Ezlogz Newsletter July 16-20, 2018
Introducing Ezlogz, an ELD service written for truckers by truckers. The development of this ELD service was created by people who were out in the field and know exactly what truckers would be looking for. It was not written by a techie with no trucking experience.
Ezlogz has language support including, English, Spanish, French, Ukrainian and Russian, with the potential for other languages!
There is also a vast array of other features that no other ELD app offers that will make the truckers life much easier! Our trip planner and POI (Points of Interest) customized to show you your favorite spots to stop at as well as weigh stations. You can receive notifications to alert you when it is almost time for a break and will give you the best place to stop to make sure you don’t have any HOS violations. Get weather alerts that signal trouble ahead.
Ezlogzs includes a social network with in-fleet messaging. This works like other popular social networks but without the added distractions. It is a great way to keep in contact with your fleet and other drivers – and family! The Instant Messaging feature allows direct communications between the back office and drivers which often can be better than a phone because drivers can view the communications record on their tablet or phone long after the messaging is completed. Phone calls aren’t written down and details can be forgotten, especially for detailed work orders.
Vehicle Diagnostics also included. This feature remains to be extremely important to make sure that your vehicle is always compliant and using fuel efficiently. Knowing ahead of time that there is an issue that needs to be fixed will save violations, Out of Service times and hefty fines.
CVSA Safe Driver Week
In 2015, 3,852 people were killed in crashes involving large trucks. Of the fatalities, a majority were the occupants of cars and other passenger vehicles while 16% were truck occupants. Nearly all these fatal crashes were caused by the drivers of both commercial vehicles and passenger vehicles practicing unsafe driving habits.
During the CVSA’s Safe Driver Week, happening July 15-21, 2018, the CVSA will be working with the FMCSA and other local law enforcement agencies across North America looking out for unsafe driving habits. In addition to heightened enforcement, there will also be educational and awareness programs being offered in several areas.
It is the goal of the CVSA and FMCSA to greatly reduce the number of crashes caused by unsafe driving habits. The emphasis will be on
- Distracted driving, including texting while driving and other activities that take your eye off the road.
- Failure to obey traffic laws, such as following too closely, unsafe lane changes, speeding and not following traffic lights and signals.
- Failure to wear a seatbelt.
Safe driving habits should always be followed to make sure that fatal accidents do not happen under your watch. The life you save may be your own.
The FMCSA served a New Mexico driver, Ernisto S. Mora, with an effective shutdown order as an “imminent hazard to the public safety” and ordered him not to operate any commercial vehicle in interstate commerce on July 3rd. The incident leading to the federal order occurred on June 13th at 3:55 PM CDT when Mora veered into oncoming traffic in a construction zone in Pratt County, Kansas. Mora’s passenger, as well as the driver of the other truck, were both killed in the accident.
During a roadside inspection at 10 AM that same day, Mora had been placed out-of-service for 10 hours for failure to provide any record-of-duty-status. The driver’s truck had also been placed out-of-service with “numerous safety deficiencies,” according to the FMCSA. The violations included severely worn tires and defective breaks. FMCSA regulations require that vehicles with violations should not be driven until all repairs are made. In this instance, the tractor had been repaired but not the trailer.
During the investigation of the fatal crash, the FMCSA estimated that the driver had been driving continuously for at least 38 of the 45 hours prior to the crash. It was also discovered that the electronic logging device (ELD) may have been disabled or disconnected in prior trips.
Mora has been charged by the State of Kansas for two counts of involuntary manslaughter. Other charges include following too closely, operating a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) after being declared out-of-service, and for violating hours-of-service (HOS) safety regulations that are designed to prevent fatigued driving.
Ezlogz strongly supports the use of ELDs to save lives. Your drivers risk their lives every day that rogue operators like this are let loose on US roadways. Fleet managers also have an obligation to monitor their driver’s behavior to prevent abuse. Rogue operators attempt to drive down freight rates. Make sure we all have a level playing field.
2,000 Trucks Placed Out-of-Service
During the CVSA’s International Road Check that took place this past June, The Texas Department of Public Safety inspected a total of 7,980 commercial motor vehicles (CMV). Of all the vehicles inspected, nearly 25% of them were placed out-of-service for a total of 1,975 CMVs.
The majority of violations were due to faulty brakes and defective tires. When a vehicle is placed out-of-service if cannot be driven again until all repairs are properly made. Other violations included failure to have the proper license for the type of vehicle as well as other HOS violations.