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On December 18, 2017, the ELD mandate became effective, which means that non-exempt drivers required FMCSA-compliant electronic logging devices.

However, according to a recent “Bloomberg/Truckstop Quarterly Truckload Survey,” approximately 868,000 drivers didn’t have a compliant ELD solution at the end of December 2017.

Some drivers didn’t adopt an ELD solution because of the “soft enforcement” period.

The CVSA and the FMCSA had announced that until April 1, 2018, ELD violations wouldn’t affect CSA scores. Moreover, drivers also wouldn’t be placed out-of-service until April 1.

However, even that “soft enforcement” deadline is about to end very soon.

The April 1 ELD enforcement deadline is here. Non-exempt commercial drivers without ELDs will face several difficulties if they don’t have a compliant ELD solution.

6 tips for installing ELDs in 2018

Before the ELD mandate, implementing ELDs was a confusing process for many carriers and truckers. They didn’t have a lot of clarity.

Things have changed since then, but some drivers are still slightly confused.

In this article, we will walk you through the ELD implementation process, so you can install a compliant ELD solution and be ready before full enforcement begins.

1. Finding an FMCSA-compliant ELD solution

It’s all about compliance.

If your chosen ELD solution isn’t FMCSA-compliant, it’s of no use.

If you’re not sure which ELD you want to buy, start with the FMCSA’s list of self-certified ELDs. However, note that not all ELDs in the FMCSA’s self-certified list are 100% compliant.

Annette Sandberg, ex-FMCSA head, once said:

“As a former regulator, the biggest concern I have is the number of ELD vendors that are currently on the FMCSA list [of approved vendors] that probably should not be. Vendors on this list are supposed to have ELD systems that can be self-certified, which means it meets the criteria and can be added to the approved list.”

In short, self-certified does not mean compliant.

You will have to do your own research to find a compliant ELD solution.

The FMCSA’s “Choosing an Electronic Logging Device Checklist” is a good resource to continue your research.

2. Focus on ease of use

Using ELDs can be confusing for some drivers — especially for those who have been using paper logs for decades. Therefore, ease-of-use should be one of your primary concerns.

Are the ELD and the driver app easy-to-use, simple, and intuitive? Because if they are not, you will have headaches down the road.

Adopting technology should simplify your operations, automate processes, and minimize efforts — not the other way around.

From design to functionality to features, everything should be well thought out and intuitive.

Sierra Mountain Express chose KeepTruckin for its simplicity and ease of use. Safety Manager Eric Stallings, who had previously used Rand McNally, said:

“Our back office staff likes KeepTruckin 100% better. With Rand, we had to go through a long drop down and complex series of clicks just to see a driver’s logs. With KeepTruckin, you click a button, and there they are. A well thought out design.”

He also added, “Each new feature KeepTruckin has added is simple and built with the user in mind.”

In short, the ELD system should be simple enough that it works for you, simplifies your operations, and makes you more productive.

3. Analyze third-party and user reviews

Before making any decision, it is important to analyze third-party reviews. ELDratings.com is a good resource for independent ELD reviews.

Furthermore, you should also analyze user reviews by visiting the ELD company’s Facebook page as well as Google Play Store and iTunes pages.

By analyzing user reviews, you will be able to identify the problems that drivers are facing on a regular basis, e.g., connectivity problems, app freezing and crashing, difficulty in using the app, etc.

When reading the reviews, also look for the following issues to spot any compliance-related problems that you may have to deal with later.

  • Incorrect location, odometer, and mileage data
  • A reliance on cellular connectivity
  • Not recognizing duty status changes
  • Modifying duty status changes incorrectly
  • An inability to send a compliant output file during roadside inspections
  • Unreliable notifications for upcoming violations

If you spot any of these problems, there’s a good chance that drivers using that app could be facing compliance issues.

The good news is that KeepTruckin doesn’t have any of these problems.

The KeepTruckin Electronic Logbook App is the highest-rated mobile elog app on Google Play Store and iTunes with over 13,000 5.0 star reviews. Over 500,000 drivers trust the KeepTruckin App for their regulatory needs.

Following are some user reviews.

4. Don’t neglect technical support

If an ELD provider does not offer 24×7 technical support, run away.

Electronic logging devices can sometimes be too technical for some drivers and fleet managers — especially in the beginning. You need a helpful support staff to walk you through each and every step.

If you have to wait hours before someone responds, it’s not going to help you.

Besides, an active technical support system reflects how a company treats its customers, and you deserve the best.

Find the company’s support line number and give it a call. If you can’t get a prompt response, that’s a huge red flag. This shows the kind of delays you will have to face once you buy an ELD from that company.

Jerry Albert, the General Manager at Kansas City Limousine, said the following about KeepTruckin’s support:

“Right from the start, it was obvious KeepTruckin’s customer service, and communication was phenomenal. The other companies just didn’t seem as on top of it.”

And here is what Matt Myers, a fleet supervisor at CSX Intermodal, has to say about the KeepTruckin support system:

“With KeepTruckin, I get through to a person right away. Our drivers have also been impressed with the support. If they have a question, they get an answer within five minutes.”

Support is critical. Unless you are seeing such raving reviews about an ELD vendor’s support system, you should be very cautious.

After all, you wouldn’t want to wait for hours to get a response while your ELD isn’t working and you’re losing valuable hours, would you?

5. Compare ELD prices

Not all ELDs are priced equally.

Some ELD vendors still charge thousands of dollars, while other ELD solutions are available for as low as $20 per month with no additional charges.

Before you choose an ELD solution, make sure to compare prices.

Use our free ELD price comparison chart to see what others are charging.

Note: Some ELD vendors also have hidden charges apart from the monthly fees and upfront cost you pay. Make sure to extract complete information — the exact amount that you’d be paying.

The KeepTruckin ELD is FMCSA-compliant and costs just $20 per month with no additional charges whatsoever.

If you want additional features, such as automated IFTA calculation, driver scorecards, vehicle diagnostics, and idle-time tracking, you can buy the KeepTruckin ELD Plus for just $30 per month.

6. Shipping time

The April 1, 2018, enforcement deadline is just around the corner, and you would want the ELDs shipped to you as soon as possible.

Before you finalize the contract, make sure to confirm the time it would take for the ELD provider to ship your devices.

Also, take into account the time it would take for ELD installation and driver training.

KeepTruckin is delivering ELDs in just 3 days. You can buy the KeepTruckin ELD online in less than 5 minutes — no need to deal with a sales rep if you don’t want to.

Furthermore, if you are on the road, you can buy the KeepTruckin ELD from Pilot Flying J. Drivers who purchase the KeepTruckin ELD from PFJ will receive the ELD hardware device, a 9-pin and 6-pin cable, a DOT reference card, and instruction materials.

You can then set up the KeepTruckin ELD in only a few minutes and become compliant right away.

To find a travel center near you, use the Pilot Flying J store locator.

What’s next?

Non-exempt truckers only have a few days before the “soft enforcement” period ends. The April 1 enforcement deadline will bring severe penalties with it, so make sure you are 100% prepared.

Use the tips mentioned above to buy the perfect ELD solution for you in 2018.

If you want to buy the KeepTruckin ELD, you can buy it online today.

If you have any questions, please contact us at 855-434-ELOG or send us an email at support@keeptruckin.com. We are available 24×7 to help you.

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Roadside inspections can sometimes be a hassle — especially if your drivers don’t exactly know what to do. Untrained drivers are finding it slightly more difficult to deal with ELD inspections.

Enforcement and industry experts, however, believe that these problems can be easily resolved if drivers understand the ELDs installed in their vehicles and keep proper documentation in the cab.

The AOBRD “grandfathered” clause has especially caused a few problems for drivers and inspectors during roadside inspections.

According to the ELD mandate, non-exempt drivers need FMCSA-compliant electronic logging devices (or ELDs). However, the final ELD rule has a clause that allowed early adopters to use compliant AOBRDs (instead of ELDs) until December 16, 2019.

A driver using an AOBRD, instead of an ELD, should be able to tell the safety inspector about the grandfather clause and whether a driver is using an ELD or an AOBRD.

Furthermore, sometimes, there are no differences in the appearance of the devices. In many cases, the hardware is the same for ELDs as well as AOBRDs, and the only difference is the software.

Kerri Wirachowsky, CVSA’s Director of the roadside inspection program, recently said during a conference:

“The device looks the same to me as the inspector.”

She also advised that drivers should be able to know the difference between the two types of devices, whether they are using an ELD or an AOBRD, and how to navigate the device they’re operating.

“If your driver doesn’t know how to do it, things can go sideways pretty quick,” said Kerri Wirachowsky.

Kerri also raised an important point related to driver instruction cards. She emphasized the importance of keeping the correct driver instruction cards for their devices in the cab. It means that AOBRD users should only have AOBRD cards. Similarly, carriers with ELDs should only carry ELD cards.

Furthermore, fleets should get rid of the AOBRD documentation when they migrate from AOBRDs to ELDs. Keeping it simple and clutter-free is important.

“Drivers are producing all kinds of stuff roadside. Keep it simple. Keep it clean,” Kerri said.

Here are a few tips that would help drivers with roadside inspections.

  • Know your device. First, drivers should understand whether they have an ELD or an AOBRD. Second, they must be able to use the device perfectly.
  • Make sure to have enough log sheets to reproduce a week.
  • If a driver is running under an exemption (e.g., driving a vehicle with a pre-2000 engine), it’s important to keep a copy of the exemption in the truck.
  • In case of ELD malfunctions, remember that you have eight days to resolve that issue. In such a scenario, reliable technical support and fast response time by your ELD vendor become crucial.
  • The CVSA recently outlined driver and officer responsibilities during roadside inspections when drivers are using ELDs. Make sure you have read and understood the requirements.
  • Reproducing the entire week can be an issue for drivers. Using the KeepTruckin Electronic Logbook App can simplify that process.

Further reading: How KeepTruckin helps short-haul drivers with the driver workload report.

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Over 500,000 drivers use and love the KeepTruckin app. Try it for free today!

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Today, we announced that KeepTruckin has raised $50 million in Series C funding led by IVP with participation from existing investors Google Ventures, Index Ventures and Scale Venture Partners. We are also excited to welcome Sandy Miller and Roseanne Wincek of IVP to KeepTruckin’s Board of Directors.

This new funding is a direct result of the incredible effort from every one of our team members. The past 12 months have been nothing short of transformative for KeepTruckin.

  • We grew from 70 to 500 team members across six global offices.
  • We built the best in class electronic logs and fleet management platform with an average rating of 4.8 stars from 20,000+ drivers.
  • We expanded our customer base from 500 to over 30,000 companies.
  • We grew our annual recurring revenue 80X, becoming one of the fastest growing SaaS companies ever.

While 2017 was a great year, 2018 will take us to even greater heights. On April 1, the Department of Transportation’s ELD mandate goes into effect, requiring all truck drivers to use a compliant electronic logging device to record their hours of service. The impact of this regulation cannot be overstated — every long-haul truck in the United States will soon be connected, the prerequisite for building a more efficient freight marketplace and fundamentally improving the safety of America’s trucking industry.

With the #1 rated ELD, KeepTruckin is at the leading edge of this revolution. In less than five years, we have built the largest network of connected trucks in the world. But our work is just getting started.

Over the next year, we will scale our team to over 1,000 members across engineering, sales, support, and operations, to build and deliver the technology that will change the way freight is moved on our roads. If you want to join us on this journey, please visit keeptruckin.com/careers.

And finally, thank you to our investors who have supported us as we execute on our vision and to our customers who have inspired us to solve problems that matter.


Shoaib Makani

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The FMCSA has announced that truckers hauling livestock and ag products now have until June 18, 2018, to comply with the ELD mandate. In the meanwhile, ag/livestock haulers can continue to use paper logs.

The FMCSA’s ELD mandate became effective on December 18, 2017. However, considering the unique challenges that livestock/ag haulers face, the FMCSA announced a short-term waiver for them.

According to the short-term waiver, livestock/ag haulers had until March 18, 2018, to comply with the FMCSA’s electronic logging device mandate.

Now, the agency has decided to give another extension of 90 days to ag haulers — until June 18, 2018.

According to Joe Delorenzo, the FMCSA’s Head of Enforcement, the extension would allow the FMCSA “to continue to work on outreach and communication with the ag community, so they have the fullest understanding of the rule and regulations.”

Who will be exempt?

According to the FMCSA, drivers who haul “any agricultural commodity, non-processed food, feed, fiber, or livestock” will be covered by the waiver.

The FMCSA defines livestock as “… cattle, elk, reindeer, bison, horses, deer, sheep, goats, swine, poultry (including egg-producing poultry), fish used for food and other animals designated … that are part of a foundation herd or offspring.”

It is important to note that the extension applies to all drivers hauling the loads mentioned above, whether or not they cross state lines.

In short, if you were covered by the first ELD waiver, you’d be exempt from complying with the ELD mandate until June 18, 2018.

A copy of the waiver

Drivers who are covered by the exemption are advised to keep a copy of the FMCSA’s waiver with them.

The FMCSA has confirmed that it will soon formally publish the exemption extension in the Federal Register.

The FMCSA to issue further guidance

It’s also important to remember that the waiver does not modify the HOS regulations for livestock/ag haulers in any way.

Some hours-of-service regulations for ag haulers have been questioned after the ELD mandate implementation. The FMCSA said that it will issue further guidance in the coming months.

The guidance will be related to the 150 air-mile radius exemption, personal conveyance, and ELD usage.

Ensuring compliance

The FMCSA has extended the waiver for livestock/ag haulers. It means that drivers covered by this waiver have until June 18 to comply with the ELD mandate.

However, many ag haulers are installing KeepTruckin ELDs anyway because of the various benefits our electronic logging devices offer.

If you want to learn more, read how do livestock/ag haulers benefit from KeepTruckin ELDs?

Moreover, installing ELDs before the deadline will help you with driver training, understanding how the device works and setting a strong foundation for a smooth transition.

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The KeepTruckin ELD is FMCSA-compliant, feature-rich, and starts at just $20 per month with no additional charges.

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You can also buy the KeepTruckin ELD online in less than 5 minutes.

If you have any questions, give us a call at 855-434-ELOG or send us an email at support@keeptruckin.com. Our 24×7 active support team is always here to help you.

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According to Geoffrey Wood, Senior Vice President of Policy for the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA), Canada’s ELD mandate will be very similar to the U.S. ELD rule.

Wood said, “The goal of this effort in Canada is to mirror the effort here in the U.S.”

Geoffrey Wood also said that the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) has been in favor of a Canadian ELD mandate for about a decade. He also said that the alliance does not want to see any conflict between the two countries over the use of electronic logging devices.

It is good news for truckers that Canada is actively working to mirror the U.S. ELD mandate. If the rules are more or less same on both sides of the border, drivers won’t have much to worry about when traveling in either country.

At the moment, the Canadian ELD proposal is in the Gazette 1 phase. Geoffrey Wood said that the Canadian Trucking Alliance would like to see it reach a final decision (or the Gazette 2 phase) by June 2018.

Moreover, CTA also amended its position on the timeframe for ELD regulation in December ‘17. The alliance requested that the mandate should be enforced by the end of 2019.

According to Geoffrey Wood, “Talking to a number of folks both in industry and in government, this is a realistic timeframe.”

Talking about the Canadian ELD proposal, Wood assured that carriers don’t have much to worry about. “We don’t see a lot of issues with what’s been put forward,” said Wood.

Having said that, the Canadian Trucking Alliance has identified 10 minor issues with the Canadian rule. None of these issues, however, are critical, according to Geoffrey Wood.

Differences over the model year

There is one big point on which the Canadian Trucking Alliance differed from Transport Canada as well the FMCSA.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has made it clear that the ELD mandate applies to vehicles with the model year 2000 or later. On the other hand, CTA initially wanted the Canadian ELD mandate to be applied to model trucks 1995 or newer.

However, it has been indicated by Transport Canada that they would resemble the standards set by the FMCSA.

Geoffrey Wood has confirmed that the Canadian Trucking Alliance wouldn’t insist on including vehicles up to 1995 if it causes synchronization problems with the U.S. ELD mandate.

As Canada’s version of the ELD mandate is coming soon, enforcement officers have already started training on how to conduct ELD inspections. This training is expected to continue until the mandate becomes effective.

“Goal is to have consistency across all the Canadian jurisdictions, and should something pop up, we have processes to deal with it,” said Geoffrey Wood.

What’s next?

The U.S. ELD mandate became effective on December 18, 2017. The Canadian ELD rule is expected to become mandatory by the end of December 2019.

In the meanwhile, the April 1 ELD enforcement deadline is fast approaching for truckers in the United States. April 1 marks the end of the “soft enforcement” period.

Non-exempt truckers without ELDs after April 1st will face severe penalties. If you want to learn more about it, read what happens if you don’t have an ELD after April 1, 2018.

If you want a reliable and FMCSA-compliant ELD solution before April 1, try KeepTruckin.

The KeepTruckin ELD is the highest-rated ELD and starts from just $20 per month with no additional charges.

If you have any questions about the KeepTruckin ELD solution, you can give us a call at 855-434-ELOG or send us an email at support@keeptruckin.com.

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Raymond P. Martinez, President Trump’s nominee for heading the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, has officially assumed leadership of the agency.

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao swore in Martinez as the new head of the FMCSA.

Chao believes that Martinez is the right man for the job. She said, “Ray’s years of experience promoting traffic safety at the state level, as well as his knowledge of the commercial motor vehicle industry, will help FMCSA fulfill its critical mission of improving truck and bus safety.”

It’s an honor and privilege to serve my fellow Americans in this capacity and, under Secretary Chao’s leadership, I look forward to working with all commercial vehicle stakeholders to effectively reduce the number of truck and bus crashes on our nation’s roads,” said Martinez.

A supporter of the ELD mandate and data-driven reforms

In October, when Raymond Martinez appeared before the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee for a hearing on his appointment, Martinez expressed his support for the ELD mandate, which became effective from December 18, 2017.

Martinez acknowledged both the complexities and the necessity of the ELD mandate.

“The goal is to not cripple commerce. The goal is to make roadways safer,” said Martinez.

Martinez also vowed to look into studies made on Compliance, Safety, Accountability “to make appropriate changes as recommended on how best to move forward.” He wants to make the CSA program more precise in its ability to measure the crash risk of carriers.

Regarding the use of paper logs, Martinez admitted during his appearance before the Senate committee that the manual recording of hours is “susceptible to fraudulent entries.”

The American Trucking Associations had expressed their support for Martinez.

ATA President and Chief Executive Chris Spear said in a statement, “Mr. Martinez is well-known to our industry from his work in New Jersey and New York, and exudes the kind of professionalism, integrity and focus on safety that FMCSA needs.”

Gail Toth, Executive Director of the New Jersey Motor Truck Association, noted that Martinez would be “an asset” at the FMCSA.

Martinez took over from Scott Darling, who was the FMCSA’s head in the last two years of President Obama’s second term. After Trump became President in January, Deputy Administrator Daphne Jefferson headed the FMCSA on an interim basis.

With Martinez as the head of the FMCSA, we can expect more data-driven reforms that would help truckers and improve road safety.

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The clock is ticking.

In just a couple of weeks, the “soft enforcement” deadline will be over.

According to the CVSA, the FMCSA, and industry experts, non-exempt truckers without ELDs will face severe penalties after April 1, 2018.

Are you prepared?

According to a recent Bloomberg/Truckstop Quarterly Truckload Survey, approximately 868,000 truckers are not. The survey reveals that 868,000 truckers are without an FMCSA-compliant ELD solution.

If you are one of them, it is crucial that you install a compliant and reliable ELD before April 1.

Will there be an extension?

Some groups are spreading rumors that the April 1st deadline will be extended. That’s not true at all.

The CVSA’s Executive Director, Collin Mooney, has confirmed that the April 1st deadline will not be extended. He said:

“We feel we have aided in the implementation process, and that’s it. We are disappointed with some segments of the industry that have taken the view that April 1 is the new implementation date and not what it is — the beginning of a stiff approach to mandate enforcement.”

When asked if there’s any possibility of extending the deadline, Collin replied, “None whatsoever.”

This should clear any doubts that some carriers may have. There is not going to be another “soft enforcement” period.

What happens after April 1, 2018?

Until now, some states have been very lenient with ELD mandate enforcement. Although inspectors recorded ELD violations, they didn’t always fine the drivers.

That’s not going to be the case anymore.

After April 1, drivers without ELDs will have to deal with the following:

  • ELD violations will affect CSA scores

In 2017, the FMCSA announced that ELD violations wouldn’t affect CSA scores during the soft enforcement period — until April 1, 2018.

However, after April 1st, ELD violations will directly impact a carrier’s CSA scores.

As you know, poor CSA scores increase your chances of roadside inspections, negatively affect your ability to get the best paying loads, and explore good business opportunities.

In a competitive environment, you need every help you can get. You don’t want poor CSA scores to hold you back and shut doors to great business opportunities and fantastic contracts.

  • Out-of-service criteria enforcement

To ensure a smooth transition, the CVSA also didn’t enforce the out-of-service criteria (OOS) after December 18, 2017.

However, after April 1, non-exempt commercial drivers without ELDs will be placed out-of-service. Moreover, they will remain out of service until they install a compliant ELD.

  • Hefty penalties and fines

Drivers without compliant ELDs are expected to face hefty fines and penalties. Moreover, as drivers are placed out-of-service, they won’t be able to work.

Each day is an estimated loss of $264 in revenue when drivers are out-of-service, which is on top of the amount you pay in penalties.

  • Unnecessary towing costs

When a driver gets an out-of-service order, the vehicle will likely have to be towed. A 40-mile tow, on average, could cost you up to $344.

In comparison, the KeepTruckin ELD costs just $240 per year.

How to choose the right ELD before April 1?

Non-exempt drivers will need a compliant ELD solution; there is no way around it. If you are currently required to prepare a paper record, you have to have an ELD. It’s as simple as that.

However, it comes down to choosing the right ELD solution — one that is compliant, reliable, affordable, and feature-rich.

It is important to remember that not every ELD listed in the FMCSA’s list of self-certified ELDs is 100% compliant.

Those ELDs are self-certified, which doesn’t mean compliant.

Annette Sandberg, Ex-FMCSA Head, says:

“As a former regulator, the biggest concern I have is the number of ELD vendors that are currently on the FMCSA list [of approved vendors] that probably should not be. Vendors on this list are supposed to have ELD systems that can be self-certified, which means it meets the criteria and can be added to the approved list.”

Many legacy, proprietary ELD solutions are facing technical problems, despite being in the FMCSA’s list of self-certified ELDs. It is one of the many reasons why so many carriers are leaving proprietary ELD solutions.

Recently, the FMCSA also had to issue a short-term waiver because a legacy ELD solution was facing severe data transferability issues, which made it impossible for its users to fulfill their obligations.

It is, therefore, extremely crucial to purchase a reliable and truly compliant ELD solution which doesn’t give you headaches down the road.

Here are a few steps to guide you through your research in finding the right, FMCSA-compliant electronic logging device:

  1. Start with the FMCSA’s self-certified list. Shortlist a few ELD solutions but don’t buy any of them before doing further research.
  2. Use the FMCSA’s checklist for choosing a compliant ELD and see if your shortlisted ELD fits the standards set by the FMCSA.
  3. Read independent third-party reviews from websites such as ELDratings.com.
  4. Check for app store reviews from other drivers and see what problems they are facing with an ELD provider. Read negative reviews and try to spot issues, such as an unstable Bluetooth connection, unreliability in duty status changes and notifying drivers for upcoming violations, an inability to send a compliant output file, poor app reviews, unresponsive technical support, etc.
  5. See if the vendor offers a free demo. If a company doesn’t offer a free demo and directly wants you to get into a years-long contract, that’s a huge red flag.
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The KeepTruckin App is also the highest-rated mobile elog app in Google Play Store and Apple App Store with over 15,000 5-star reviews.

Request a free ELD demo today.

You can also buy the KeepTruckin ELD online in less than 5 minutes.

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While the ELD mandate is a recent event, solutions to track driver locations and Hours of Service have been around since the 1990s.

A lot has changed in the world since then. Yet, many are still using platforms designed for the carrier of decades past, not the carrier of today, or tomorrow.

This is changing quickly. Carriers across the country are realizing that they finally have a choice. It’s no longer a “pick your poison” decision between a handful of viable options.

In fact, here’s a quote from Flying Star Transport Executive John Lutz, who first adopted a legacy, proprietary ELD solution over 15 years ago:

“The ELD industry has always been dominated by the usual suspects, legacy companies featuring proprietary, outdated technology. We’ve needed a new smart, energetic partner in this industry for awhile and I feel like we finally have that with KeepTruckin.”

This guide explains why carriers like Flying Star Transport are transitioning to the next generation of fleet management technology.

1. Platforms built for a different regulatory era

While the term “Electronic Logging Device” has been used for decades, the ELD mandate assigned very specific technical specifications to the term. What were formerly called ELDs are actually AOBRDs or EOBRs.

The AOBRD and EOBR compliance requirements were less advanced than the requirements of the ELD mandate. Adding the extra functionality is a significant engineering challenge — one that some have struggled with.

In fact, one large carrier was recently granted an ELD compliance extension due to their legacy provider needing more time to finish the process.

Tacking on the additional functionality is a bit like building a house of cards to a specific design where you don’t get to choose the base. You can design it masterfully, but if the base is not built for the purpose, the stability can be severely impacted.

This anecdote explains why many electronic logging products that worked well in the past are now having serious usability and performance issues.

2. Carriers are no longer restricted by integrations

In the past, integrations were a complex, time-consuming activity. This meant only a handful of the largest players in the industry agreed to build integrations together.  

But, this has changed. Modern, open APIs have greatly simplified the integration process. Not only are carriers no longer restricted by integration availability, some integrations with newer market entrants are actually more advanced and easier to work with.

For example, KeepTruckin has robust integrations with many of the leading TMS providers, including TMW, McLeod, and Prophesy. The modern nature of the integration gives carriers increased access to more accurate data, increasing the value of the TMS and driving greater operational efficiencies.

3. The app economy has replaced proprietary ecosystems

Another fundamental issue with legacy ELD providers is the ecosystem strategy. Buy their proprietary hardware, and suddenly, you lose freedom and choice.

They choose the integrations and add-on applications that will be available on the device. They can create product roadmaps based around upsell opportunities rather than core product improvement, as they know you’re locked into their ecosystem.

With modern, mobile-based ELDs, almost any combination of applications can be used side-by-side in a smooth workflow for the driver.

This empowers you to solve every problem with the best available solution, from navigation to scanning to truck parking.

4. High hardware costs

Over recent years, the cost of technology has dropped drastically. From smartphones to tablets to TVs, the modern market offers better products at a fraction of the cost.

Interestingly, this trend hasn’t occurred with proprietary ELDs. Android tablets can now be purchased for under $100, yet, proprietary ELDs still cost $799 to $1300 each.

Add a driver? Touchscreen goes out after the warranty period? $799 to $1300.

To make matters worse, vendors are occasionally forced to create new versions of their proprietary devices to modernize the technology. This can require you to upgrade all of your devices, even if they’re functional.  

And that is expensive.

High hardware costs are a significant and unnecessary headwind to growth. Modern, mobile-based ELDs like KeepTruckin lease the ELD at no cost and start at just $20/month. Use our free ELD price comparison chart to see what other ELD vendors are charging.

Savvy carriers are switching and investing the savings into growth.

5. Complex driver training processes

Training drivers is a constant activity for many carriers. With proprietary ELDs, this process tends to take much longer than with smartphone or tablet-based ELDs.


In addition to learning company processes and new compliance software, drivers must also learn how to use a new proprietary device.

With a smartphone or tablet, you’ve already won half the battle.

And the other half? Selecting a driver-friendly solution.

Here’s what Kip Green of Flying Star Transport has to say about KeepTruckin:

“The ease-of-use is incredible. The targets that appear when the driver downloads and uses the app are like a built-in trainer. The combination of familiar technology and an intuitive app experience makes training drivers a really simple process.”

How much simpler? According to William Brown of Pronto Delivery:

“Driver training processes that once took hours take about 15 minutes max with KeepTruckin.”

The future of fleet management is KeepTruckin

KeepTruckin is trusted by over 600,000 drivers and 45,000 carriers, with more joining every day. Carriers switch to KeepTruckin because we make the latest technology easy to use and have a relentless focus on the success of our customers.

Our modern API and integrations allow carriers to innovate, get more from their data, and create new operational efficiencies.

Our industry-leading app store rating is the proof that we deliver on our promises:

Here’s what your peers who have already switched to KeepTruckin have to say:

“KeepTruckin is easy to implement, easy to use, and has made something that we thought would be difficult simple and pleasant.”

Rick Roache, Safety and Compliance Manager at DDI Transportation.

“Our drivers like the KeepTruckin system a lot better. Our old ELD kept kicking the drivers out and causing frustration. KeepTruckin has been a lot simpler for them to use.”

Matt Myers, Fleet Supervisor at CSX Intermodal.

“Hands down the best and easiest ELD system that I’ve ever used.”

William Brown, HSE Manager at Pronto Delivery.

Considering William has used Omnitracs, PeopleNet, Fleetmatics, and J.J. Keller in his career, that statement carries a lot of weight.

Ready for a change?

Transitioning is easy with KeepTruckin. We’re ready to help you through every step and have competitive buyout offers available for those restricted by contracts. Click below to get a demo of the future of fleet management technology.

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The national average van rate fell in February, but the decline was “pretty typical” for that month, according to DAT Solutions.

What’s interesting though “is the fact that the national average is still higher than it was at any point in 2017,” said Matt Sullivan of DAT.

Sullivan also noted that spot prices fell “more slowly” last month while volumes were higher than they were in January, “so there are signs of momentum building.”

Dry van rates

With a few exceptions, prices were stable out of the major markets for van freight last week. Van load counts rose in both Houston and Chicago, which is another sign that we could be looking at an early spring for spot freight this year.”

Two routes out of the Gulf Coast paid better last month, DAT reported.

  • New Orleans to Dallas rose 19 cents to an average of $2.15 per mile
  • Van rates in Houston to Los Angeles were up 11 cents to $1.64 per mile. That lane competes heavily with rail.

In the Northwest, the intrastate lane from Seattle to Spokane rose 23 cents to $3.14 per mile.

DAT noted that since it was retail off-season, there were sharp rate declines on lanes going to Northeast markets in February.

  • Columbus, Ohio to Buffalo, New York — down 42 cents to $3.42 per mile
  • Chicago to Buffalo — down 25 cents to $3.11 per mile
  • Buffalo to Allentown, Pennsylvania — down 24 cents to $3.58 per mile
  • Columbus to Allentown — down 23 cents to $3.56
Reefer rates

About reefer rates, DAT pointed out that “February is usually the slowest month of the year for spot freight, and declines in reefer rates have been sharper than in the van segment.”

But then again, reefer rates also started from a much higher point, so they had further to fall.”

DAT also said there were “dramatic shifts” in load counts in the major markets for refrigerated freight, resulting in price swings.

DAT noted that “volumes were up big in four very scattered markets.”

Outbound volume rose in Nogales, Arizona, and Sacramento, California but there’s no shortage of trucks in those areas. Potatoes are on the move again, boosting load counts out of Twin Falls, Idaho, and Green Bay, Wisconsin, although prices haven’t responded yet.”

A lane out of Green Bay (Green Bay to Des Moines, Iowa) experienced a considerable hike as rates rose 42 cents to an average of $2.95 per mile, possibly because of snowstorms in the area last month.

DAT said while most produce areas “are either inactive or have falling prices,” shipments of avocado and citrus boosted rates in the Ontario, Canada to Chicago, Illinois lane as the reefer rates went up 37 cents to $2.24 per mile.

Reefer rates out of Florida had been “unusually high for a while, but volumes have started to back down,” DAT said.

Rates fell on two lanes out of Miami. They were:

  • Miami to Baltimore — down 39 cents at $2.05 per mile, which is still high for February
  • Miami to Boston — dropped 32 cents to $2.53 per mile

Apples and potatoes continued to roll out of storage places in Grand Rapids, Michigan, but the market slumped in recent weeks compared to past highs:

  • Grand Rapids to Madison — down 72 cents to $2.80 per mile
  • Grand Rapids to Philadelphia — down 49 cents to $3.98 per mile
  • Green Bay to Minneapolis — down 39 cents to $2.56 per mile
  • Twin Falls to Baltimore — down 34 cents on average at $2.48 per mile
Flatbed rates

Flatbed rates in the Sunbelt and Gulf Coast were strong as ever, with prices in Memphis, Tennessee up by six percent. Houston was the number one market for flatbed volumes, and their average rate also went up.

Flatbed rates out of Los Angeles, however, dropped seven percent while prices in Roanoke, Virginia slid.

Tampa, Florida was considered the lowest-paying among major flatbed markets, but Phoenix, Arizona had that distinction last month.

Flatbed volumes and prices were similar to where they were in January, but both were much higher than they were a year ago.

Last January, spot market rates even reached record highs.

Record levels in January

Truckstop.com reported that the spot market per-mile rates in all three major truckload segments — reefer, dry van, and flatbed — continued to go up in January after the enforcement of the ELD mandate last December 18.

The data also revealed that reefer and dry van rates reached seven-year highs.

The ELD mandate requires non-exempt truckers to install an electronic logging device.

The bottom line

The average van rate in the U.S. dropped in February, but DAT said it was typical for that month. The company also added there were signs of a buildup in momentum in the market.

The spot market has been active and even reached record levels since the ELD rule took effect. The positive impact of the ELD mandate on the trucking industry underlines the need for carriers to comply with the federal mandate.

Moreover, the April 1 ELD enforcement deadline is fast approaching. Non-exempt drivers without ELDs after that deadline will face severe penalties.

If you are looking for a reliable and FMCSA-compliant ELD, try KeepTruckin.

The KeepTruckin ELD is feature-rich and can be bought for only $20 per month. You can also purchase it online in less than 5 minutes.

For any questions about the KeepTruckin ELD, call us at 855-434-ELOG or email us at support@keeptruckin.com.

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According to the FMCSA regulations, if you are running short haul, you do not require electronic logging devices. However, it is not as simple as that.

Short-haul drivers know how tricky the exemption can be. They can’t be 100% sure whether or not they will require ELDs.

It is because if you exceed the short-haul requirements for more than 8 days in any 30-day period, you will require a compliant ELD to log hours-of-service.

Without an electronic logging device, short-haul drivers would have to remember the days they were logging their hours. There is a lot of paperwork. And, in some instances, DOT inspectors may ask the driver to refill the past 7 days.

These are unnecessary complications for short-haul drivers.

Automation, flexibility, and HOS violation alerts

At KeepTruckin, our goal has always been to make our product flexible and easy-to-use for fleets of all types — including short-haul fleets.

KeepTruckin supports local hours-of-service rules for drivers who fall under 100 and 150 air-mile exemptions.

One of our primary focuses is on automation so drivers can focus on driving without having to worry about their remaining hours.

If you are on a 100 air-mile exemption with a secondary cycle, KeepTruckin will automatically switch to the secondary cycle once you hit your daily limit. Drivers will be notified one minute before the switch.

On the other hand, drivers on the 150 air-mile exemption have the option to select the 16-hour short-haul exception to extend their hours.

Furthermore, the KeepTruckin App also automatically notifies drivers 30 minutes before the violation. Drivers will receive another notification 1 minute before the switch.

The driver workload report

To minimize paperwork and reliance on your driver’s memory, KeepTruckin also maintains proper records of the current day as well as the past 6 days worked. This driver workload report helps fleet managers simplify operations, improve productivity, and reduce administrative burden.

Since the driver workload report has complete records of the total hours that drivers worked in the last 7 days, fleet managers can use this information for audit as well as calculating driver pay.

Simplifying and automating driver pay calculation with ELDs is another benefit that just isn’t possible with paper. It is especially helpful for a short-haul fleet operating in states with complex labor laws, e.g., California.

KeepTruckin — Ensuring compliance

The KeepTruckin ELD is the easiest-to-use ELD in the market and has a two-minute plug-n-play installation. Moreover, our 24×7 customer support team is always there to help you.

Over 40,000 carriers and 500,000 drivers trust KeepTruckin for their compliance needs. Many of them are short-haul drivers.

Request a free ELD demo today and experience the #1-rated ELD solution.

You can also buy the KeepTruckin ELD online in less than 5 minutes.

If you have any questions, give us a call at 855-434-ELOG or send us an email at support@keeptruckin.com. We are available 24×7 to help our customers.

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