Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Zonar ELDs get green light from former FMCSA head Annette Sandberg


Thursday, November 16, 2017
by THE TRUCKER NEWS SERVICES

Former Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration chief Annette Sandberg says she is confident Zonar Logs meet all the technical standards of the electronic logging mandate. (Courtesy: ZONAR)
Former Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration chief Annette Sandberg says she is confident Zonar Logs meet all the technical standards of the electronic logging mandate. (Courtesy: ZONAR)

SEATTLE — Zonar, a provider of smart fleet management technology, has received third-party validation for its Zonar Logs available on Zonar Connect and 2020 tablets from former Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration chief Annette Sandberg, a nationally recognized expert in public safety.

Sandberg conducted independent testing of Zonar Logs and has verified that it meets the complex FMCSA electronic logging device standards found on the FMCSA list of registered ELDs.

Fred Fakkema, vice president of compliance at Zonar, said that as a former FMCSA administrator, Sandberg is very familiar with commercial motor vehicle safety and security on the nation’s highways at federal and state levels of government and that she has a vast background in the trucking industry and was the guiding force of the Hours of Service reform for truck drivers.

She has also served the role of deputy administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and was the first female to lead the Washington State Patrol as chief.

Currently, Sandberg is CEO of TransSafe Consulting.

“The ELD mandate is a complex regulation with serious compliance implications that carriers should take seriously when selecting an ELD provider,” said Sandberg. “After thorough testing of Zonar Logs, I am confident that it meets every technical requirement of the ELD mandate.”

“The self-certification process is a requirement that has allowed non-compliant devices into the marketplace — and fleets might not be aware of the problems, making third-party validation paramount,” Fakkema said. “With validation from Annette Sandberg and TransSafe Consulting, our customers can with the utmost confidence implement Zonar Logs to comply with the ELD mandate and fully integrate with their Zonar fleet management solution.”

Having an ELD device fail on the road, or one that is found to not meet FMCSA standards during an inspection can cause issues for both the driver and the fleet manager, Fakkema said.

“A driver needs to be able to share the current day and previous seven days’ worth of logs if requested by an inspector during a roadside check,” he said. “Failure to provide logs when asked will result in a violation for the driver and penalties for employers. With third-party testing, 24/7 customer support and ELD compliance Zonar Logs customers can be confident their vehicles and drivers are in compliance with the mandate.”

Drivers and carriers can cross reference Zonar Logs against the FMCSA’s ELD checklists if they have any questions regarding compliance specifications.

Zonar will also continue to support fleets that opt to go with the FMCSA’s two-year compliance exception of AOBRDs, and support transitions during that time with a full suite of smart fleet management technologies and an ELD mandate transition package. The package includes compliance counseling, implementation planning, training, change management counseling and ongoing support.

For more information on Zonar ELD offerings and the ELD mandate, visit www.zonarsystems.com/ELD

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