New Regulations for Entry-Level Driver Training

The FMCSA has issued new regulations for entry level driver training (ELDT) that will go into effect February 7, 2020. The new program is called “On Ramp Entry-Level Driver Training” created by Instructional Technologies Inc. (ITI),  which is expected to save driver trainees and motor carriers $18 million annually. On Ramp ELDT, is an online training, testing and recordkeeping system. On Ramp creates a minimum standard, to help CDL schools meet the new federal requirement.

Instructional Technologies Inc. (ITI), is a training solutions provider for the transportation industry. ITI’s new ELDT key features includes 24 hour access to On Ramp for students, and group training modules. The modules will make it quicker and easier to account for student attendance and participation. One way ITI achieves this is by after showing an On Ramp video in the classroom, students will automatically receive a quiz, that also counts for participation.

CDL Schools must apply to the Training Provider Registry (TPR) through the FMCSA and self-certify their instructors. Instructors are required to have two years minimum of driving experience, a clean MVR, medical certification for classroom, and on the road and private range instruction. Also, in the past there was four knowledge topics required by the department of transportation. Now there will be 31 theory course topics, joined by 19 behind the wheel (BTW) skills, tested along with vehicle inspection skills.

The ELDT establishes minimum training requirements for entry level drivers of CMVs. Anyone applying for Class A or Class B CDL, (also upgrading their CDL), or a hazardous materials (H), passenger (P), or school bus (S) endorsement for their license for the first time is required to take ELDT. In addition, the ELDT requirements do not apply to individuals holding a valid CDL or a P, S, or H endorsement issued before February 7, 2020. Please note that the rule doesn’t create any new exceptions, if someone is currently exempt from taking a skills test in order to obtain a CDL, they are not required to take ELDT.

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Canada: Don’t wait until the ELD mandate

In December 2019 all Canadian drivers must be compliant with the new ELD mandate. However, if you sign up now you’ll be grandfathered in allowing you to use AOBRD/ERD. Similar to the process used in the U.S, the mandate will allow a two year period where those grandfathered in with ERD will have time to transition to ELD.

During the two year grace-period drivers and carriers with ERD will be exempt from using an ELD, allowing them time to select, install, and train their drivers to use an ELD. Resembling the U.S, after the two year period, all Canadian drivers must be in full compliance. Failure to comply may result in ELD violations, with fines ranging from $1,000 to $10,000, and out of service orders.

Canada and the U.S mandates are similar in many ways, one difference is the Canadian mandate applies to any CMV 1995 or newer, and the U.S mandate applies to any CMV 2000 or newer. Another difference includes Personal Conveyance mode. The U.S doesn’t have any restrictions, yet Canadian drivers are only limited to 75 kilometers within 24 hours. Also, in the U.S, carriers are required to share detailed reports and files to enforcement of eight days of log data. Where as Canada doesn’t require detailed reports, but drivers are required to share 14 day log data in PDF form.

There are benefits to using AOBRD/ERD compared to ELD. For instance, with ERD fleet managers can reassign driving time to a different driver, with ELD you cannot. Also, ELD it’s required to transfer data to an DOT inspector during an inspection, yet ERD is not required to transfer data, instead they must email in PDF format, or fax to DOT officials. The table below compares how both AOBRD/ERD and ELD records data, locations, editing, and driving time. This table summarizes the FMCSA’s comparison chart.

Roughly 80,000 Canadian CMVs operate into the U.S on a regular basis. The Canadian ELD mandate will ensure consistency with drivers transporting over the U.S Canadian border. The Canadian ELD mandate will help drivers comply with each countries regulations and create a safer work environment for everyone on the road.

Don’t wait last minute to be compliant, sign up now to use ERD, or later for ELD. Ezlogz offers an all in one fleet management solution. It’s packed with essential features like IFTA calculation, GPS tracking, trip planner, navigation, document center, and more. Ezlogz offers what every truck driver, fleet manager and logistics companies need to make their fleet smarter, and to make life on the road a lot easier. Ezlogz is FMCSA certified and fully compliant with FMCSA & CCMTA rules and regulations.

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Transitioning to ELD from AOBRD

On December 16, 2019, any driver still running an AOBRD will be in violation of the electronic logging device (ELD) law. It’s important all users understand the difference between the two so they know what to expect.

An Electronic Logging Device is electronic hardware that’s connected to the OBD port of a commercial motor vehicle (CMV). The ELD records hours of service (HOS), driving time, miles driven, and engine information. Because the ELD is attached to the CMV it doesn’t have to be turned on for it to collect data. However, the user must log on their ELD app to record the correct status such as on duty and off duty, and personal conveyance. An Automatic On-board Recording Device (AOBRD) functions similar to an ELD but AOBRDs allow drivers and fleets the opportunity to correct mistakes on logs. It also displays less information, making corrections less apparent. In comparison, ELDs displays all annotations, and automatically recorded events cannot be edited only annotated by the admin.

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.

This is what founder and CEO of Ezlogz, CJ “Sergey” Karman, has to say about the transition from AOBRD to ELD, “Taking into consideration the new HOS law expecting to be published next month, the transition should be smooth, I can see it benefiting the logistics industry.” CJ concluded, “Because Ezlogz is the first ELD provider on blockchain technology, with tamper proof, imputable, and transparent ELD data our customers will be at ease with the process.” We’re anticipating the new HOS law expected next month. Hopefully it will encourage drivers with AOBRD to make the switch sooner than the deadline.

The table below compares how both AOBRD and ELD records data, locations, editing, and driving time. This table summarizes the FMCSA’s comparison chart.

AOBRDELD
What it records:

-Date and Time
-Engine hours
-Vehicle miles
-Drive times
-Locations
-Duty status
-Date and Time
-Engine hours
-Vehicle Miles
-Locations
-Duty status
-Vehicle malfunctions
-Identifying information
on driver, carrier & vehicle
Locations:

-Can be entered
manually
-Recorded at change
of duty status
Automatically records when:
-Engine is turned off or on
-Change in duty status
-60 min intervals while
driving
Editing:

-Records who made an
edit and when
-Automatically recorded
events cannot be edited
only annotated
Driving time:

-Can only be edited
when attributed to
the wrong driver
-Automatically records when
vehicle reaches 5mph
Inspections:

-Not required to print
out logs
-Must transfer data to
officials by web, email, or
bluetooth
-If transfer not available, the
ELD must display or print
out the logs

S

Source: https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/faq/what-are-differences-specs-1988-aobrd-rule-and-eld-rule

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New Flexible Hours of Service set for next month

The U.S Department of Transportation listened to the communities questions and suggestions regarding updating the current hours of service (HOS) to be more flexible. The new regulations are set to come out early next month.

The Department of Transportation plans to publish the HOS regulations on June 7th, and allow a 49-day comment period, ending on July 26. Which will allow the public to respond before they finalize the updated HOS regulations.

FMCSA initially started the process of changing the regulations in August 2018, they asked for feedback on the reform. As a result, the FMCSA received thousands of responses. The HOS rules considering changes includes; eliminating the 30-minute rest break; the sleeper berth rule to allow drivers to split their required time in the sleeper berth. Also, allowing drivers to take a rest break once per 14-hour duy period for up to three consecutive hours if the driver is off-duty.

On March 29, 2019, Elaine Chao, the Transportation Secretary announced at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky., that the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) is advancing, and the contents of the notice isn’t public yet. Choa said, “I can’t go into the details or the specifics for this proposal, but let me note that the department understands the strong interest in increasing flexibility and is giving it serious consideration,” Chao concluded, “We asked for your participation, and you participated.”

The Department of Transportation may change the date the HOS rule is publicized. We are expecting it to be available on June 7, 2019.

Source: https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=FMCSA-2018-0248

https://www.ttnews.com/articles/dot-submits-proposed-rule-change-hos-regulations-omb

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Why There’s A Truck Driver Shortage

Truck drivers aren’t praised for their job, in fact they get little recognition. The economy depends on truck drivers to transport freight and other items Americans purchase. As a direct result of the lack of drivers the cost of goods and shipping costs will inflate, but what’s really causing the shortage of drivers may surprise you.

One issue impacting the shortage is age and gender. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average age of a commercial truck driver in the U.S. is 55 years old, that’s just 11 years till retirement, at age 66. What’s surprising is the Department of Transportation requires all professional drivers to be at least 21 years old, which is quite the age gap for the average trucker. So what’s causing the younger generation not to pursue a career in trucking? Well, the unemployment rate for millennials is more than twice the national average, at a soaring 12.8 percent. Millennials aren’t all to blame though, because statistically only 8 percent of truck drivers are female. Companies are so desperate to hire drivers they’re offering signing bonuses, pay raises, and referrals. Some companies even started to offer free online-college tuition for their drivers. If the trucking industry can market to women and the younger generation, it might solve part of the problem.

We need to consider what it’s like to be on the road, then maybe we’ll understand why this is a dying profession. Professional drivers barely get to see their families and the constant trips make it hard to maintain relationships. Leah Fessler, a publicist for Quartz wrote, “ The 50% divorce rate statistic is a myth. Divorce rates vary by factors like race, education level, and employment status.” According to Fessler the divorce rate for truck drivers is 44.2 percent. This doesn’t mean that if you’re a truck driver you’ll get divorced, there’s other factors at play. This occupation is difficult and demands a lot of time away from your loved ones. Becoming a truck driver isn’t just a job, it’s a lifestyle choice.

Truck drivers don’t get the respect they deserve. People often don’t take into consideration the amount of time it takes a semi-truck to stop, nor do they see all they’ve sacrificed to keep us safe on the road. CEO and owner of Ezlogz, CJ “Sergey” Karman, was in the logistics industry for over 12 years, drove all 48 states, he also owned a trucking company, and was a broker and safety director. His response to the question if his years of experience being a truck driver still has its side effects, CJ responded,

Once a trucker, always a trucker. I’m grateful for having that experience. I do miss it at times, but truckers don’t get the respect they deserve. The extra stress, aside from driving, that’s brought on from paperwork like BOL, lumper and fuel receipts, is why we created the platform Ezlogz. We’ve been able to help drivers be more organized and lead a less stressful life on the road.

Many people like CJ, who used to be drivers, will never forget the life on the road and have the utmost respect for this occupation. It’s a profession America can’t afford to lose.

Sorce:

https://psmag.com/social-justice/the-long-white-line-the-mental-and-physical-effects-of-long-haul-trucking
https://www.bls.gov/ooh/transportation-and-material-moving/heavy-and-tractor-trailer-truck-drivers.htm#tab-6
https://qz.com/1069806/the-highest-and-lowest-divorce-rates-in-america-by-occupation-and-industry/
https://www.forbes.com/sites/larryalton/2016/12/22/millennials-are-struggling-to-get-jobs-heres-why-and-what-to-do-about-it/#3f536eba4bb0

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4 Reasons Why Customers Choose Ezlogz

4Here’s our top four reasons why customers choose Ezlogz over other logistic companies.

Simple and easy to use

1. Easy to use app

We understand not everyone is tech-savvy, that’s why we strived to create a platform that customers can understand. While the app is packed with loads of features it’s simple interface is easy to navigate.

2. 24/7 Customer Support

You never know when something can go wrong, that’s why Ezlogz offers 24 hour customer support. It’s important because while you operate your company around the clock, we do too. We understand it can be difficult to explain what happened over the phone, especially when English is your second language. That’s why Ezlogz customer support team offers six languages, English, French, Russian, Ukrainian, Romanian, and Spanish. Just ask to speak to someone in the language you’re most comfortable with.

3. Multi language app

Aside from our customer support team, the Ezlogz app also has different languages to choose from. You can select from English, Spanish, Ukrainian, Russian, and French.

4. Ultimate Package

While with other companies you can purchase packages that have specific features, with Ezlogz we offer it all to you for only $29.99 a month. Some of my favorite features are offline mode, point of interest map, trip planner, and IFTA calculation.

Try Ezlogz today! You can request a free demo or give us a call if you have questions at 1(800)670-7807, or email support@ezlogz.com, sales@ezlogz.com

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What you need to know about Canada’s HOS

Not all hours of service (HOS)  laws are the same in every country. It’s important drivers understand these rules to operate and complete their trip safely, especially if they’re crossing the Canada–United States border. In Canada truckers are allowed to drive for up to 13 hours during a day without taking a break, provided that they don’t exceed 14-hours without a break. However, in the United States truckers can drive for up to 8 hours without a break, and drive 11 hours in a 14 hour day, followed by 10 hours off duty.

When operating in Canada or the U.S, drivers must comply with that country’s HOS laws even if they don’t live there. Drivers will be subject to violations if they fail to comply with the country they’re driving in HOS laws.

Canada has two duty cycles and a driver must be in compliance with at least one of them and know which they’re using. Cycle one is 70 hours in a 7-day cycle, no driving may be done after accumulating 70 hours on duty in 7-days. Cycle two is 120 hours in a 14-day cycle. No driving may be done in this cycle after accumulating 70 hours on duty without taking 24 consecutive hours off duty.

When driving in Canada following Cycle one, to reset your hours to zero, you must take 36 consecutive hours off duty. For Cycle two to reset your hours to zero, you must take 72 consecutive hours off-duty.

America also has two duty cycles and a driver must be in compliance with at least one of them and know which they’re using. Cyle one is 70 hours in 8 days and cycle two is 60 hours in 7 days. To reset your hours to zero, you must take 34 consecutive hours off-duty.

Stated by the FMCSA the difference in HOS regulations for drivers transporting property after on-duty time is, “In the United States, for drivers of property no driving may be done after 14-consecutive hours until the driver first takes 10 consecutive hours off duty.” In comparison the FMCSA concludes, “When operating in Canada, no driving may be done after 14-hours of on-duty time in a day or after 14-hours on-duty in a work-shift after having taken 8-consecutive hours off-duty.” After comparing the HOS laws between both Canada and the U.S, we can see why it’s important for drivers to understand them in order to avoid violations.

Source: https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/international-programs/hours-service-requirements-cross-border-drivers

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What’s new for Canadian Drivers?

ELD’s will be mandatory in Canada as of December 2019. But what else is new for Canadian truckers?

Canada is looking to pass a new training that requires minimum entry-level semi truck driver standards. The training will be put into the National Safety Code to recognize the importance of training truck drivers must undergo.

This is important to Canada as the country still mourns over The Humboldt Broncos bus crash of April 6, 2018. Sixteen fatalities and thirteen injuries occured when the Junior Hockey Team’s bus collided with a semi-truck.

Because of the history, this new law shows great importance to the community. Over 2,100 people signed the petition to pass.

A reminder for our American drivers. U.S based carriers are allowed into Canada if they have proper documentation, and do not have a criminal record. While in America a DUI won’t disqualify someone from being a truck driver. It’s important to note that a DUI, including conviction under open container laws, prohibits drivers from entering Canada, as Canada perceives a DWI as a criminal offence.

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Semi Truck Transporting Pies Caught Fire

Source: The truck on fire on I-64 W. (Indiana State Police Sellersburg)
http://www.wave3.com

Authorities in Floyd County are investigating a semi truck that caught fire on I-64 westbound, in Indiana.
The truck was transporting an assortment of single serving pies when it caught fire around noon on Sunday, April 14th. The fire closed down all westbound lanes on the interstate.
Witnesses told officials the fire seemed to have started at the back wheels of the tractor. Yet, no official cause has been released.
According to Wave 3 News, “the driver of the truck escaped without injury”.
Officials say it took about 15 minutes to get the fire under control, and I-64 reopened just before 6:30 pm. Luckily no one was hurt, but the cargo was a total loss.

Source: https://www.whas11.com/article/news/local/indiana/semi-carrying-pies-goes-up-in-flames-on-i-64/417-961e7558-9050-42ff-9944-ba170fd2325e

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Ezlog Features: Making Compliance Easy

Tracking and Geofencing:

The is a great feature for fleets large and small.  It’s even good for owner-operators.  As part of the Ezlogz ELD app and service, Tracking and Geofencing allows viewers on the portal to see where trucks and currently located and the routes driven during today or the selected date of interest.  The benefits to this are better fleet management such as to see who’s closest to a customer for carrying a new load, or tracking down a stolen vehicle, among other benefits.  Geofencing allows the back office to set boundaries around an area of address and receive alerts when the vehicle crosses the boundary, going into it, out of it, or either one.  Violation of the boundary causes an alert to occur.  This is very useful for alerts on stolen vehicles, for example, and can also be used to get an automatic alert when the truck arrives or leaves a customer or other location.  This significantly enhances fleet management.

 

Engine Diagnostics

If you own a fleet of trucks, do you want to hear about problems after they happen.  Do you want to know if your trucks are being abused?  Do you want to depend on the driver to give you accurate and timely information about the vehicle?  With Engine Diagnostics as part of the Ezlogz ELD service, you can set alerts based on vehicle items of interest, such as coolant temperature, engine RPM’s, speed, Device Trouble Code, oil pressure, and more.  You set the alert based on a value, such as coolant temperature over 300 degrees, rpm’s over 4,000, the Check Engine light goes on, and get an alert to this condition.  Timely information saves time and money.  It’s’ all in the Ezlogz ELD service!

 

Alerts

Alerts are very useful for both drivers and the back office.  Nothing like going to the movies while someone is stealing the truck.  Alerts from a geofence are indispensable for both the driver and the back office.  Same for engine diagnostics.  Find out about issues before they become serious or chronic.  Be in the know.  Saves time and money.  And, it’s all part of the Ezlogz ELD service.

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