Trucking news and briefs for Tuesday, June 28, 2022:
FMCSA removes ArionT ELD from device registry
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has removed the ArionT ELD from the list of registered Electronic Logging Devices.
FMCSA has placed ArionT ELD on the Revoked Devices list due to the company’s failure to meet the minimum requirements established in 49 CFR part 395, subpart B, appendix A, effective June 24, 2022. It’s unclear what specifically about the device does not meet the minimum requirements. Attempts by Overdrive to reach ArionTech for clarification went unreturned.
The device is the first to appear on the list that was not self-revoked by the manufacturer.
Owner-operators using the ArionT ELD are advised by FMCSA to take the following steps:
- Discontinue using the revoked devices and revert to paper logs or logging software to record required hours of service data.
- Replace the revoked devices with compliant ELDs from the Registered Devices list before Aug. 24, 2022.
Operators have a grace period of up to 60 days to replace the revoked device with a compliant ELD. If ArionTech corrects the identified deficiencies, FMCSA will place the device back on the list of registered devices and inform the industry and the field.
During the grace period, law enforcement officers are encouraged not to cite drivers using ArionT ELD for 395.8(a)(1) – “No ELD” or 395.22(a) – “Failed to use a registered ELD.” During this time, inspectors should request the driver’s paper logs, logging software, or use the ArionT ELD display as a back-up method to review the hours of service data.
Beginning Aug. 24, carriers who continue to use the revoked device listed above would be considered to be operating without an ELD. Inspectors who encounter a driver using a revoked device on or after Aug. 24 should cite 395.8(a)(1), and place the driver out-of-service, FMCSA said.
FMCSA strongly encourages motor carriers to take the actions listed above as soon as possible to avoid compliance issues in case the deficiencies are not addressed in time.
Truckstop.com launches new product marketplace
In recognition of National Logistics Day and National Insurance Day taking place Tuesday, Truckstop.com announced the launch of the Truckstop.com Partner Marketplace.
The marketplace provides an ecosystem of products, solutions and integrations that is designed to help partners, carriers, brokers and shippers keep their businesses moving forward.
The Truckstop.com Partner Marketplace is comprised of both industry and technology partners in several business categories including financial services, insurance providers, TMS (Transportation Management System) integrations, fuel card providers and more.
“Truckstop.com has a rich history of building strong relationships which span technology and industry partners. For more than 27 years we have established ourselves as the most trusted solutions provider for carriers, brokers and shippers,” said Craig Varljen, vice president partnerships and alliances, Truckstop.com. “The Truckstop.com Partner Marketplace is a new ecosystem of partner driven solutions that add value to the entire freight and logistics industry. This creates synergies at the center of the entire transportation market.”
Initial marketplace offerings and partnerships include, but are not limited to, the following:
Industry Partners: Armstrong Transport Group, Benefits for Trucking, Go Toro, HWY Fuel, Reliance, Roanoke Insurance Group, TVC Pro-Driver, United Commercial Insurance
Technology Partners: Banyan Technology, Duke.AI, Greenscreens.ai, Hubtek, Kestrel Insights, Lean Solutions Group, Optimal Dynamics, Parade, ProMiles, RoadSync, Total Control TMS, Tranztec, Trax Technologies
Mobile users will be able to access the Truckstop.com Partner Marketplace from the Truckstop Go mobile app.
Driver named Highway Angel for helping protect motorist after crash
The Truckload Carriers Association has named truck driver Tony Barton, from Blountville, Tennessee, a Highway Angel for using his truck to block and protect a vehicle and driver that had crashed during a late-afternoon crash. Barton drives for FTC Transportation, Inc., based in Oklahoma City.
On April 21 at 4:45 p.m., Barton was driving through Nashville on I-440 when he noticed a black BMW SUV fishtailing.
Within moments, the driver lost control and ran head-on into a concrete barrier. Barton watched as the vehicle rolled over completely, landing back onto its wheels, coming to a rest right next to his truck.
Barton immediately stopped. “I didn’t want to T-bone this woman that just rolled her car,” he said. “It was right in the middle of the road.” He quickly dialed 911 and rushed to check on the motorist.
Once Barton reached the crashed vehicle, he found the woman conscious and talking, but in great pain and seemingly confused. He kept his rig parked in the middle of the interstate to block and protect the vehicle from being hit by oncoming traffic until emergency responders arrived.
“I wanted to block the lane so nobody else could hit her,” he said. “My first instinct in any kind of accident like that is to help do whatever I can for somebody that’s injured -- it’s not the worst wreck I’ve seen, but it’s not the smallest either.”
Shortly thereafter, emergency personnel arrived on scene and tended to the shaken motorist, thanks to Barton’s efforts. He told TCA that he has been a volunteer firefighter for decades and knew how to respond in a situation like this.
TCA has presented him with a certificate, patches, lapel pin and truck decals. FTC Transportation has also received a letter acknowledging him as a Highway Angel.