Electronic Logging Device

The ELD Mandate: How Will It Affect You?

What is the ELD Mandate?

Essentially, this new mandate requires drivers to utilize an ELD (Electronic Logging Device) to keep track of their hours. This rule is in place to create a better system for accurately tracking the number of hours a driver is on the road. Previously, with paper logs, there was the concern that hours could be mistakenly tracked and drivers could be on the road much longer than necessary. The current rule states that for every 11 hours you drive, you must take 10 hours off.

How will it affect idling times?

With this new rule in place, there’s no getting around the necessary 10 hours of downtime. While you do not have to stay in your truck for those entire 10 hours, most drivers use this time to sleep or relax in their bunk. If the truck were to idle for these 10 hours of downtime, fuel and energy costs may pile up. In addition, idling laws are always changing – oftentimes, states will prevent idling for long periods of time.

What can I do?

An alternative to idling is utilizing an APU (Auxiliary Power Unit). This unit will allow you to turn off your engine during downtime, while still maintaining access to heat, air conditioning, internet, and other services in your truck that require power. By using an APU instead of idling, you can stay up-to-code with the new ELD Mandate and enjoy all the road has to offer.

 

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What You Need to Know About ELD

Now that 2018 is officially in full effect, the FMCSA’s final ELD rule is also in full effect. Over three million trucking companies and their drivers are still working on reaching compliance, even after the deadline has passed and it’s important for every trucking company to be up-to-speed with E-logs and how they work. According to ELDFacts.com,

“an ELD is an electronic solution that enables professional truck drivers and commercial motor carriers to easily track Hours of Service (HOS) compliance. All CDL drivers required to keep a Record of Duty Status (RODS) must use an ELD to document their compliance with HOS rules. The new ELD rule adds certain technical and performance specifications that define exactly what the device must feature.”

 

By this time, it’s important for motor carriers, whether big or small, to be ELD compliant to avoid any penalty fees that may arise for companies that do not comply with this new rule. Having an APU generator can benefit companies during the ELD compliance, due to their design to conserve resources, saving drivers money and helping to maintain the life of the truck’s engine, especially since ELD requires a certain amount of downtime now. For used APU generators, be sure to visit our eBay store through our website.

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Idling Laws at a Glance

Idling laws vary by state and a majority of the time, because of these laws, truck companies end up spending loads of money. But first, what is idling you ask? Vehicle idling happens when a vehicle is left running when it’s still in park. Did you know that idling can use up to a gallon of fuel within an hour’s time? Idling also increases the carbon footprint, therefore, the idling laws came about. In California, the maximum idling time is 5 minutes with a fine minimum of $50, while in Colorado, the maximum idling time is 5 minutes within any 1 hour with a maximum fine of $1,000 and/or 1 year imprisonment.

Map showing idling laws by state

Truck companies suffer and pay the most money for these idling fines when owners don’t invest in APUs for trucks. Having a generator for every truck a fleet company has is important due to the fact that an APU allows drivers to turn off their engines and still enjoy the comforts of utilities that require the engine to be in order to still operate. By investing in an APU generator, truck companies no longer have to worry about idling laws and they’re saving money on fuel as well.

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New Year, New E-Logs

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration turned the trucking industry on its head in December of 2015. The final ELD rule now requires electronic logging (a.k.a e-logs) devices for trucks with a 2000 or newer model year. As of December 17th, this is something interstate truck drivers must do. Although this is a drastic change that may help trucking companies in the long run, with new ventures comes preparation.

With 2018 being just around the corner, a great way to make sure your drivers have an easy E-log transition is to secure a new or used APU generator for trucks. If you’re familiar with APUs then you know that it allows drivers to stay comfortable during idling times. According to truckinginfo.com,

“the most common mistake fleets make when adopting ELDs is trying to do it too quickly…It takes time to select a good system that is a match for your fleet, develop the compliance culture necessary to operate in the electronic logging universe, train everyone in how to use the system, and roll it out in an orderly fashion.”

If you haven’t at least looked into investing in some new APU generators, we highly suggest doing so now that the ELD rule is in full swing.

 

For affordable and reliable APU for trucks, be sure to visit our ebay store via our homepage.

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Why Truck Companies Need to Conserve Fuel

Truck driving is expensive within itself, especially when a majority of truck companies’ vehicles are traveling cross country. But how do you give drivers their comfort while driving without compromising luxuries such as heat, air conditioning, cooking and even watch T.V during their long trips, while also saving costs on fuel? Did you know there’s a way for drivers to still have their luxuries and keep their engine off? APU generators for trucks is the key and have proven to be money savers in the trucking industry for some time now.

However, it can be quite a task to find a budget friendly APU that lasts for years to come. Luckily, just like everything else in this world that you can find refurbished for a good price, it’s possible to find a used APU for sale.

At APU Center, We pride ourselves in having budget friendly Quality APU’s from brands like Thermo King Tripac, Thermo King Evolution, Rigmaster Power, Dynasys APU, Carrier APU, HP2000 APU, CCS Lightning, Cummins Comfort Guard APU, and some other brands as well. These Used/Reconditioned Apu’s reduce fuel and operating cost of any truck and can provide house power for appliances. With our APUs, within a year you can save enough fuel that the cost pays for itself, And stay comfortable all year round.

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