Ezlogz Trip Planner and Points of Interest
One of the many great features that Ezlogz offers, is our easy to use Trip Planner with industry specific points of interest. The Ezlogz Trip Planner allows you to pre-plan your trip ahead of time, saving you time and money. The Trip Planner will calculate your arrival time while taking HOS regulations into account, including all breaks. Map out all fuel and reststops along your route, picking out your choice of points of interest or choose from a variety of suggestions when your break is approaching. GPS tracking, geofencing and live location tracking for trucks is also available.
Points of interest include:
- Weigh stations, auto-calculated to open or closed
- Available parking
- Cross docks/warehouses
- Truck and fuel stops-including diesel prices
- Real-time traffic, maps, and weather
- Mechanic shops, truck washes and truck dealers
With Ezlogz Trip Planner and Points of Interest you can always be aware of your surrounds. Arrive on time while staying safe and compliant!
Using ELD Data to Fill Empty Miles
ELD’s contain a lot of useful information about drivers and loads, which can be used to increase utilization and efficiency. Third-party logistics companies (3PL) are looking to do just that! The information created from the use ELD’s can help identify empty trucks that are ready to drive a load and alert brokers and carriers of nearby trucks availability.
There are several opt in services that would allow carriers to receive load offers based on their proximity, size and space to enhance potential business. These types of services would eliminate trucks traveling for less than market rate or traveling with empty trailers for long distances to pick up loads.
FMCSA Report Outlines Plan to Overhaul CSA, with Tests of New System Slated to Begin in September
The FMCSA has released a report on how it plans to proceed in reforming its Compliance, Safety and Accountability to better achieve CSA’s goals of identifying unsafe trucking companies.
The chief reform would include replacing the existing Safety Measurement System, which uses relative scoring, with a new absolute scoring system, Item Response Theory. The new scoring system would make it easier for carriers to calculate their safety scores and improve data.
The CSA hopes to start a small-scale trail period starting in September, with hopes to have the new scoring system in place by Spring 2019. The goal for the CSA is to create a more fair and accurate system that is easier to understand and calculate.
The full 10-page report, outlining the chief reforms, can be found here:
Notes on Proper and Improper Use of Personal Conveyance under ELDs
In May, the FMCSA came to the decision to allow personal conveyance use from a shipper or a receiver to find a safe parking or rest area. If the driver has exhausted their hours-of-service they would be allowed to move their vehicle to a safe place to rest, which would be considered “off-duty”.
According to the head of enforcement of the FMCSA, Joe DeLorenzo, there must be two key elements in order to use personal conveyance.
One, the driver must be off duty and two, movement must be for personal reasons only.
A proper example of use would be, drivers commuting to and from work, unless a driver is under dispatch upon leaving they must be considered on duty. If a driver is forced away from a shipper but it over hours would be allowed to proceed to the nearest safe location, regardless of what direction it is in. When personal conveyance is used in such instances it must be noted in the driver log and the reason for the move.
An example of improper use would include any movement with the purpose of enhancing operational readiness. Any time spent receiving and dropping off loads should be recorded as on-duty time. If a driver is over hours, they cannot pick up a new load to get ahead of the next day. If a driver is over hours they also are not permitted to pass rest areas to get the load closer to its final destination.
Driving with an empty trailer to retrieve a load or head back to the terminal and trips for fuel and maintenance are still considered on-duty time.
It is also important to note that personal conveyance does not exempt drivers from other regulations.
Blockchain: Are There Benefits to Early Adoption?
For the trucking industry, there could be some completive advantages to early adoption of blockchain technology. Blockchain is distributed, decentralized ledger database used to record digital transactions that are shared in a secure way. Blockchain stores block of information, much like the internet does. It allows digital information to be securely stored but not copied. This would help expedite and better secure freight transactions for shippers and carriers.
In trucking, blockchain technology could ensure better asset utilizations and help the industry more accurately forecast and predict volumes, several of the intermediaries between the shipper and the carrier could be eliminated, strengthening the communication between shipper and carrier. The driver would be able to better monitor and know the vehicle was operating under the right framework. After the freight was completed blockchain would then provide an audit of the process for fleets to see what they can improve on.
Drivers and fleet owner/operators would also be able to better detect maintenance and quality assurance elements of all their trucks and equipment. Blockchain would be able to provide a trustless record, with the ability to see everything that has happened to each vehicle in its entire lifetime.
Some other benefits of blockchain include:
- Transparency of price, ownership, and entire freight movement to directly resolve informational disputes
- Reduction of costs of regulation compliance
- Improved traceability and trackability
- Expedited claims settlements
- Better ability to make smarter decisions to optimize business and ensure smoother planning
- Eliminating fraud
The Blockchain in Transport Alliance is a global initiative to bring blockchain into trucking to enhance the efficient of freight movement. The alliance was formed by experienced tech and transportation executives to create a forum for the development of blockchain standards in education for the freight industry. Their goal is to bring together leading companies in freight technology industries that have a vested interest in the development of blockchain technology.