As the Director of Industry Affairs for Omnitracs, I’m often sought out by industry associations to speak at their conferences on the regulatory environment and how certain regulations, such as the new hours of service rules and the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate, will impact fleets. In September, I have a few speaking engagements in Philadelphia and Ohio and my schedule of events is listed below:
On July 24, I had the pleasure of hosting a webinar along with my colleague, Eric Witty, during which we provided an update on industry regulations, and explained how they may impact your business as well as what you can do to be prepared. During the webinar we offered insight on the following topics...
On July 18, 2013, The Trucking Industry Mobility and Technology Coalition (TIMTC) hosted a webinar on “Connectivity for Trucks.” As a panel member, I presented a broad perspective on connected vehicle capabilities for trucks with technology that is available to the industry today for improved safety and efficiency.
Join us for a free webinar on Wednesday, July 24 at 10:00am PST, to learn about the latest updates to industry regulations, how they affect your business, and what you can do to be prepared. Dave Kraft, Omnitracs Director of Industry Affairs, will provide a mid-year regulatory update, and Eric Witty, Omnitracs Staff Product Manager, will share emerging industry trends regarding eLogs.
The Trucking Industry Mobility and Technology Coalition (TIMTC) will host a free webinar, “Connectivity for Trucks,” on Thursday, July 18 from 2:00 to 3:30pm EDT. The webinar will feature industry experts—including Omnitracs Director of Industry Affairs Dave Kraft-- discussing recent advances in mobile and fleet management technologies.
A couple years ago I did a blog post titled: “ELDs and EOBRs – What’s the Difference?” I suggested that: “an electronic logging device (ELD) was the latest term and according to some reports that they are not only better than electronic on-board recorders (EOBRs) but they cost less. That’s progress!” However, I also noted that there was no basis for that claim and even the origin of the ELD term was in question at that time. Well, things have changed and we now need to embrace “ELD” as a new term for electronic driver logs.
A few months ago I wrote a blog post about “CSA – A Work in Progress” and now I thought an update might be in order. Previously, I reported that FMCSA initiated a CSA subcommittee with the Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee (MCSAC) to address the issues being considered with CSA and its Safety Measurement System (SMS) ratings of carriers. The CSA subcommittee includes some members from MCSAC as well as other representatives from industry, safety groups, and enforcement. In April 2013, the CSA subcommittee submitted its initial report that identified some key priorities related to improving CSA and the SMS rating approach. It should be noted that no quick fixes to the issues were raised, and some recommendations mightrequire more analysis and research as well as considerable time to implement.
How can we most effectively pinpoint and integrate the right technology to fit our unique operational needs?
While an FMCSA rulemaking for an EOBR mandate may still be a few years away from taking effect, there is much to be gained in using these systems now.
Hours of service changes, Safety Measurement System changes, CSA program evaluation, the EOBR mandate, and requirements for FMCSA rulemaking