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EROAD provides FMCSA with ELD data for HOS revision study



PORTLAND, Ore. — EROAD, a global technology provider of fleet management, electronic tax reporting and ELD compliance products for the transportation industry, said in a press release Monday that it had provided what it called “valuable and relevant” data to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration as the agency collects public comment regarding proposed changes to the Hours of Service regulations.

“We receive ongoing feedback about HOS rules and their impacts on the road and on the bottom line from our customers,” said Norm Ellis, president of EROAD North America. “HOS flexibility is important, and EROAD is in an excellent position to combine what we see in our data along with fleet operators’ experiences to help FMCSA make the best decisions on improving HOS.”

In August, the FMCSA announced it was seeking public input regarding four provisions of the industry’s Hours of Service regulations that are currently under review by the agency.

Those include:

  • Expanding the current 100 air-mile “short-haul” exemption from 12 hours on-duty to 14 hours on-duty, to be consistent with the rules for long-haul truck drivers.
  • Extending the current 14-hour on-duty limitation by up to two hours when a truck driver encounters adverse driving conditions
  • Revising the current mandatory 30-minute break for truck drivers after eight hours of continuous driving
  • Reinstating the option for splitting up the required 10-hour off-duty rest break for drivers operating trucks that are equipped with a sleeper-berth compartment.

To provide relevant input to the FMCSA and represent the viewpoints of its customer base, EROAD took the following steps:

  • Performed analyses on millions of anonymized, aggregated data points from trips taken by US-based vehicles and drivers from January 1, 2018, through July 31, 2018, examining ELD data for patterns of FMCSA violations in relation to type, frequency per driver, and time in violation.
  • Based on questions provided by the FMCSA for public comment on HOS flexibility, surveyed EROAD customers and other fleet operators to seek context regarding the HOS provisions under review.
  • Hosted an open roundtable webinar during which the data from the statistical analysis and the survey were discussed and additional commentary was captured.
  • Encouraged carriers to submit comments directly to FMCSA through the webpage provided.

As for how ELD data can be used to support a more flexible split sleeper berth rule, most respondents pointed out that ELDs can support additional flexibility by capturing the events in the driver’s day more accurately and helping carriers to better manage schedules and fatigue. Some pointed out that while ELDs can capture time, they do not capture fatigue.

“If the idea is ‘rested and alert’ drivers behind the wheel, the 14-hour clock needs to allow drivers to stop to let the driver determine his rest periods and when they are needed, not based on the pressure of the current rule,” one respondent wrote.

EROAD ELD data analytics found:

  • 30-minute rest break is the most common violation, followed by 14-hour duty limit, 11-hour driving limit, and on-duty limit. One respondent said this rule had created a “nightmare” in fuel lanes at truck stops as compliance had replaced common courtesy. Another respondent said drivers at his company should be able to use more frequent, shorter breaks that they currently encounter. Another said everyone wants a break, but how many trucks “do you see on the side of the road taking all 30 minutes? Many drivers want to stop when they want to.”
  • The proportion of violations by type has remained fairly consistent since the mandate was introduced
  • Average time spent in violation is reducing over time
  • The number of violations per driver is increasing for 11-hour driving limit and 14-hour duty limit violations

“We appreciate suppliers like EROAD that get involved with our industry by providing actionable information for the FMCSA,” said Dave Heller, vice president of government affairs for the Truckload Carriers Association. “Going beyond offering a solution to provide data and expertise is what makes having highly engaged industry suppliers so valuable.”

The full report submitted to the FMCSA can be found at:

EROAD was founded in 2000 and headquartered in in New Zealand with North American offices in Portland, Oregon.

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  1. Samuel Duval

    October 3, 2018 at 12:41 pm

    Should note that their ‘violation data’ has nothing to do with actual violations. It refers to violations flagged by their system.

    The sharp curves seen in their actual report is really only saying that: ‘people did not know how to use our system so their got a lot of false positive violations – now they are better’.

    Their analysis & suggestions for the 14h rule are good. However these are not based in quantified-data.

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Big rig causes 100-year-old bridge to collapse in North Dakota



This undated photo provided by Grand Forks County Sheriff's Department shows the overweight semi that caused the collapse of a small, historic bridge near Northwood, N.D. Authorities say the semi, with a trailer load of dry beans, was traveling on the 56-foot-long, restricted-weight bridge over the Goose River Monday. (Grand Forks County Sheriff's Department via AP)

NORTHWOOD, N.D. — Sheriff’s officials say an overweight semitrailer loaded with dried beans caused a more-than-century-old bridge to collapse in North Dakota.

Grand Forks County sheriff’s officials say the bridge over the Goose River near Northwood collapsed Monday afternoon. Photos show the wooden and iron span buckling under the weight of the vehicle. The bridge is partly submerged in the water.

Police said a 2005 Peterbilt semi-truck was driving on the bridge when the structure reportedly crumpled beneath it, causing the trailer to hangover the west abutment.

The 56-foot-long bridge was built in 1906 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

It has a 14 ton weight restriction. Sheriff’s officials say the semitrailer was 29 tons over that limit.

The driver, who was not injured, faces an $11,400 overload fine.

Officials say it will cost up to $1 million to replace the bridge.

It was not immediately clear if weight-limit signs were posted, and police said the incident was still under investigation

Northwood is about 200 miles northeast of Bismarck.



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Women In Trucking names its 2019 top woman-owned businesses



Angela Eliacostas is the founder and owner of AGT Global Logistics, one of the companies the Women In Trucking Association has named its 2019 Top Women-Owned Businesses in Transportation. (Courtesy: Women in Trucking)

PLOVER, Wisc. —  The Women In Trucking Association (WIT) has announced its annual list of the “Top Woman-Owned Businesses in Transportation.”

The names of the companies being recognized in 2019 were released in the latest edition of Redefining the Road, the official magazine of WIT.

WIT created the list was created to recognize women in leadership and encourage more women to become proactive leaders in their organizations and even start their own businesses, WIT president and CEO Ellen Voie said. The program supports WIT’s overall mission “To encourage the employment of women in the trucking industry, promote their accomplishments, and minimize the obstacles they face.”

Entrepreneurship is a viable means of economic self-sufficiency, and many women are choosing an enterprise connected to transportation to be part of their career aspirations, according to Brian Everett, publisher of Redefining the Road.

Companies considered for the recognition must meet criteria that includes majority ownership by a woman, financial stability and growth, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit. Each company was nominated and chosen based upon business success and accomplishments, including those related to gender diversity.

This year’s list includes companies from a diverse range of business sectors in the commercial freight transportation marketplace, including motor carriers, third-party logistics companies and original equipment manufacturers.

Companies named to the 2019 “Top Woman-Owned Businesses” list and their primary female business owners are:

  • Bennett International Group; Marcia G. Taylor, CEO
  • Kenco Logistics; Jane Kennedy Greene, chairwoman
  • London Auto Truck Center; Donna Childers, vice president
  • Rihm Family Companies; Kari Rihm, president and CEO
  • Veriha Trucking, Inc.; Karen Smerchek, president
  • Rush Trucking Corp.; Andra Rush, CEO
  • Aria Logistics; Arelis Gutierrez, CEO
  • Lodgewood Enterprises; Arlene Gagne, president
  • S-2international, LLC; Jennifer Mead, CEO
  • International Express Trucking; Karen Duff, president and CEO
  • Brenny Transportation, Inc.; Joyce Brenny, CEO and founder
  • Knichel Logistics; Kristy Knichel, CEO
  • Garner Trucking; Sherri Garner Brumbaugh, CEO
  • LYNC Logistics; Cindy Lee, president
  • Ontario Truck Training Academy; Yvette Lagrois, president
  • AGT Global Logistics; Angela Eliacostas, owner and founder
  • Powersource Transportation; (Barb Bakos, president
  • LaunchIt Public Relations; Susan Fall, president
  • United Federal Logistics, Inc.; Jennifer Behnke, president
  • BCP Transportation; Nancy Spelsberg, Ardis Jourdan, Kristie Rozinski
  • Ladybird Logistics Ltd.; Felicia Payin Marfo, managing director
  • DGT Trucking; Donna G. Sleasman, owner
  • RFX Inc.; Kimberly Welby, president and CEO)

These companies will be recognized during a special program at the Women In Trucking Accelerate! Conference & Expo, Sept. 30 – Oct. 2 in Dallas. For more information, visit

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