New 7 Mile Truck Route Opening Next Month

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) announced the Starke Truck Route, a four lane truck route implemented to reduce traffic congestion on U.S. 301, will open sometime in September this year.

The Starke Truck Route started construction in August 2016, located on the west side of Starke, Florida. The $90 million, 7.3 mile long, route is constructed between County Road 227 and County Road 23. Which is expected to provide additional capacity for future growth in the area and improve safety. 

The route is estimated to carry over 25,000 vehicles per day in 2020, and increase to over 31,000 per day by the year 2040. Despite mixed feelings about the project from the locals, after hearing concerns that the route will negatively impact local business the Florida Department of Transportation assured “the new road was constructed with the safety and needs of residents and businesses alike in mind”. 

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Surprise Inspection Blitz Placed 1,600 Trucks Out of Service

On May 15, an unannounced break-focused inspection blitz placed over 1,600 trucks out of service in the U.S and Canada, in a single day. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) announced that the commercial vehicle inspectors conducted more than 10,358 inspections which placed 1,667 (16.1%) of those vehicles out of service. 

Inspectors paid close attention to break hoses/tubing. According to the CVSA, 996 trucks were issued violations for chafed rubber hoses, 185 trucks were issued violations for chafed thermoplastic hoses. Totalling, 1,125 violations for chafed rubber hoses and 124 violations for damaged thermoplastic hoses. 

CVSA President Chief Jay Thompson stated to the Arkansas Highway Police, “Brake hoses and tubing must be properly attached, undamaged, without leaks and appropriately flexible,” Thompson concluded, “because they are such an important part of the braking system, the failure of hoses or tubing can cause problems for the entire braking system.” 

Top five brake-related violations are:

  • Clamp or roto type brake out of adjustment
  • CMV manufactured after Oct. 19, 1994, has an automatic brake adjustment system that fails to compensate for wear 
  • Brake hose or tubing chafing and/or kinking 
  • No or defective ABS malfunction indicator lamp for trailer manufactured after March 1, 1998 
  • Inoperative/defective brakes

The CVSA will have another brake-focused inspection blitz next month, scheduled for September 15-21.

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Tips to Keep Truck Drivers Safe On The Road

The life of a truck driver isn’t easy and while there’s many ways to stay safe such as seatbelts, speed limits, and planning your trip ahead of time, at Ezlogz we’re focused on your safety. We understand what it’s like to be on the road, after all Ezlogz is made by truckers for truckers. Here are our tips to stay safe:

Ezlogz Dash Cams

One way to stay safe on the road is with dash cams. Dash cams are useful because they provide proof during accidents. They’re also are a great way to prevent fraud and theft. Coming soon, Ezlogz will be offering Dash Cams. It’s an extra layer of protection we believe every driver should have, because our cameras offer live data you’ll never have to worry about what’s going on.

Ezlogz SOS

Within the next month Ezlogz will be releasing a new feature, our SOS button. This will allow any driver who enables SOS to send a driver in distress message to nearby drivers. Ezlogz takes pride in building a platform where drivers can communicate with one another, once the driver enables SOS, dispatch will automatically get notified, the driver in distress also has the option to call 911. It’s another feature Ezlogz provides to keep your drivers safer on the road!

Communication

Communication is key. It’s important to communicate if there’s issues with the load, truck, or shipping docs because it’s better to be safe than end up with a violation or out of service order. If you feel like something’s not right tell your boss or supervisor about it.

As always Ezlogz has 24/7 customer support in more than six languages. Feel free to give us a call anytime at 1(800)670-7807 or email support@ezlogz.com

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Ezlogz New Product: Dash Cams

Ezlogz is excited to announce that we have partnered up with SmartWitness, and on June 25, 2019 we’re releasing dash cams. What makes our dash cameras unique is that they go beyond just recording driving. These one of a kind cameras not only record the road but also record the driver. With facial expression recognition, cameras can identify when a driver is distracted or sleepy, and will alert them. For safety there is also a driver-initiated panic button. Every truck driver should have a dash cam, especially since CMV’s are highly targeted for insurance payouts. Insurance fraud is estimated to cost $80 billion annually.

One testimonial from Chris Novy, said, “In May of 2012 my vehicle was struck by the outer edge of a rain-wrapped EF-5 tornado. The windows were blown out and the vehicle filled with mud and water. The entire event was recorded on my SmartWitness SVC400. Although the tornado took one of the cameras the footage survived and remarkably the SVC400 lived to see another day.” None of us are expecting a tornado to destroy our vehicles, but Ezlogz believes that by offering dash cams to our clients we can help you keep your fleet and drivers safe.

Video evidence provided from dash cams are beneficial because they prevent insurance fraud, staged accidents, conflicting reports of actual events, driving offense allegations and so much more! Ezlogz smart digital cam with live stream data has intelligent driving, high definition video with audio recording, LTE/ WIFI connectivity, dash cam alert and unsafe driver behavior identification.

The new camera releasing July 1st features 1080p HD wide angle 150° lens, records drivers view and optional driver facing camera with the plug n’ play 2nd camera option. Ezlogz offers vehicle tracking, driving behavior that monitors speeding, acceleration and braking. Ezlogz is dedicated to provide the best all in one fleet management solution for ELD services and keeping our customers safe on the road. The extra protection from Ezlogz combined with these dash cameras not only will give you peace of mind knowing your drivers are taken care of but will also assure your drivers that we have their back.

On June 25, 2019 Ezlogz will also release a new SOS feature. When a driver is in an incident or stranded on the road hurt, our SOS signal will alert other Ezlogz users nearby, within a 10 mile radius, which will allow pinpoint location on our POI map. The safety administrator of the account will also get notified, they then have the option to contact the driver and/or local emergency services. We believe that the truck driving community works best when we look out for one another. Because Ezlogz is made by a trucker we understand what it’s like to be on the road, and that’s why we take your safety seriously.

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Anheuser-Busch Teaming Up With Nikola

Anheuser-Busch are reportedly teaming up with Nikola in buying up to 800 hydrogen-electric trucks to replace more than half of their fleet.

The trucks being delivered will be the Nikola Two – also known as the Day Cab version – and have a capability of producing zero emissions, ability to be refueled in 20 minutes and have a range between 500 and 1,200 miles.

Manager Editor, Brian Straight reported:

” The cab is designed with “surround vision” and features a 15 in. touchscreen that gives the driver a virtual aerial view of the area around the truck and trailer in real time, eliminating blind spots. A panoramic windshield and a forward position for the driver provides improved visibility. That view is complemented by high-definition cameras combined with radar, sonar and computer software. The result is a complete 360 deg. view of the vehicle.

The mid-cab design features a sliding entry door to reduce the dangers of climbing into and out of the cab.

Inside the cab, there is a touchscreen where some of the most advanced productivity tools are located. Nikola aims to make the vehicle an “all-inclusive” model, giving drivers all the tools they need to do their jobs. This includes standard readouts such as battery levels, ranges, wheel torque and cabin controls, Bluetooth-enabled phone, calendar, integrated logging and driver/vehicle performance data and more. It also includes navigation and vehicle data as well as “Nikola Shipments.”

Nikola has plans for converting 100% of their fleets in the future.

 

Sources: Straight, Brian. “Anheuser-Busch to Buy up to 800 Nikola Hydrogen-Electric Trucks.” FreightWaves, www.freightwaves.com/news/green-trucking/anheuser-busch-to-buy-nikola-hydrogen-electric-trucks.

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HOS: Who Has to Comply?

As previously stated in a recent post, HOS – Hours of Service – is a federal regulation of limitations most truckers have for the length of time they can be driving or be required to take rest breaks.

Who is required to comply with these regulations? Here is a simple breakdown stated directly from the FMCSA:

“In general, a CMV is a vehicle that is used as part of a business and is involved in interstate commerce and fits any of these descriptions:

  • Weighs 10,001 pounds or more
  • Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more
  • Is designed or used to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver) not for compensation
  • Is designed or used to transport 9 or more passengers (including the driver) for compensation
  • Is transporting hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placards”

 

Sources: “Hours of Service.” Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, United States Department of Transportation, 30 Dec. 2013, www.fmcsa.dot.gov/regulations/hours-of-service.

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Bespoke Aerodynamic Truck Design

As discussed in previous posts, the future of the trucking industry was brought with bespoke aerodynamic designs created by Shell and AirFlow Truck Co.

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It is designed and built as a hyper-fuel-efficient Class 8 truck with the capability for reducing the energy usage associated with the transportation of goods. The body of the proposed tractor is made of carbon fiber from the side skirts, to the hood, and front end.

The Trucker News Publisher states:

” The truck will use a number of full synthetic Shell Lubricants products including Spirax S6 GXME 75W-80 transmission oil, Spirax S5 ADE 75W-80 differential oil and Spirax S6 GME 40 wheel hub oil. In addition, Shell Rotella Extended Life Coolant will provide excellent high-temperature protection and heat transfer. Shell Rotella Diesel Exhaust Fluid, a high purity diesel exhaust fluid, will also be in the truck. ”

The efficiency and lesser fuel costs could really make positive and growing changes for both Shell, AirFlow Truck Co. and the trucking industry altogether.

 

Sources:“’Bespoke’ Trucks? Shell and AirFlow Truck Co. Have Designed and Built One – TheTrucker.com – America’s Trucking Newspaper.” The Trucker, www.thetrucker.com/News/Story/BespoketrucksShellandAirFlowTruckCohavedesignedandbuiltone.

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Self Driving Freight?

 

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Amazon discussing future ideas for autopilot drones that make their own deliveries, Tesla creating a self driving car, and companies like XPO Logistics Inc making the move with the use of robotic machines to raise mass production in their warehouses, what are plans for the future in the trucking industry?

It’s a possibility that one day in the future, trucks will have self driving deliveries that make it from destination A to B or robotic machines that can make deliveries themselves, with technology and innovation rapidly growing every day, anything is possible.

 

 

Sources: “The Future of Freight: What’s Your Vision?” Transport Topics, 5 Apr. 2018, www.ttnews.com/articles/future-freight-whats-your-vision.

“Profit, Revenue Grow at XPO as It Invests in Tech.” Transport Topics, 3 May 2018, www.ttnews.com/articles/profit-revenue-grow-xpo-it-invests-tech.

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Keep Calm and Ezlogz

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Keep calm and Ezlogz! As stated above, Ezlogz is free to all basic users. Give our app a try and upgrade when you’re ready:

Call (877) 395-6491 or visit us at Www.Ezlogz.com for more information.

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Drug Testing for Truck Drivers

The Trucking Alliance –  The Alliance for Driver Safety & Security – are reportedly pushing congress for drug testing to ensure there are no prior opioid addiction or illegal use of substances while going behind the wheel.

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If Congress decide to push for drug testing, verification for no opioid addiction or illegal drug use will be required at least 30 days prior to employment to anyone applying for safety sensitive related jobs in the trucking industry.

 

Sources: “Trucking Alliance Pushes Congress to Tighten Truck Driver Drug Testing.” TopNews – Drivers – TopNews – TruckingInfo.com, www.truckinginfo.com/channel/drivers/news/story/2018/05/trucking-alliance-pushes-congress-to-tighten-truck-driver-drug-testing.aspx.

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