A recent survey by trucking consulting firm Transport Capital Partners found that 35% of carriers polled in February have adopted electronic logs, up from 25% of carriers in May 2012. According to the survey, nearly half of larger carriers, 43%, have moved to elogs while 29% of smaller carriers are doing so. Although they have not yet fully transitioned, two-thirds of carriers polled said they are using or testing elogs in their trucks, while another 10% are considering it.1
The increasing shift toward electronic log usage is right in line with the upcoming change in Hours of Service regulations from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). As of July 1, all commercial motor vehicle drivers will have to comply with recent revisions to HOS regulations. These updates will now, “limit the use of the 34-hour restart provision to once every 168 hours and requires that anyone using the 34-hour restart provision have as part of the restart two periods that include 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. It also includes a provision that allows truckers to drive if they have had a break of at least 30 minutes, at a time of their choosing, sometime within the previous 8 hours.”2
Although it is likely that the FMCSA’s mandate requiring the use of electronic logging devices (ELDs) on commercial vehicles will not go into full effect until 20163, the new HOS regulations may be difficult to manage via paper logs.1 Plus, electronic logs not only assist in tracking hours, but can help reduce fines, improve CSA scores and decrease time spent on HOS administration.
Rand McNally’s TND™ 760 helps you to improve compliance more easily, and manage your overall fleet. The TND™ 760 offers a low cost, high value solution, and quick return on your investment. Additionally, you benefit from high driver acceptance, leading truck-specific navigation, unmatched customer support and integration with key TMS programs. With more than 75 years in trucking innovation, and a brand you already know and trust, Rand McNally and the TND™ 760 are well suited to evolve with you as your compliance needs continue to change.
Each year, the Mid-America Trucking Show proves to be “the three biggest days on the heavy-duty trucking calendar,”4 and this year was no exception. The 2013 show, held March 21-23 in Louisville, Ky., included 1,072 exhibiting companies from 43 states and nine countries, more than 78,000 attendees from 50 states and 79 countries, 238 media correspondents and 1.2 million square feet of pure heavy-duty trucking enthusiasm.
At the Rand McNally booth, we gave out 850 Motor Carriers’ Road Atlases, 250 IntelliRoute® TND™ hats and 250 pens. Plus, we supported almost 200 customers with device updates, and offered TND™ 760 demos. We also showcased and demoed the IntelliRoute® TND™ 720 LM and the new TND™ 520 LM, available later this month.
For more on Rand McNally product updates announced at MATS, read the Transport Topics story here.
The TND™ 760 is a cost-effective electronic logging system, mobile communication solution, and fleet management tool all in one. With three different service plan options to fit a variety of needs, the TND™ 760 coupled with the Rand McNally Connect web portal, is equipped to benefit anyone from the owner operator or independent driver to large fleet operations. That’s why now, in an industry first, Rand McNally is offering the TND™ 760 at retail locations.
Travel Centers of America (TA)/Petro, the largest full-service travel center company in the United States serving the professional driver community, is the first retailer to carry the TND™ 760 devices in its stores. Additionally, TA will offer professional installation services for the devices at select locations.
“Not all of our customers are large fleets. Many of our customers are owner operators and small business owners who purchase our truck GPS devices and Motor Carriers’ Road Atlases at TA retail locations,” explained Dave Muscatel, CEO of Rand McNally. “It’s important that we offer the appropriate EOBR compliance and fleet management solutions there as well. Rand McNally is committed to helping fleets and drivers alike in better managing their businesses and meeting the upcoming EOBR implementation mandated by Map 21.”
Those who purchase the TND™ 760 at TA, then sign up for a service plan (starting at less than $20/month) at randmcnally.com/activation. Installing the device is quick and easy, and can be done in 30 minutes or less with a suction cup mount and cable. Or, those who prefer may opt to have their device installed at 20 select TA locations. Installation services will be available at most TA locations in the near future.
To learn more about the TND™ 760 including service plan options and features, click here or call 1-800-789-6277. And, the next time you find yourself at a TA, look out for the TND™ 760 on the shelves.
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National Private Truck Council (NPTC)
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April 28-30, 2013
Walcott Truckers Jamboree
July 11-13, 2013
IFTA 2013 Annual Meeting
August 21-22, 2013
The Great American Trucking Show
August 22-24, 2013