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What You Need to Know about the FSMA

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On April 6, 2017, the food and beverage industry reached the first compliance deadline for the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). This act is the biggest change to the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act that was passed in 1938 and seeks to reduce the chances of illness and contamination caused by food. For companies up and down the supply chain, FSMA’s Sanitary Transport Rule places a strict emphasis on maintaining proper transport temperatures and practices. To see how this rule affects your company, read through our things to know below. 1. Accurate temperature tracking is a must If temperatures fall...

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Debunking 4 Common ELD Myths

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In the fleet world, the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) Mandate has generated a lot of talk and concern. With only eight months until the compliance deadline of December 18, 2017, companies are running out of time to begin implementing electronic logging. While several articles and blogs have discussed several of the key benefits offered by ELDs, fewer have addressed the common misconceptions that have emerged since the mandate passed. For this blog, we will debunk four of the common myths surrounding ELDs. 1. ELDs violate privacy Though GPS tracking does monitor and record the locations of drivers on the job,...

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3 Benefits of Electronic IFTA Reporting

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Fleet regulations and tracking mandates have radically changed the automotive industry over the last several years. From driver vehicle inspection reports (DVIR) to the Hours of Service (HoS) mandate, fleets are now required to have tighter tracking and reporting methods than ever before. For fleets with interstate motor carriers that travel across state lines, this means using telematics units to track fuel tax payments for their International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) reports. If you fall into this category, read through the benefits below to see why using the Geotab Go7 to record fuel usage can save you time, money, and...

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Drowsy Drivers: The Issue Behind HoS Regulations

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On July 1, 2013, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) passed rules regulating the Hours of Service for property- and passenger-carrying drivers. These regulations were created to decrease the number of drowsy drivers by limiting the time they can spend driving on the clock, as you can see in this chart: Although these regulations have helped keep overworked, drowsy drivers off the road, they can’t regulate what drivers do in their off-time. You can encourage your drivers to take their rest seriously, but ultimately, you can’t control their actions. Instead, train your drivers...

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3 Tips for Completing Driver Vehicle Inspection Reports

Safety should always be a top priority for any fleet. Though each company can enforce its own fleet practices, industry regulations ensure that a standard of safety is followed by every American fleet. Driver Vehicle Inspection Reports (DVIR) are required by the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) to promote safety for fleets and every driver on the road. According to Regulation 396.11, “Every driver shall prepare a report in writing at the completion of each day’s work on each vehicle operated.” Each report must include a check of the following parts: Brakes - Parking & Service Tires, Wheels, &...

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