e-log shift

ELDs put spotlight on the detention quagmire

The uncertainty around detention timing in live-load/-unload situations is perhaps the biggest potential problem for drivers and carriers using ELDs. It’s also one in which ELDs may be the best tool for combatting the issue, to the benefit of drivers and fleets.

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Dealing with hours violations beyond your control in ELDs

Recording hours with ELDs: State and federal law enforcement officials urge drivers to practice blunt honesty in special cases, using annotations on duty statuses and status changes to explain the situation in detail. In many cases, officer leniency could prevail.

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Will enforcement use ELD data for purposes beyond hours of service?

Some in the industry have worried ELD data would be used at roadside or by compliance-review auditors to uncover violations other than hours infractions. If it is, it will be a violation of Congressional directive.

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ELDs: What to expect from enforcement as the mandate descends

As of Dec. 18, states and their federal truck enforcement partners will begin issuing violations and citations, in some cases with fines, to those subject to the electronic logging device mandate who aren’t using e-logs. Practices will vary considerably for log checks with those devices.

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ELD compliance guide: The spec’s your unit needs and a full chart of suppliers

From Overdrive's in-depth report to ELD compliance: The basic spec's required of devices -- and a list of the suppliers and their units' key features.

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ELD mandate: Engine ruling creates winners, losers

From Overdrive's in-depth guide to ELD compliance: How FMCSA's mid-game ruling on the pre-2000 exemption created winners and losers among the owner-operator segment.

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A guide to ELDs: Many choices, some low cost, for meeting mandate

On Monday, the U.S. DOT begins enforcement of its ELD mandate, which requires drivers to use electronic logging devices to track hours of service. See Overdrive's comprehensive guide to ELD compliance here...

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Innovative pricing as ELD provider competition heats up

A few deals for qualifying drivers -- from BigRoad, KeepTruckin, Magellan -- sure to multiply among other providers with the raft of ELD providers out there. If you're shopping, don't be afraid to ask ...

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When cellular service adds monthly fees to ELDs

Most any BYOD-type ELD with dedicated tablets will come with monthly costs for a data plan. If you’re pairing a BYOD ELD with a smartphone or tablet you already have with a service plan, such cost wouldn’t necessarily figure into your back-of-the-envelope investment calculation.

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ELDs at the ‘right price’: No-monthly-fee e-logs explored

In the crowded ELD market, a few companies set themselves apart with systems requiring no monthly fee. Who they are, and considerations of support, availability and utility.

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