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JUL 2017

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www.rockproducts.com ROCK products • July 2017 • 31 million trucks and 3.4 million drivers. Short haul drivers operating within a 100-mile radius or drivers without a Commercial Drivers License operating within a 150-mile radius will fall under an hours of service exemption. The one exception to this is if a driver sometimes drives outside of the 150- mile radius. These longer routes would require a log and if a driver makes these trips in eight or more days within a roll- ing 30-day window, he or she would need to comply with the mandate going forward. Those who have already implemented automatic on-board recording devices (AOBRDs) installed and operational by Dec. 17, 2017, will have until Decem- ber 2019 to comply, at which time they will need to adopt ELDs. To address start-up cost concerns associated with devices used to track hours of service compliance, the FMCSA has provided that tablets, rugged handhelds and smartphones can be used as long as the system complies with the ELD specifications. What ELD Solution Makes the Most Sense? Since the final ruling on the ELD man- date was published in December 2015, many new vendors have appeared in the marketplace claiming to offer an ELD solution. With the sheer number of choices and type of solutions available, it is important to assess your options carefully and select a technology part- ner that can not only help you gain compliance with the mandate but also address your fleet's needs. Due to reliability and ease of use, a fleet management system is the most common type of solution available today. These are often installed in the cab of a truck, and include a display and onboard computer that provide critical hours of service information to the driver, including number of hours driven, on-duty hours recorded and remaining available hours. Typically rugged stationary hardware, a fleet management system is not reliant on a driver's mobile device for com- munication. However, data will often be transmitted wirelessly to the back office, allowing fleet managers, safety managers and dispatchers to review HOS information in near-real time. Per the ELD mandate, the device must also be fixed, mounted and within arm's reach of the driver while the vehicle is in operation. When the vehicle is not in operation, mobile solutions also give drivers flexibility and allow for extended productivity. Drivers using a smartphone or tablet outside of the cab can perform walk-around vehicle inspections, complete proof of delivery forms, or stay connected with family and friends. When it comes to selecting the right ELD, there is no "one size fits all" solution. Each fleet requires a unique solution to achieve the largest return on investment. For example, there is a growing demand for company-owned, personally enabled (COPE) devices. This approach gives drivers mobility, while also allowing corporate control HOS grid on connected tablet. HOS on connected tablet.

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