driving experience that should be required for a driver to be admitted to a pilot?
  4. What kind of supervision, and how much, should be required for drivers under 21 in a pilot?
  5. Should there be any specific training / qualification requirements for mentors, supervisors or co-drivers? If so, what type of training or qualifications?
  6. Should FMCSA require that participating motor carriers establish a formal apprenticeship program according to Department of Labor Standards? If so, why?
  7. Should there be time or distance restrictions on younger drivers? If so, what should these be and why?
  8. Should younger drivers have more limited hours of service, such as a maximum of 8 hours of driving each day? If so, what limits should be applied and why?
  9. Should younger drivers be prohibited from transporting hazardous materials, passengers, and/or operating tank vehicles or oversize/overweight vehicles? Should there be other restrictions?
  10. What safety standards should participating drivers have to meet? Are the requirements from the Under 21 Military Pilot program appropriate?
  11. What action(s) should the Agency consider taking if drivers in this pilot program are convicted of violations while operating in interstate commerce?
  12. At what point should FMCSA remove a driver or motor carrier from a pilot program?
  13. Should FMCSA include requirements for safety equipment or on-board recording systems in a pilot program for younger CMV drivers? If so, what equipment and why?

If you’d like to leave a comment please visit here, the comment period ends 07/15/2019

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Powered by Ezlogz

Ezlogz is the fastest growing and expanding logistics company in the Northwest. With our headquarters office located in Vancouver, WA, another office in Illinois, and two locations in Europe. We’re proud to say within the next few months we will be opening our first office in Toronto, Canada, so we can fully serve our Canadian partners too.

On December 16, 2019 all U.S carriers must be ELD compliant. Luckily, for our customers who are currently running AOBRD, we make it EZ to switch to ELD. Unlike other providers Ezlogz doesn’t require extra wires for you to convert to ELD. In fact, because Ezlogz is an active member in eight trucking associations, during our attendance to the Illinois Trucking Association safety conference, we were surprised to find out that more than 50% of companies won’t be compliant by the end of the year due to failure to comply with the ELD laws. In addition, the industry is 25 years behind in software technology, at Ezlogz we’re using the future of technology with fully ELD compliant in-house blockchain technology and the first ELD with hash data.

What is Blockchain Technology?

Blockchain technology is a growing list of records, which contains a cryptographic hash of the previous block a timestamp, and transaction data. Blockchain is resistant to modification of the data. It’s an open, distributed ledger that can record transactions between two parties efficiently and in a verifiable and permanent way.

24/7 Customer Support

At Ezlogz we strive for customer satisfaction, that’s why we have 24 hour customer support in multiple languages. Our customer support representatives speak English, Russian, Ukrainian, Romanian, Spanish and French. We believe communication is key to operating a business, and language barriers are challenging, that’s why Ezlogz is proud to offer six languages to our customers.

What’s New

Ezlogz is an all in one fleet management solution. In the next 60 days Ezlogz is releasing micro pointing for brokers and shippers. Because brokers are in regular communication with drivers and use GPS to track the status of an order. Ezlogz is providing a new service integrated with our blockchain technology for our users to send their location to brokers or shippers through a live data link, that shows pinpoint location. Once the link has expired the location is no longer available, delivering peace of mind.

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What you need to know about CSA Scores and How to Check Them

Importance

CSA (Compliance, Safety, Accountability) scores are important because it determines if you’re a high risk driver. The way this score works is that a lower score is better, and a high CSA score will put you on the FMCSA’s watch list. A score of 65 or greater will result in a warning letter and in some situations higher scores will receive an out-of-service order that shuts down operations. The CSA uses the Safety Measurement System (SMS) to collect and report data. The SMS’s purpose is to identify high-risk motor carriers and to recognise motor carriers with patterns of compliance issues and driving performance.

How Is The Score Determined

Like a credit score, CSA scores are updated monthly. Your score is determined by seven Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories (BASICs) which include: unsafe driving, reported crashes, HOS compliance, controlled substance and alcohol, driver fitness, and hazardous materials compliance. Please note that for reported crashes, even if the driver isn’t at fault,  your CSA score will still be effected.

Why Your CSA Score Matters

CSA scores matter because it’s purpose is to keep drivers and carriers safe and accountable on the road. For drivers, your score can help determine if you get a job or not. On the other hand, for carriers your CSA score matters because the higher the score means more inspections, and higher insurance premiums. It’s important to check your score regularly and encourage your drivers to always drive safely.

How To Improve Your CSA Score

The FMCSA gives 5 tips to help improve scores. Tip #1, Ensure compliance by being knowledgeable of all regulations. Secondly, understand how your safety management contributes to your safety issues. Thirdly, when there’s a change to your companies profile, check and update your MCS-150 carrier registration information. Tip #4, review your inspection and crash reports–request corrections as needed. Last but not least, educate your company on the regulations and best practices. To check your score visit csa.fmcsa.dot.gov

How Ezlogz Can Help Your Score 

Ezlogz offers our own scorecard that measures connectivity, HOS, harsh brakes, hard accelerations and miles. Our score is based out of 100 points, and the higher the better. The account owner can view all their driver’s scores and see the exact location where they may be braking hard, which also shows how fast they were going. In 45 days Ezlogz is releasing a dash cam that monitors facial expressions and will alert drivers when they become sleepy or distracted. Stay tuned for more information!

Source: https://ai.fmcsa.dot.gov/SMS/HelpCenter/Index.aspx#faq30905

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