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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Senate passes bill to extend ELD waiver for livestock haulers through Sept. 2019

The measure still has hurdles to clear before becoming final, however. Though the House has taken up a similar year-long extension of the livestock ELD waiver, it has not yet passed the bill to which it is attached. The two chambers, once the House passes its bill, will need to confer to iron out differences between the two pieces of legislation. Both chambers will the need to pass the bills again. President Trump must also sign the legislation, but he has threatened to veto appropriations packages coming out of Congress if they don’t include funding for a wall along the U.S.’ southern border.

Legislators have just two months to finalize 2019 appropriations packages to ward off a government shutdown. Livestockers are currently exempt from ELD compliance through September 2018.

The Senate’s livestock ELD waiver was added late Tuesday via an amendment offered by Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.). Also added was an amendment from Fischer to urge the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to complete its ongoing study into adding split sleeper berth flexibility to hours of service regulations, though the amendment does not stipulate a timeline.

The House’s DOT appropriations bill, which includes the ELD waiver for livestockers, also includes the so-called Denham Amendment, which would block states from enforcing laws that require carriers to provide drivers meal breaks and paid rest breaks beyond what is required by federal hours of service regulations.

That bill is awaiting consideration on the House floor. It was passed by the House’s Appropriations Committee in late May.

Source: https://www.overdriveonline.com/senate-passes-bill-to-extend-eld-waiver-for-livestock-haulers-through-sept-2019/?utm_source=daily&utm_medium=email&utm_content=08-01-2018&utm_campaign=Overdrive&ust_id=f9d0d1993b7b12a79c0689dd71cd272c

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Ezlogz Features

Ezlogs offers unique features that help you stay connected with your fleet, other drivers and even family and friend out on the road, all in one easy to use app.

Chat:

It’s lonely out there.  In the 70’s, CB Radio was the rage.  Today, it’s chat.  Communicate with other drivers and with your family and friends.  All part of the Ezlogz ELD experience.  No need for other apps.  And, it’s not just for non-work chatting.  Connect as well with back office, be more productive and have more earnings potential.

 

In-fleet Messaging:

Sometimes talking can’t convey all that’s needed.  Sometimes you need things displayed so that you can view them later.  In-fleet allows the back office to send pickup and delivery instructions, document information, other items that need to be viewed directly to the same Ezlogz ELD app that drivers are already using.  For drivers, it’s the same thing.  In-fleet Messaging with the Ezlogz ELD app allows drivers to convey information to the back office that simple conversation can’t convey.  It’s fast, easy, and saves time and money for everyone.

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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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