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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FMCSA Announces Clarifying Regulatory Guidance for Transportation of Agricultural Commodities, Personal Conveyance

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced new regulatory guidance clarifying the longstanding 150 air-miles hours-of-service agricultural commodity exemption as well as providing additional explanatory detail of the “personal conveyance” provision.

“Due to input from commercial vehicle stakeholders and the public, the Department has taken steps to provide greater clarity and flexibility regarding the intent and effect of these regulations, for the agricultural and other sectors,” said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao.

FMCSA published Federal Register notices proposing regulatory guidance for the transportation of agricultural commodities and the use of personal conveyance in December, 2017 and requested public comment. FMCSA is providing clarity on the use of the agricultural exemption and personal conveyance to both industry and law enforcement along with providing as much flexibility as possible for the industry, while maintaining safety.

“We are dedicated to finding effective solutions to challenges, exploring new opportunities for innovation and constantly seeking ways to improve,” said FMCSA Administrator Raymond P. Martinez.

In all, nearly 850 public comments were submitted to the Federal Register dockets on the proposed guidance pertaining to the transportation of agricultural commodities as well as on the personal conveyance provision.

The new regulatory guidance is developed within a clear, questions-and-answers format and explains the 150 air-mile radius agricultural commodity exemption and how the “source” of the commodity is determined.  For a copy of this guidance, see: https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/ag-commodity-guidance.

Likewise, the new regulatory guidance outlines – and includes numerous examples – under what circumstances a commercial motor vehicle driver may operate the truck or bus for personal conveyance. For a copy of this guidance, see: https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/personal-conveyance-guidance.

 

Source:  https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/newsroom/fmcsa-announces-clarifying-regulatory-guidance-transportation-agricultural-commodities

 

 

 

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Trucking Tips

Truck driving can get extremely lonely and frustrating at times. Especially on those days when there’s no parking, your dispatcher can’t find you a decent load, theres big traffic, your body aches from sitting, and your missing your loved ones whom are on the other side of the country.
Days like those you just want to give up this trucking business. A driver should definitely take  breaks to enjoy a nice meal,  take a stroll to reset his or her mind and body. Simply sitting in the driver’s seat of a truck all day could lead to having serious consequences for a drivers health.
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Deanne writes that researchers have associated sedentary behavior with approximately 35 chronic diseases and conditions, The Wall Street Journal reported in 2015. Some problems are interrelated, many having to do with obesity, sleep apnea and poor circulation.
“I think truck drivers are at more risks than most because they’re sitting for that long period of time,” says Michael Gleiber, an orthopedic spine surgeon with the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.
So standing up and stretching whether its while your fueling, unloading, or on your rest break in your truck, do so.

Truck driver can utilize the Ezlogz application to connect with their families and find safe places to pull over for a break. Not only does Ezlogz provide eld devices, but also great in app features:

point of interests: find places to pull over for a stretch, walk, break to reconnect with loved ones.
walkie-talkie: connect with other drivers nearby with the in app walkie-talkie
social platform:stay connected with the trucking community and your family. Post, send, receive photos and messages.

Rainy stated some intresting advice in his blog. Wether you came into trucking to get away from a dead-end job, or you wanted to catch up on past due bills, you need to keep yourself in a certain mindset. Trucking is one of the loneliest jobs in the world because no one else is responsible for you, and no one is there to motivate you. So be good to yourself!

 
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ELD Benefits

A driver fills out about 240 rods per year. Looking through days and days of logs for possible mistakes or missing signatures is very time consuming  The  ELD mandate was estimated to reduce the amount of time drivers spend logging their hours of service by 4.5 minutes per RODS or, 19 hours each year states the ELD Facts article. Many Ezlogz users can now agree.

Many were and are concerned about the cost of the eld devices and contracts. Theres a wide variety of ELDs approved by the FMCSA for drivers to choose from, you can find them on the FMCSA website. (https://csa.fmcsa.dot.gov/ELD/List).  You can find Ezlogz as an approved vendor which has no yearly contract, and leases the eld device for a very convenient monthly charge of $29.99/month. The device simply connects with drivers phone and the Ezlogz application via bluetooth opposed to fixed hardware, which is another benefit.

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A few Ezlogz ELD Benefits

  • Document scan, attach BOL
  • Violation alerts
  • HOS Recap calculation
  • touch of a button status change

 

 

 

Sources: ELD FACTS. PRESENTED BY OMNITRACS   © 2018 OMNITRACS LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. website: https://eldfacts.com/eld-facts/ Ezlogz.com

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Dealing with no parking

Finding available and safe parking is not a new problem. It has been a well-documented problem for over a decade. Rather than slowly improving with the increased media coverage and persistent criticism, the problem has only intensified says Chad Prevost in his post. With the ELD mandate now in full swing, the industry is experiencing many issues that have become magnified because of the inflexibility of the new rulings. one of them is parking shortages.

Is the ELD mandate really the issue for parking deficiency? It seems there always has been parking issues even without the mandate. Truckers park on side of roads, narrow streets, even abandoned stores and gas stations which can be dangerous. Many sad incidents were a driver was murdered or robbed in his or her own truck. These events are heartbreaking. Our hard working truck drivers must have safe parking available to them.

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Planning a trip ahead can be one of the easier solutions. With the Ezlogz application a driver can pre plan their trip by entering their destination into app map, and a route will be preplanned with available parking within their specified radius. In app features allow driver to see how many parking spots are available at a certain location, if any, and even reviews from previous drivers.

Using available technology and resources can be a great help in such situations. Download the free EZLOGZ application today on the Apple or Android store, and make your on the road life easier and safer.

sources: “What is the solution to trucking’s stubborn parking problem?https://www.freightwaves.com/news/driver-issues/what-is-the-solution-to-truckings-stubborn-parking-problem, May 7, 2018 Chad Prevost 

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Crestwood Transportation Raising Driver Pay

Crestwood Transportation – a company based out of Texas – are raising their starting pay from 46 cents to 60 cents for all tanker drivers in the central region. The pay raise was said to be effective March 21 of this year.

  • Image by Crestwood Transportation Facebook Page via [https://www.facebook.com/CrestwoodTransportation/photos] (copyright-free)

According to the company,  drivers can now start at up to $80-85,000 per year.

In order to be considered for the position, applicants require two years of experience, a tanker and hazmat endorsement, and most importantly a clean driving record.

The company wants to reward their current and new drivers by receiving load pay, layover pay and detention pay as well as steady safe driving records.

Sources: “Crestwood Transportation Raises Driver Pay by 14 Cpm.” CDLLife, 1 May 2018, cdllife.com/2018/crestwood-transportation-raises-driver-pay-by-14-cpm/.

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Anheuser-Busch Teaming Up With Nikola

Anheuser-Busch are reportedly teaming up with Nikola in buying up to 800 hydrogen-electric trucks to replace more than half of their fleet.

The trucks being delivered will be the Nikola Two – also known as the Day Cab version – and have a capability of producing zero emissions, ability to be refueled in 20 minutes and have a range between 500 and 1,200 miles.

Manager Editor, Brian Straight reported:

” The cab is designed with “surround vision” and features a 15 in. touchscreen that gives the driver a virtual aerial view of the area around the truck and trailer in real time, eliminating blind spots. A panoramic windshield and a forward position for the driver provides improved visibility. That view is complemented by high-definition cameras combined with radar, sonar and computer software. The result is a complete 360 deg. view of the vehicle.

The mid-cab design features a sliding entry door to reduce the dangers of climbing into and out of the cab.

Inside the cab, there is a touchscreen where some of the most advanced productivity tools are located. Nikola aims to make the vehicle an “all-inclusive” model, giving drivers all the tools they need to do their jobs. This includes standard readouts such as battery levels, ranges, wheel torque and cabin controls, Bluetooth-enabled phone, calendar, integrated logging and driver/vehicle performance data and more. It also includes navigation and vehicle data as well as “Nikola Shipments.”

Nikola has plans for converting 100% of their fleets in the future.

 

Sources: Straight, Brian. “Anheuser-Busch to Buy up to 800 Nikola Hydrogen-Electric Trucks.” FreightWaves, www.freightwaves.com/news/green-trucking/anheuser-busch-to-buy-nikola-hydrogen-electric-trucks.

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HOS: Who Has to Comply?

As previously stated in a recent post, HOS – Hours of Service – is a federal regulation of limitations most truckers have for the length of time they can be driving or be required to take rest breaks.

Who is required to comply with these regulations? Here is a simple breakdown stated directly from the FMCSA:

“In general, a CMV is a vehicle that is used as part of a business and is involved in interstate commerce and fits any of these descriptions:

  • Weighs 10,001 pounds or more
  • Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more
  • Is designed or used to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver) not for compensation
  • Is designed or used to transport 9 or more passengers (including the driver) for compensation
  • Is transporting hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placards”

 

Sources: “Hours of Service.” Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, United States Department of Transportation, 30 Dec. 2013, www.fmcsa.dot.gov/regulations/hours-of-service.

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