Who Is Exempt From FMCSA ELD Rule

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For many of the carriers I know, you will be exempt from the ELD ruling if your Drivers use paper DOT RODS for not more that 8 days during each 30 day period.  This exemption was made clear on August 31st 2016.

FMCSA ELD Compliance Timeline

FMCSA ELD Compliance Timeline

Here’s a video on the goals of ELD’s





Chain Cigar Smoking and Monthly Fleet Summaries

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1. F2 appears to be under-utilized and F3 is taking the larger burden of ware and tare.  Consider intentionally distributing more deliveries to F2.

2. F2 and F3 are being driven at speeds in access of 80 mph.  Consider allowing our dealer to program an upper limit for speed in the low 70’s.

  • Driven at speeds in access of 80 mph would in these vehicles assures little to no control with emergency breaking or steering. *

3. T8 and T9 are idling 3 to 4 times more than the other delivery vehicles.  Consider:

  • costs to driver and company due to increased exposure to theft/robbery. A sitting target in an out of the way place is an easy hit.


  • cost of increased frequency of repairs to truck’s engine and regeneration system (decreasing it’s  designed productive life and increasing the likely hood of increased down time for repairs later and replacement rentals).

If prolonged idling is an essential aspect of delivery services, I recommend distributing them across the fleet, if possible. dlb


Long idle times for our delivery trucks is equivalent to chain  cigar smoking for humans.  dlb

Truck Battery Dead Drill Down

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Battery goes dead.

Repair discovers the box light was on.

Four (4) possible scenarios.

  1. The battery is expired, exhausted and needs to be replaced anyway.
  2. The alternator is not functioning
  3. The box light mechanism is not functioning properly, causing the lights to continue burning 1.
  4. The driver left the box light on, or the door to the box which activates turn off of the light was left open or ajar causing the light to be left on 2.
  • In the case of this battery dead event , we discovered the sensors controlling the on-off condition were malfunctioning  and therefore #3  3.   For an immediate fix, we removed the light bulbs to continue delivering with the truck until  it can be repaired 4.

If it were #4 the fleet administrator would need to identify the driver.  Here is how we used Fleetmatics/Reveal to identify the last driver before battery failure :

1. Going to the main page and clicking on the Admin from the user pull-down menu


2. Pick the Vehicle List


3. Choosing your Truck for the drill down and clicking on the edit icon


4. In the [Edit Vehicle] click on the [Assignment History] tab


5. On the Vehicle’s Assignment History page look on the bottom for driver’s assignments



More Simply:

Admin-> Vehicle List -> on right side of list click on clip_image012 for desired vehicle -> Click on /Assignment History\ tab. . . .


1 Assumes hands-on knowledge of the delivery vehicle specs

2 Assumes communication with drivers while loading truck notice the lights are not functioning properly and report to the administrator/supervisor

3 Assumes the administrator has gone to the truck to evaluate

4 Assumes company management/ fleet manager has ordered the driver fob option with Fleetmatics, distributed them to the drivers and programmed driver ID with the unique fobs

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