08 Jul 2019

Rolling Cycle

A rolling/floating means as you move to the next day without a 34/36 hour reset, every day you regain the hours from the beginning of the cycle. For the 60/7 cycle, this means that on the Day 8, the driver would regain on-duty hours that were spent 8 days back as newly available driving hours. In other words, the current day (Day 8) would be the newest day of your 7-day period and the hours that been used eight days ago would drop out of the calculation. Same framework applies to 70/8 cycle, on the Day 9 the driver will regain hours that were spent 9 days back.

Let’s illustrate with an example:

Rolling Cycle

On Tuesday Day 1, the driver began a new 70/8 cycle after having 34-hour reset. His on-duty hours, both driving and non-driving, are subtracted every day from the 70 hours allotted over the 8-day window. On Wednesday, Day 9, the driver regained 11 hours of on-duty hours. The 8 hours he regained from Day 1, plus the 3 hours he still had remaining in his 70-hour cycle, gave him a total of 11 hours available as an on-duty hours, during which he can drive.

Limitations:

  1. You cannot to drive a commercial motor vehicle after you’ve been on duty for 70 hours in any 8 consecutive days. You can only drive until the 70-hour limit is dropped. Take 34 hours reset to regain the hours. Same condition applies to 60/7 cycle and Canadian Cycles – Cycle 1 and 2.
  2. In Canada, a driver needs to take at least 24 consecutive hours of off-duty time in the preceding 14 days before continuing his driving.

 

Try our user friendly AOBRD or ELD, these will automatically calculate remaining hours of service and will warn the drivers about the potential violations.

 

 

 

 

 

Disclaimer- The rules and regulations are subject to change any time. Readers must verify with the authority, FMCSA / MTO and must not rely on the contents of this blog.

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27 Mar 2019

Impact of Telematics on Trucking Insurance Rates

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Getting trucking insurance is more complicated than getting home and auto insurance. A good insurance will protect you from loses arising from vehicles and cargo. It is important to be knowledgeable of transportation insurance coverage in respect to geographical area, type of cargo, insured amount, and what type of systems may help you in getting better rates.

How to find a right policy?

The key is to find a right insurance agent who can create the most appropriate policy for your organization that serves your requirements.

All insurances consist of three aspects – vehicle, general liability and cargo. Types of insurance/ policy depends on several factors, such as type of vehicles, cargo, size of the organization, and operating radius. Driver records, CVOR and company accident stats will affect the rates as well.  A clean driving record and better safety histories easily qualifies for lower rates.

 

 

Best practices for lowering the rates

Company’s performance and safety practices are in hand of the carriers which can be easily enhanced by implementing good systems. Having electronic device onboard (Telematics) vehicles is one of the best and most efficient ways to record and maintain vehicle maintenance and driver’s logs.  Telematics system can be used to implement driver behavior policies, control accidents, vehicle thefts, and have real-time location of your fleet.

We invite you to check out our user-friendly Telematics System to help you improve your safety and compliance.  Our ELD and Fleet Management System proactively warns drivers and dispatchers of the upcoming violation by giving pre-violation warning and alerts and maintain all records.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disclaimer- The rules and regulations are subject to change any time. Readers must verify with the authority, FMCSA / MTO and must not rely on the contents of this blog.

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13 Mar 2019

Difference Between Yard Move and Personal Use

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What is Yard Move?

A yard can be defined as operator’s own terminals or it could be a customer’s yard, a drop yard, a receiver’s facility, any other similar location or facility. FMCSA has categorized yard moves as a special driving condition.

When/How to use it?

Yard Move is used when you need to move your truck for few meters and do not want these little moves to cut down your available driving time. It is easy to use yard move feature with Aiksphere’s AOBRD/ELD by just one click.

How yard move is different from personal use?

Both yard move and personal use is special driving category that are not calculated as a part of drive time. The main difference between them is the way they are recorded. Yard move is recorded as on-duty, not driving time whereas personal use is recorded as off-duty time. Personal use is a driving done after releasing from all the work duties to travel to home or lodge. To understand the personal use in detail, please refer to our previous blog on Personal Use.

 

 

Disclaimer- The rules and regulations are subject to change any time. Readers must verify with the authority, FMCSA / MTO and must not rely on the contents of this blog.

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06 Mar 2019

Preparing for Audits

Audits

The facility audit is a “risk based” assessment of the elements known to cause or contribute to commercial motor vehicle collision, and to reduce their livelihood by Ministry of Transportation (MTO).

Purpose of Audit

The purpose of the Facility Audit is to examine the safety – management controls are properly implemented and maintained, and to ensure the drivers are:

  • Qualified to drive the operator’s equipment
  • Performing the proper inspections of operator’s equipment add reporting defects
  • Complaint with the Hours of Service regulation

The operators are assessed based on the following elements. Each element is rated on range from 0 to 100 points and reflects the operator’s safety performance both on-road and off-road.

3 primary elements

Hours of service

Six months period records are required of both the company drivers and owner operators.

Driver qualification

Two-year period records are required both the company drivers and owner operators or from the date the driver started with the operator (if less), or six months after the driver discontinues.

Vehicle Maintenance

24 months period records are required of all kinds of vehicles belonging to the operators or 6 months after the vehicle ceases to be operated.

 

These primary elements hold 100 points each and is divided into subcategory. Each subcategory has its own weightings.

 

Module 6 - http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/trucks/commercial-vehicle-operators-safety-manual/module-6.shtml

 

Whether you are undergoing audits voluntarily or on request by MTO, the operators need to prepare properly to score high on carrier safety ratings. All the information related to what documents are required and how scores are calculated can be find under  Module 6  of Commercial Vehicle Operators’ Safety Manual published by Ministry of Transportation of Ontario.

 

Disclaimer- The rules and regulations are subject to change any time. Readers must verify with the authority, FMCSA / MTO and must not rely on the contents of this blog.

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16 Jan 2019

Switching from AOBRD to ELD?

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Although the ELD mandate went into effective on December 18, 2017 but FMSCA’s regulation have pushed the deadline of implementing ELD for automatic on-board recording devices (AOBRD) users (fleets) until December 16, 2019.

When is the right time to switch?

The fleet owners should switch sooner than waiting until the last minute for a smoother transitioning process. Any new process will bring along some minor kicks and would require enough time to get thoroughly trained and address any issues. Switching before the deadline will also help fleet owners and drivers to understand the benefits of ELD (fewer accidents and violations) along with adjusting to the new system.

How to switch?

Switching is very easy process. Fleet owners just need to contact their AOBRD/ELD providers to request the change.

 

 

What changes will be reflected after switching?

The main difference between the AOBRD and ELD is the way driving event is recorded. An ELD automatically records all the time a vehicle was in motion as driving time that cannot be edited or changed to non-driving time. In addition, all the edits are recorded with annotations (reasons for editing the logs). To understand the difference more deeply, please refer to our previous blog on Difference between AOBRD and ELD.

 

 

Disclaimer- The rules and regulations are subject to change any time. Readers must verify with the authority, FMCSA / MTO and must not rely on the contents of this blog.

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09 Jan 2019

Fleet Tracking

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Whenever we come across term fleet tracking, we simply picture it as system providing the information about the location of the vehicle. Tracking technology is far more powerful than just tracking the vehicles. It can serve as an effective and affordable tool by fleet owners to excel in business and maximize profits.

Strong customer relationship– Provides real-time updates and ETA for deliveries to your customers.  It can greatly reduce the stress and concerns of the shippers, receivers, and customers. Thus, increasing customer satisfaction.

Reduce fuel and maintenance cost–Idling, speeding, fast starts and stops can cost companies to spend a lot of money on fuel and maintenance. Tracking technology can help in monitoring vehicle performance 24/7 leading to improve vehicle life expectancy.

Easy Dispatching – Have real time access to equipment location on the portal instead of calling, texting or emailing the drivers.  This increases operation efficiency, planning, and reduces cost.

Reduce Insurance Costs – Safe driving and safe vehicles are key to lower insurance costs. Implementing tracking system reduces the risk of freight theft and fast recoveries of the stolen cargo. In addition, monitoring driver behavior for hard brakes, speeding, sharp turns, etc. encourages driver to be more responsible behind the wheels.

IFTA – Tracking system calculates the fuel taxes in a fraction of the time. Saves you from all the time consuming and error-prone manual process.

 

Fleet tracking system is a great investment for all sizes of fleets.  It provides great ROI in addition to all the benefits listed above.  Follow the link: truck-tracking to learn more about our GPS tracking devices.

 

Disclaimer- The rules and regulations are subject to change any time. Readers must verify with the authority, FMCSA / MTO and must not rely on the contents of this blog.

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02 Jan 2019

Split Sleep

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10 consecutive off hours can be split into two rest periods of 8 and 2 hours.

Purpose

Provides flexibility to the drivers in regards to their shift hours.

Requirements

  • No more than 2 rest periods.
  • At least 8 consecutive hours in sleep.
  • 2 consecutive off hours
  • These two hours can be part of sleeper berth, off duty or both.

Note: The rest period can be taken in any order.

 

 

Example: Explaining the split sleep in US:

Split Sleep-US

 

Split Sleep-hours

 

After the first rest period, 2 consecutive hours off duty (6:00 AM to 8:00 AM), the driver will only get his rest of the unused hours back from his shift hours that started at 12:00 AM. So, in this scenario the driver will have 6 hours of drive time and 8 hours of on-duty.

After completing the second rest period, 8 consecutive hours of sleeper berth (4:00 PM to 12:00 PM), the drivers will not get their full 11/14 hours of drive/on-duty respectively but instead their shift will now start from the end of his first break (8:00 AM). New shift start time – 8:00 AM, 6 hours of driving (between two rest periods) have already used from 11 hours of driving. So, the available driving hours will be 5 hours.

 

Calculation of available hours after having both rest period:

Driving = (Total drive hours) – (driving hours from the start of new shift)
               (11 hours) – (6 hours)
               5 hours
On Duty = (Total on-duty hours) – (on-duty hours used from the start of the new shift)
                 (14 hours) – (6 hours)
                 8 hours

 

In Canada

Split sleep in Canada is same as in US. The only difference is that the total of the elapsed times before and after each sleeper berth period should not be more than16 hours.

Split Sleep-US

 

Disclaimer- The rules and regulations are subject to change any time. Readers must verify with the authority, FMCSA / MTO and must not rely on the contents of this blog.

 

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17 Dec 2018

30 Min Break Rule (Off Duty Break)

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What does rule state?

30 consecutive minutes of break is required:

  • To start before 8 hours are completed of on-duty from last off duty
  • To start before 8 hours are completed of on-duty from last 30 mins break

 

 

Example 1:

In this example, the driver was on-duty more than 8 hours by a minute. He is in violation for not taking consecutive 30 mins break. He needs to take break within/after 8 hours of on-duty.

 

 

 

 

Example 2: In this example, though the driver took the break within 8 hours of on-duty, but that break is of 29 mins not 30 mins. The driver is in violation now for missing the 30 mins break after 8 hours of on-duty.

 

 

 

 

Example 3: In this example, the driver did take 30 mins break but the 30 mins break rule starts again after the recent 30 mins break. The driver is in violation for being on-duty for more than 8 hours after his recent 30 mins break.

 

 

 

 

Our ELD, provides proper notification for next break which is every 8 hours of on-duty and gives warnings one hour before occurrence of any such violation.

 

 

Disclaimer- The rules and regulations are subject to change any time. Readers must verify with the authority, FMCSA / MTO and must not rely on the contents of this blog.

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11 Dec 2018

16 Hour Short Haul Exception

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Short haul drivers are given special exemption allowing them to remain on-duty for 16 hours instead of 14 hours by FMCSA. Though the allowed driving hours a day remain 11 hours. The exemption is granted to decrease HOS violation as these drivers might speed or drive recklessly in order to reach their homes. The rule ensures that the drivers gets a chance to reach their home safely instead of spending their day/night hours in sleeper berth or hotel.

Conditions:

  • Must return to work reporting location everyday
  • Must use 16-hour exemption once every 7 consecutive days
  • Must take 34 consecutive hours off to restart a 7/8 days cycle
  • Must be released from duty within 16 hours of on –duty
  • At least 10 consecutive off hours

 

Note: This exemption does not apply to drivers who qualifies for non – CDL short haul exemption.
For more details on non – CDL short haul exemption please refer to our previous blog on short haul.

 

 

Disclaimer- The rules and regulations are subject to change any time. Readers must verify with the authority, FMCSA / MTO and must not rely on the contents of this blog.

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05 Dec 2018

SHORT HAUL

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100 mile exception

A CDL driver who operates within 100 miles radius of reporting work location are exempted from paper log book and e-log

Conditions

  • 11 hours of driving
  • 12 hours of on-duty
  • Must return to work location everyday
  • At least 10 consecutive hours off-duty
  • No record of duty status

 

150-mile exception (Non – CDL short haul exception)

A Non-CDL driver who operates within 150 miles radius of reporting work location. Under this exception 14 hour driving window is extended to 16 hours for 2 days in 7 consecutive days. Also, the drivers who qualifies for non-CDL short haul exemption are exempt from the 30 min break rule.

Conditions

  • Must return to work location everyday
  • 11 hours of driving
  • At least 10 consecutive hours off-duty
  • No drive after 14thhour of on duty on five days of any period of seven consecutive days
  • No drive after the 16thhour of coming on duty on two days of any period of seven consecutive days

 

Documentation to be maintained by motor carriers for 6 months

  • The time the driver reports for duty each day
  • The total number of hours the driver is on duty each day
  • The time the driver is released from duty each day
  • The total time for the preceding 7 day for drivers used for the first time or intermittently.

 

 

Disclaimer- The rules and regulations are subject to change any time. Readers must verify with the authority, FMCSA / MTO and must not rely on the contents of this blog.

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