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Mandatory electronic logging devices and legalized marijuana

As of Dec. 18, anyone who operates commercial buses or trucks south of the border will be required to have a compliant electronic logging device (ELD) installed on their vehicle, and ensure their drivers and staff are trained on its use.

The rule applies to Canadian and Mexican-domiciled drivers and carriers as well as those based in the US. There are a few exemptions in place, such as vehicles manufactured prior to the model year 2000, those who use paper logs for no more than eight days out of 30, and those involved in driveaway-towaway operations.

But for the most part, if you are currently required to keep a paper log, you will be required to have an ELD installed in less than nine months. (If you have existing e-log technology that doesn’t meet the new standard installed prior to Dec. 18, you will have until Dec. 16 2019 to have it upgraded to meet the standards or replaced).

Are you and your company ready for this mandate? Do you have the information you need to ensure you are fully compliant with the rule prior to the drop-dead date?

If you are waiting for the last minute in hopes that the Trump administration will eliminate this rule with another stroke of the pen, that is a flawed strategy at best. All indications are that the ELD mandate will go forward, so if you are entering the US, you should already be looking into devices and starting to plan your roll-out.

It takes time to ensure you are sourcing a compliant device, from scheduling the installations, and training all your drivers and operations staff on how to use them. The US Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is not certifying devices, by the way, it is simply allowing manufacturers to self-certify that they comply with the technical standard.

So, just because a device appears on the FMCSA’s website as being certified, does not necessarily mean it is so. If, down the road, the device is found to be non-compliant, the manufacturer of the device will have a very short time frame to bring it into compliance. If they can’t, you will be held responsible to have it replaced.

In light of this, ensure you do your homework and do some fact checking prior to purchasing a device. You can go to the FMCSA’s website for more information.

On March 27, the news media reported the federal Liberal government will announce legislation in April of this year, with the intention of having marijuana legalized by July 1, 2018. The legislation is expected to broadly follow the recommendations of a federally appointed task force that released a report in December, 2016.

Are you ready to deal with how this will affect your workplace? Do you have policies in place already to protect your workers and your workplace? Are they sufficient?

We will be covering policies and procedures related to the legalization of marijuana as part of our annual conference in Niagara Falls, Ont. in June. For more information on the event, or to contact the Private Motor Truck Council of Canada office with any questions, you can e-mail info@pmtc.ca, trucks@pmtc.ca, or call 905-827-0587.

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Mike Millian is president of the Private Motor Truck Council of Canada, the only national association that represents the views and interests of the private fleet industry. He can be reached at trucks@pmtc.ca.

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What are your questions for truck drivers?

The CHP says a truck driver suffered minor injuries in a single-vehicle crash early Thursday on the collector road from westbound Interstate 10 to Interstate 110. The CHP says a truck driver suffered minor injuries in a single-vehicle crash early Thursday on the collector road from westbound Interstate 10 to Interstate 110. NBC4

Driving on freeways in Southern California is a way of life. It means sharing the roads with multi-ton trucks, tractors and tankers. Now as the economy recovers from the recession, truck traffic is on the rise — and so are crashes.
 
KPCC is examining this trend and delving into the causes behind truck-car crashes. We’re also asking how drivers can keep themselves safe. This is where we need your help.
 
If you could sit down with a truck driver over coffee, what would you like to ask him or her? What would you like to know about driving next to trucks and doing that safely?

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Technology is driving the freight brokerage industry in 2017

The freight brokerage industry has been near and dear to my heart for many years. Earlier in my career, I had the privilege of running one of Canada’s largest 3PL operations. My current company has had the distinct pleasure of consulting with some of North America’s finest freight brokers. Periodically I like to look at the changes that are taking place in this industry. In previous years, I have published blogs[1] on the impact on technology in the freight brokerage industry. Times have changed.

Technology is no longer a driving force in this industry. It is the driving force. This year we are witnessing the application of technology to every facet of the business. This industry has been discovered by venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, truckers, software, and hardware providers. Software innovations are entering the industry at a very rapid pace. This blog will feature a range of companies that are at the forefront of transforming the industry.

Find an app

Posting a shipment has never been easier. Friendshippr.com[2] turns your Facebook friends into a shipping network. The Friendshippr app, available on Google Play, or from Apple store, is a simple tool to move goods between your Facebook friends.

Pick up, package and label products

Shyp.com[3] will pick up, package, label and deliver your freight.

Deliver goods on day of pickup

If you want to send a package across town or have it picked up, Deliv[4] can do it. They currently service 17 markets. Prices start at $12.50 for our 3-hour same day delivery service.

Find a driver

Roadie’s[5] business model works with “gigs” which are deliveries or shipments. Shippers are asked to post a “gig” online or on a phone, and Roadie will match it with a driver who’s going that way. Once Senders post details and pictures of the item they want to send, drivers make offers based on location, price, and availability. Once Drivers offer to deliver the Gig, Senders can review ratings and experience before choosing their Driver.

Find a carrier

Here are two interesting services for brokers seeking to find carriers. Carrierprocuremate.com[6] is a free service for companies looking for Canadian carriers. To make the job easy, the carriers are sorted by province. One of the challenges in launching a freight brokerage operation is to find quality carriers that serve specific geographic areas and particular corridors. CarrierLists.com[7] makes the job easy by interviewing all of their carriers via telephone in order to obtain the following information:

• Full contact info: city, state, phone, email, & website

• Trailer Modes – van, reefer, flatbed, intermodal, tanker etc.

• Trailer Fleet size – 10 to 500 trailers

• Operating Lanes/Regions – Regional, National, International, etc.

• Specializations – Teams, Heavy/Oversize, etc.

• Color commentary – hidden margin making gems uncovered during interviews

Dispatch a truck

NCX[8] or National Carrier Exchange has a unique business model. NCX offers a FREE Fleet Management, Dispatch, Tracking and Operations platform aimed at helping Carriers and Dispatchers manage their fleets. There is no additional equipment to buy, no software to download or install. All you need is a computer with an internet connection for your dispatchers and smart phones for your drivers. NCX provides numerous functions to help increase efficiency, like scheduling and assigning loads electronically to drivers, sending exact pick up details right to their phone. Dispatchers can use its load calendar and live map for continuous tracking of all of its trucks.

For less than $10 US per month TruckTrack[9] lets you manage up to ten trucks, by performing the dispatching, safety and driver payroll functions.

Manage the business

There are a host of companies that provide software-based operating systems to run every facet of the business. Many of our small to medium-size customers use MercuryGate International’s[10] TMS system. Their system is designed to:

• Rapidly onboard new customers and enter loads

• Quickly locate capacity using internal and external sources

• Validate carriers & rates to reduce risk and improve margins

• Track loads door-to-door

• Manage buy and sell rates and margin analysis

• Settle invoices quickly

• Provide optimal customer service There are a range of providers that provide services like MercuryGate.

Set up a customer portal

BrokerWare[11] is advertised as a web-based application that will increase the efficiency of your company. The software offers many features that allow a business to run more efficiently and effectively, helping a freight broker to grow and become more profitable. Instead of the broker’s sales team spending time, the broker can set up customer portals, and let its customers get quotes and book shipments themselves. The freight broker can save on the man-hours of inputting that information. The less time a broker’s sales team has to spend taking, inputting, and managing customer orders, the more efficient it can be.

Enter a freight marketplace

Freightos[12] allows shippers to easily search across dozens of air, ocean and trucking freight shipping companies for the best quote, with live pricing, transit time and forwarder reviews to help you decide. Their freight rates are all-inclusive, provided by trusted freight companies, whether it’s air, ocean or LTL freight.

Find a freight broker

There are freight brokers all over North America using some or all of the software systems outlined above. Some now cater to specific segments of the industry. Freightcom[13] specializes in providing efficient, cost-effective LTL shipping solutions for small and midsize businesses. Freighera[14] caters to wholesalers, manufacturers and distributors that ship occasionally or regularly in the U.S. & Canada. Transfix[15] focuses on full truckload freight.

Find your freight

Weft[16] builds platforms to ingest supply chain and contextual data, extract actionable insights and export that intelligence for business leaders to make better supply chain decisions. For an additional level of granularity, they also develop asset tracking hardware that tracks and monitors your cargo.

Clearly freight brokerage has migrated a long way from the days when people worked out of their basements with a phone and fax machine. New software applications are being developed every day. The business has made dramatic strides in terms of sophistication. This is an exciting time to be a freight broker.

References

  1. ^ blogs (www.dantranscon.com)
  2. ^ Friendshippr.com (friendshippr.com)
  3. ^ Shyp.com (www.shyp.com)
  4. ^ Deliv (www.deliv.co)
  5. ^ Roadie’s (www.roadie.com)
  6. ^ Carrierprocuremate.com (carrierprocuremate.com)
  7. ^ CarrierLists.com (CarrierLists.com)
  8. ^ NCX (www.nationalcarrierexchange.com)
  9. ^ TruckTrack (trucktrack.co)
  10. ^ MercuryGate International’s (mercurygate.com)
  11. ^ BrokerWare (3plsystems.com)
  12. ^ Freightos (www.freightos.com)
  13. ^ Freightcom (Freightcom.com)
  14. ^ Freighera (www.freightera.com)
  15. ^ Transfix (transfix.io)
  16. ^ Weft (www.weft.io)