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FMCSA new guidance says ELD exempt only if “engine” is older than model year 2000

On July 12, 2017, the FMCSA answered a question regarding the ELD rule.

Q – If the vehicle registration for a commercial motor vehicle reflects a model year of 2000 or newer, but the connections and motor vehicle components (such as the engine) are older than model year 2000, is the vehicle exempt from the ELD rule?

A – Yes. When a vehicle is registered, the model year should follow the criteria established by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). There may be instances where the model year reflected on the vehicle registration is not the same as the engine model year, most commonly when a vehicle is rebuilt using a “glider kit.” In this circumstance, an inspector/investigator should use the model year on the engine to determine if the driver is exempt from the ELD requirements. If the engine model year is older than 2000, the driver is not subject to the ELD rule. In instances in which the engine model year is 2000 or newer, and the vehicle registration reflects a model year older than 2000, the driver is subject to the ELD rule. While the driver is not required to possess documentation that confirms the vehicle engine model year. 49 CFR Part 379 Appendix A, requires motor carriers to maintain all documentation on motor and engine changes at the principle [sic] place of business. If a determination cannot be made at the roadside, Law Enforcement should refer the case for further investigation.

This guidance deviates from FMCSA’s previous guidance, which emphasized the model year as determined by the VIN on a truck’s chassis.

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Small Businesses – Hiring Contracted Helpers vs. Employees

 

Most small business owners have a number of projects they want to undertake. There are times that you can’t commit to them because the day-to-day tasks don’t leave you time for much more than paperwork. If you’re facing a situation like this, you’re not alone. No matter how many tools you have at your disposal, the fact is that back-office work will leave you drained and stressed, ruining your capabilities to focus on more productive tasks.

The question is: do you hire an employee or do you hire a contracted small business helper?

Hiring an employee is an expense and task on its own.  You may have to change your business structure, allow for more overhead expense such as – payroll, payroll tax, benefits, etc.  You also have to search for the right candidate, determine their trustworthiness, and train them.  All of these things will cost your business time and money.

Help sought from a contracted small business helper is becoming increasingly popular. From bookkeeping, database management, event planning and internet marketing to website design and development, small business assistants can expertly accomplish a wide range of tasks. Ultimately, you’ll be able to save more time to devote to those innovative and important tasks that you were holding back till now.

There are many reasons to consider hiring a contracted small business helper.

#1. Reduce Labor Costs: The best part about contracting a small business assistant is that it saves you money instead of stretching your budget. Since a small business helper is not a full time employee, you won’t need to worry about payroll taxes, sick leave, vacation pay, health insurance etc.

#2. Work without an Actual Office: You don’t need to have an actual office or find a place to put a contracted assistant. Many work from their own place, with their own computer and internet connection. If you’re starting a new business or run a home-based business, hiring small business helpers is the best decision you can make to easily grow.

#3. No Employee Training Required: Companies spend thousands of dollars every year on employee training. When you work with a small business helper, you can easily save on it. There are already trained contracted small business assistants, quite well-versed with latest technology and tools, waiting to work for you. Depending on the type or nature of tasks you want to outsource, you can hire either generalists or specialists.

#4. Get Superior Service: Small business assistants take their business quite seriously. They understand that the only way to survive in the industry is to provide clients with high quality work consistently. They work for you in a way that you don’t just hire them over and over again but also recommend their names to your friends and peers.

#5. Pay Only for Hours Worked: Fulltime employees in a company hardly work eight hours a day. But they’re entitled to get a full salary at the end of every month, paid even for coffee breaks, toilet visits and time spent on personal calls. Small business helpers are different. If you outsource a task to a small business assistant on an hourly basis, you’ll pay only for the hours they work. It adds more value to your investment.

#6. Assign a Wide Range of Tasks: Many small business owners seem a little confused as to what a small business helper can do for them. A small business assistant can create content (written and visual) for your business. They can take care of your company’s AR/AP. They can handle your email marketing campaigns. They can design websites and blogs. They can run errands. For a complete list of what a Provisio Circle is capable of doing please visit our Small Business Helper services page.

#7. Ease Pressure on In-House Staff: If you already have an in-house team of professionals and the work pressure is mounting on them, working with a small business assistant could fix the issue pretty quickly. What’s more, releasing the extra burden will also increase your employees’ productivity and you can expect them to deliver better work quality.

Working with a small business helper can be the answer if you’re not in a position to hire fulltime employees. It will help you save both time and money. You won’t need to work late nights or at the weekends to finish work projects on time. You won’t need to stress yourself over those day-to-day tasks that you dislike doing. You’ll really enjoy the freedom.

If you haven’t contracted a small business assistant yet you should start to consider one.

If you have any questions please feel free to Contact Us.

Provisio Circle has Professional Liability insurance as an extra added protection for our clients.

 

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Excise Fuel Tax Refunds for Off Road Use

When you purchase un-dyed motor fuel you are paying federal and state excise tax.  The tax on this fuel is meant for vehicles and equipment used on roads and highways.  If you use this fuel to power vehicles and equipment used off-road you may qualify for a Federal and/or State refund or credit. The vehicle and equipment used off-road must not be registered or required to be registered for highway use under the laws of any state or foreign country.

In most states and for the federal government, the taxes collected are placed into a special fund designated for highway and road construction and maintenance. The federal trust fund is primarily devoted to the interstate highway system and related infrastructure maintenance and improvement. Each state administers its own highway trust fund.

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Federal Refunds

To claim a credit for the federal tax, taxpayers file with their tax return Form 4136, Credit for Federal Tax Paid on Fuels. If the expense for purchasing the fuel (including the tax) is deducted as a business expense, the credit or refund must be included in gross income by the taxpayer. Taxpayers with at least $750 in credit or refund due in a quarter or any number of quarters within a year may file for a refund with Schedule 1 of Form 8849, Claim for Refund of Excise Taxes.

In order to claim this Federal refund or credit, your company must keep accurate fuel records – regardless if you buy in bulk or by the gallon.

State Refunds

The state taxes per gallon of motor fuel vary from 8 cents in Alaska to 37.5 cents in Washington. For diesel fuel, the state tax rates vary from 8 cents in Alaska to 39.6 cents in Connecticut. Each state has its own forms and rules for applying for a state motor fuel tax refund. For example, in North Carolina, a taxpayer must keep track of fuel purchased for approved uses and report the number of gallons used on the appropriate tax form, such as Form GAS 1201, Motor Fuel Claim for Refund Tax-Paid Motor Fuel Used Off-Highway. The taxpayer must also report the type of equipment using the fuel, type of fuel used in each vehicle and fuel tank capacity. For farms, the taxpayer also must report the number of acres farmed.  Many of these forms can be submitted online. (Source: MARC I. LEBOW)

As with Federal refunds, in order to claim state refunds, your company must keep accurate fuel records – regardless if you buy in bulk or by the gallon.

Example

Faith Underground operates gasoline powered drills, generators and other equipment along with diesel-powered directional boring machines, fusing machines, and vac-trons on their job sites in North Carolina.  During 2016, Faith Underground purchased and used in the equipment 8,000 gallons of gasoline for which excise taxes were included and 9,000 gallons of un-dyed diesel. On its 2016 federal income tax return, Faith Underground claims the following federal credit or refund for off-highway business use:

Fuel Gallons Credit per gallon Amount
Gasoline 8,000 $0.183 $1,464
Diesel 9,000 $0.243 $2,187
Total federal refund/credit $3,651

Faith Underground also calculates a North Carolina state refund.

Fuel Gallons Credit per gallon Amount
Gasoline 8,000 $0.18 $1,440
Diesel 9,000 $0.18 $1,620
Total Texas state refund $3,060

Total federal and state refund/credit                            $6,711

Faith Underground reports the refund or credit in gross income on its federal income tax return. Applying a marginal corporate income tax rate of 35% makes the after-tax value of the refund or credit $4,363, less any similar effect on their corporation franchise tax liability.

If you aren’t taking advantage of this refund or credit let us help you! Provisio Circle will audit your fuel purchases to see if you are eligible to claim a Federal and/or State refund or credit.  Many of these credits can be backdated up to three or four years.  Potentially earning you thousands of dollars in refunds or credits.

Our team will gather the data, complete the proper forms, submit the claims, and keep supporting records.

Learn more about our Services or Contact Us for more information.

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FMCSA Medical Certification Process*

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Do you know which of your drivers need to be medically certified?

According to the FMCSA, drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) must be medically certified.  The Federal definition (which applies to interstate drivers) says that a CMV is a vehicle with:

  • GVW or GCW @ 10,001+ lbs.
  • GVWR or GCWR @ 10,001+ lbs.
  • Placarded Hazmat
  • Transports 9+ people for profit
  • Transports 16+ people for any reason

This means CDL and Non-CDL drivers, mechanics, supervisors, full time/part time, pickup drivers, owner/operators, and a variety of other drivers may need medical certification.

When is a DOT Exam Required?

A DOT exam is required before a driver operates your company’s CMV.  For new hires, your company may:

  • Accept a valid medical certificate/MVR, or
  • Require a new exam

What happens when a driver passes the DOT exam?

The medical examiner’s certificate will be issued to the driver.  The driver gets the original copy, the examiner keeps a copy for 3 years, and a copy is sent to any employing motor carrier who requests it.

Non-CDL drivers must always carry the medical card with them.

CDL drivers must carry the medical card for a minimum of 15 days after the exam (law enforcement officers my accept the card for up to 60 days after the exam).

CDL drivers must provide a copy of the medical card to their state licensing agency within approximately 5 days after the exam.  This is called “self-certification”.  Failure to provide this information may result in their license being downgraded.

Employers must update non-CDL drivers’ qualification file with the medical card and this must be kept in the file for 3 years.

Employers must receive proof for CDL drivers and place this in their qualification file.  The medical card can be placed in the file for up to 15 days after the exam.  Thereafter, the employer must request an official motor vehicle record showing the current medical certification information.  Employers must also verify that the medical examiner that preformed the exam is listed on the National Registry.  You can access the National Registry here.  This information must be kept in the file for 3 years.

What are the penalties for non-compliance?

  • Out of Service (OOS) at roadside inspections
  • Citations and CSA points
  • Record keeping violations: $1214 per day, up to $12,135
  • Knowing falsification: $12,135
  • Non-record keeping safety violations
    • $14,739 for the company
    • $3,685 for drivers
  • Failing Factor 2 on an audit

Changes to the policy

There are no changes in the works for non-CDL drivers.

Effective June 2018, CDL drivers will no longer be issued medical cards.  The driver’s MVR will be the only allowed proof of medical certification.  The medical examiner will have 1 day to upload results and will be transferred electronically to the state licensing agency.  Employers will no longer be required to verify the medical examiner against the National Registry listing.

When in comes to intrastate, each state has different threshold definitions when pertaining to medical certification.

Provisio Circle can help you with interstate and intrastate regulations.  For additional information and pricing options please Contact Us!

 

*Most information taken from webcast: Navigating compliance: The FMCSA Medical Certification Process
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Would you feed your family with the food that comes off your trucks?

Would you feed your family with the food that comes off your trucks?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration finalized a new food safety rule in April to prevent food contamination during transportation. The rule, under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), requires those involved in transporting human and animal food – shippers, loaders, carriers and receivers – to follow best practices for sanitary transportation, such as properly refrigerating food, adequately cleaning vehicles between loads and properly protecting food during transportation.

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Small businesses other than motor carriers that are not also shippers and/or receivers, employ fewer than 500 persons and motor carriers having less than $27.5 million in annual receipts have to comply with the new rules two years after the April 6, 2016, publication of the final rule. Other businesses that are not otherwise excluded from coverage have to comply one year after the publication of the final rule – April 2017.

Changes to the rule include:

* Added transportation operations (cleaning, inspection, maintenance, loading and unloading, and operation)

* Added loaders and unloaders – starting to target the personnel involved

* Flexibility in temperature monitoring (shipper request for continuous monitoring)

* Requirement to take appropriate action in case of adulteration due to equipment failure. That means, Ryan explained, if a reefer fails or containers are compromised and allow contaminants in, it has to be recorded and shown in documentation that action was taken.

* Vehicles and equipment must match needs of transported food

* Shipper reliance on contractual agreements and procedures to assign some of these responsibilities to other parties, if they agree to accept the responsibility.

All carriers will be required to train their drivers and transportation personnel on the rules, awareness of potential food safety problems such as cross contamination that may occur during food transportation, and basic sanitary transportation practices to address those potential problems.

Carriers must supply a vehicle and transportation equipment that:

  1. Meets any requirements specified by the shipper
  2. Appropriate to prevent the food from becoming filthy, putrid, decomposed or otherwise unfit.
  3. Demonstrate to the shipper and if requested, to the receiver, that it has maintained temperature conditions during the transportation operation consistent with those specified by the shipper.

The rule requires those involved in transporting human and animal food properly refrigerate food, adequately clean vehicles between loads and properly protect food during transportation.

* Create a food safety team or one person to develop procedures for the company.

* Consider the appropriate Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP). Are these standards within your industry? What are we asking our employees to do? How should our processes be completed to be efficient and promote food safety?

* Create a Food Safety Manual. Start with GMPs and document them. Ask yourself: “What are we transporting here? Can we mix this with other types of freight? Is there a risk of cross-contamination? How will you transport safely for the duration of the trip?”

Other factors to consider are site and vehicle security. Do you know who’s in your building? Someone could walk into your building and tamper with food and raw products. That could get traced back to you if you don’t have proper safety measures in place.

When it comes to training you should link food safety training to all employee orientation programs and keep records of all training. And be sure to follow-up.

Have scheduled meetings and times to check on your processes; walk through the facility and look at equipment, talk to your drivers, talk to your customers, visit your partners to make sure they’re handling your food in a manner consistent with your safety goals.

Preparation and prevention is key. By starting now carriers will solidify themselves for any future inspections.

By getting out in front of this, this will keep you from losing money, recalls, being put out of service, and you will not be the reason people will get sick or die from foodborne illness.

 

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PrePass expanding weigh station bypass services in North Carolina

Drivers using PrePass weigh station bypass services in North Carolina will soon be able to bypass 10 additional weigh stations in the state, PrePass has announced.

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol says it has seen success at the existing PrePass sites at the Hillsborough weigh stations along I-40 and wants to expand the service.

PrePass parent company Help Inc. says the following locations will be able to process PrePass-qualified trucks within approximately 60 days:

  • I-95 northbound near Lumberton
  • I-95 southbound in Halifax County
  • I-85 northbound in Gaston County
  • I-85 southbound near Charlotte
  • I-77 southbound near Mount Airy
  • I-77 northbound near Mount Airy
  • I-40 eastbound near Asheville
  • I-26 westbound near Hendersonville
  • I-40 eastbound near Statesville
  • I-40 westbound near Statesville

“On behalf of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, we are pleased to see the expansion of PrePass in our state,” says Lt. Terry Robinson, head of NCSHP’s commercial vehicle enforcement programs. “Building on the success of the original integration of PrePass with NCPass at Hillsborough, we look forward to providing increased efficiencies to facilitate safe freight movement in North Carolina.”

To visit the NCPass website click here To view original article click here

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ELD data: Take control of yours to avoid IFTA, IRP audit fines

If you’re in the situation of many owner-operators and small fleets and trying to squeeze a little return-on-investment out of an ELD, tread carefully with players new to the trucking industry getting into the partial automation of International Fuel Tax Agreement and International Registration Plan data collection for tax-reporting purposes. Buyer beware, say reps of the National American Transportation Services Association, whose member companies collectively work with more than 75,000 carriers who operate more than a million trucks.

Current NATSA President Dave Gray, also president of compliance services provider Glostone Trucking Solutions, emphasizes different standards for ELDs’ hours-of-service compliance support functions and IFTA data’s needs, particularly in the realm of long-term record-keeping.

State IFTA and International Registration Plan auditors, should you be audited by either, will want records going back four to nearly seven years, respectively, far and away beyond what’s needed for hours of service. If you end up utilizing an ELD service provider for IFTA/IRP data collection, don’t purge mileage and/or trip data you download from the ELD provider yourself, and make sure your agreement with the provider gives you ready access to that data years down the line if it’s stored primarily in a cloud account.

Have you ever been through an IFTA or IRP audit?

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As recent polling above shows, most owner-operators have been through an IFTA or IRP audit (or both), often triggered by a substantial reduction in annual reported mileage or a significant rise in miles-per-gallon efficiency, according to some.

Other differences between ELDs’ hours-related data requirements and IFTA needs are in the area of “distance and accuracy” for tracking purposes, Gray says. “An ELD doesn’t need to [by law] be nearly as precise as what IFTA and IRP require.” Though many ELD providers do in fact go beyond well beyond the minimums required in the ELD rule, if they don’t, the minimum hourly ping of location specified in the rule isn’t going to be enough to satisfy what an IFTA or IRP auditor will want to verify your tax/registration filings.

Tracking standards for some special driving categories within ELDs, particularly personal conveyance, are required to be relaxed as well, and could complicate the need to track all miles – what IFTA and IRP ultimately want.

If you’re like many owner-operators and record your odometer readings at state line crossings, don’t stop doing that when switching to utilizing an ELD’s record-keeping services. Validate the distances the ELD records “against your odometer reading” at state-line crossings and elsewhere, Gray says, “to make sure every mile is captured” before putting your full trust in any solution.

If not, you could easily end up reporting your state miles short, and an auditor could have a field day re-creating your trips and calculating interest on short payments, notes Gary Markham of ProMiles, also a NATSA member company.
That’s not to mention fines. At the end of the day, carriers are the party ultimately responsible for their miles/gallons-reporting accuracy, not a service provider.

The crazy quilt of intrastate hours logging and ELD mandates

States failing to adopt an e-logging mandate. Hours of service regs differing from the federal rule. ELDs missing state-specific features. For the intrastate driver required …

Mike Riegel, president of relatively new low-cost ELD provider Blue Ink Technology, one of the few BYOD-type devices without an ongoing monthly subscription, well understands the differences in what’s required for IFTA/IRP versus the ELD spec for hours recording.

His company is developing its IFTA collection/report-generation service now for ELD customers. As also noted above, “distance data needs to be recorded more frequently in order to get a good resolution inside of a state line, so for IFTA we will take position information once a minute,” Riegel says.

Blue Ink is offering ELD customers free use of its IFTA service through the end of the year, likewise a fault-code-reading function also in beta stage. “Once these services are out of the beta stage they will be $10/month per truck.” During the testing phase, Blue Ink will be looking to verify its service’s accuracy and “take the users’ feedback about once or twice a month, provide them with reports and use that feedback to format the reports and the app in a way that other drivers can easily read and record their data for IFTA. This will let us know what drivers expect out of their IFTA service.”

| June 16, 2017

View Original Article HERE

Provisio Circle can help you with IFTA, IRP, and ELDS (electronic logs).  Contact us today to find out more information.

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Five Things Your Drivers Don’t Know About Roadside Inspections

Andy Blair was a municipal police officer for 26 years and received DOT training through the Pennsylvania State Police. He inspected trucks for his last 11 years on the force. Blair is DOT-certified in cargo, tank and hazmat, and he also was a weighmaster. Now retired from law enforcement, he operates DOT Checkups, a York, Pennsylvania company that fleets hire to inspect their trucks before they hit the road. He conducts 300 to 400 inspections of all levels every year.

Here’s what he wants drivers and managers to know about roadside inspections.

1 – A tidy cab can often mean ‘move along.’ “I can’t inspect every truck that comes my way so I have to use my discretion and experience. Certainly, I look at your BASIC scores, and maybe you’ve got a light out – that’s a no-brainer –  but beyond that  I look inside the truck.  I realize that some guys are on the road quite a bit.  I get that. And some of them, to a degree, live in their truck or certainly spend a fair amount of time in it.  But when I see what looks like a pigsty on the inside of the truck, my thoughts are ‘that’s how this guy is going to  maintain his truck,’ assuming he’s the operator.  Even if he’s not, it may be an indication of how well he keeps after the company to fix things.  I’m not talking a couple items of trash or a McDonald’s bag laying around. We’re not expecting that Mr. Clean just came by and visited you. I’m talking about something that looks bad and smells bad. We’re talking some heavy disarray, not just something thrown in a corner. So, right away I’m thinking, ‘Okay, I get it. This guy really doesn’t keep after things too well.’ The chances of me finding something wrong with the truck are probably better.”

2 – Make your documents easy for me to inspect.  “I’ve stopped you, I’ve pulled you in, and I’ve made a quick assessment of what you truck looks like. I’m now asking for your documents. If you’re one of those guys that just can’t find your stuff, or you’re handing me papers from 2009,  2010 and 2011, then you know what? Pull it in; you’re going to be here for a while. Probably the best presentations that I see are when the driver takes the time to put the documents in something like a ring binder – medical card, registration, all that. It makes it easier to look through.  If it’s a rainy day, I don’t have to worry about dropping them and the wind blowing it away. It just keeps it neater and cleaner, and it looks good. If so, you may be on your way. I stopped a lot of trucks and I didn’t inspect every one of them. If a guy looked like his truck was in good shape and his documents looked good, too, then chances of me going further were diminished.”

3 – Attitude counts. “It’s totally my discretion as an officer who I pick to inspect. Don’t do or say anything to volunteer yourself [for an inspection] by doing dumb stuff. I don’t want to hear: ‘What’d ya stop me for? I didn’t do anything wrong.’ If you can do anything to mitigate the chances or likelihood of being held up and inspected, it’s probably worth your time to do that, even if you don’t feel like it. At this point, I’ve looked in your cab, checked your documents, and seen how you handle yourself and how you answer my questions. Right now, I’m going to make my decision: throw you back in the pond or reel you in, which brings us to the next item…”

4 – I don’t have a quota for citations, but I have a quota for inspections. “Even if you look good, I still may inspect your truck, because I need to get some inspections done. There are never any requirements to write a ticket, but there are requirements to do a minimum number of inspections [per quarter] to keep my credentials current. There are times that you may have a great truck and you have all your documents and the inspector still says, “We’re doing a level one.” That’s just how it goes.”

5 – If you’re chosen for inspection, grit your teeth and go through it with some grace. If you’ve got a good truck, you might get an ‘atta-boy’ as I like to call it. The more you cooperate with the officer, the better you’ll get through the inspection, because the officer has the full discretion to write, or not to write, and to cite you or cite the company. It’s not etched in stone, but usually the equipment stuff I would write to the company. The pre-trip stuff, I would cite to the driver.  Once I’ve decided that we’re going through with an inspection, I ask ‘is there anything wrong with your truck today that you know from your pre-trip inspection?’  If the answer is ‘no, I’ll say, ‘Good for you. I’m going to do your pre-trip again.’ I’ve had owner-operators who, when I asked for their fire extinguisher and triangles, didn’t know where they were. Some triangles would be missing or the fire extinguishers would be covered with dirt and discharged. On the other hand, every driver that told me right up front, “I did my pre-trip today and I found this and this wrong,” I’ve never written a citation.  I might write the company but I didn’t write the driver.  I understand that between the terminal and the inspection area a light can go out, and so I don’t get all that excited. But you can’t tell me that you left the terminal 80 miles ago and that your tire went completely smooth in 80 miles.”

In summary, Blair says: “A lot of this is common sense. If the truck looks half decent, if the driver is prepared, if they have their documents, if they have everything ready to go, and they’re decent about it, have a good attitude – even if they’re gritting their teeth – they reduce the likelihood and chances of the officer going further. I can’t say it prohibits it, but you have a better chance of not being held up and getting on your way faster.”

A Former DOT Inspector Tells All
View Original Article HERE
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Inspection Blitz June 6-8 – Are you ready?

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International Roadcheck, in its 30th year in 2017, is the largest targeted enforcement program on commercial motor vehicles in the world, with nearly 15 trucks or buses inspected, on average, every minute across North America during a 72-hour period.

International Roadcheck is an annual three-day event when CVSA-certified inspectors conduct compliance, enforcement and educational initiatives targeted at various elements of motor carrier, vehicle and driver safety.

Since its inception in 1988, roadside inspections conducted during International Roadcheck have numbered more than 1.4 million. Roadcheck also provides an opportunity to educate industry and the general public about the importance of safe commercial vehicle operations and the roadside inspection program.

CVSA sponsors International Roadcheck with participation by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators, Transport Canada and the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation (Mexico).

This year’s International Roadcheck will take place June 6-8, 2017.

Sources say this year’s focus will be on cargo securement.

According to the numbers provided by CVSA, in 2016 a total of 62,796  inspections were done in a 72 hour period.  Of those, 21.5% were placed out of service, including 3.4% of drivers.

Contact us to learn more about how you can keep your fleet on the road and in compliance!

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Searching for the perfect ELD…

KeepTruckin ELD Officially Certified by the FMCSA

KeepTruckin is on a mission is to build the most powerful and reliable ELD system on the market. The foundation of that mission is full compliance with the 516 pages of requirements in the ELD mandate. After extensive product development and exhaustive testing, we are thrilled to announce that KeepTruckin is now officially certified by the FMCSA as an approved ELD vendor.

One of KeepTruckin’s core values is transparency — below are the exact steps we’ve taken to ensure that our ELD is fully compliant with DOT regulations. As you evaluate ELD vendors, ask them to prove to you that they can deliver on each one of these features — if they can’t, you won’t be compliant with the ELD mandate.

Unidentified Driving

The ELD mandate requires that all vehicle motion is tracked by an engine-connected device. For those times when a driver has not specifically logged into the ELD to associate the vehicle’s operation with their logs, that time must be recorded and attributed to an “unidentified driver”.

Upon logging in or connecting to a vehicle, a driver should be shown the unidentified driving segments that have been accumulated on that vehicle over the past 24 hours and 7 days. We prominently display this information to drivers, which makes it easy for them to claim their Driving time.

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