Commercial Transportation News

August 2013

FMCSA’s Electronic Logging Device Mandate
Moves to the OMB

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) mandate requiring the use of electronic logging devices to record and track Hours of Service is heading toward publication.

The mandate has been a top priority for the FMCSA for some time. The rule is anticipated to help improve compliance with Hours of Service (HOS) regulations and thereby lessen the risk of fatigue-related crashes that have been heavily linked to non-compliance with HOS rules.1

In June, the proposed rule moved from the FMCSA to the Office of Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Anthony Foxx. Earlier this month, Foxx sent the proposed rule to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Now, the OMB will conduct a cost-benefit analysis before the mandate can be published in the Federal Register. Clearance from the OMB is estimated to take two months. This means, if cleared, the mandate is likely to publish in early November.1

The mandate is coming. Be prepared. Learn about Rand McNally’s electronic logging and fleet management solutions.

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It's a Wrap: The Great American Trucking Show (GATS)

Rand McNally Booth at GATSRand McNally had a great time in Big D this past week at the Great American Trucking Show. 

As usual, we were overrun at the booth providing product demonstrations, updating TND™ devices, giving away Motor Carriers’ Road Atlases, and chatting with drivers and fleet managers. One thing we heard loud and clear is that drivers are getting ready for the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate. As a result, we had more interest in our TND™ 760 and HD 100 E-Log and Mobile Fleet Management solutions than ever before.

In fact, our recent driver survey2 found that 36 percent of drivers surveyed are already using an ELD device, and 69 percent of those drivers report saving at least 15 minutes per day by not having to manually calculate and record Hours of Service. Drivers already using an ELD device also reported additional benefits including:

  • 61% said the ELD helps maintain more accurate records
  • 59% noted automatic alerts when they are running out of driving time as a prime benefit
  • 46% said the ELD helps them focus on driving rather than on administration

Also at GATS, our V.P. of Research & Development Dave Marsh spent quite a bit of time fielding radio interviews – chatting with our friend Dave Nemo of Sirius XM Radio in his stunning suite/radio studio overlooking the West End of Dallas, and visiting with the folks at Red Eye Radio right on site at the Dallas Convention Center. Rand McNally also was proud to participate in Randall-Reilly’s Rookie of the Year presentation as well as the Women in Trucking annual GATS event (complete with chocolate fountain).

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New Integration: Prophesy Dispatch Transportation Management Software from Accellos

Rand McNally’s mobile fleet management solutions are now integrated with Prophesy Dispatch transportation management software (TMS) from Accellos, a leading provider of supply chain execution software. Here’s how the integration helps you do more.

The new integration between Rand McNally’s in-cab fleet management devices and Prophesy Dispatch transportation management software from Accellos is designed to simplify fleet-driver communications. The integration allows dispatchers and drivers to focus more on their jobs and less on the legwork of communicating load information.

This dynamic partnership offers:

  • Full integration with Prophesy Dispatch
  • Precise GPS tracking
  • Enhanced load position mapping
  • 2-Way automated data communication (load), between dispatcher and driver
  • Automated ETA updates
  • Increased operational efficiency
  • Reduced communication assets

Call 1-800-789-6277, and find out more. 

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