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BigRoad’s Top Blogs of 2017

2017 has been a big year for everyone in the trucking industry. In the last 12 months we have seen freight volumes peak, exciting new technology, rules and regulation changes, and of course, the long-awaited electronic logging device (ELD) mandate deadline.

A Year In Review Through the BigRoad Blog

Taking a look back through our blog, it’s no surprise that our most popular topics of the year have surrounded around complicated hours-of-service rules (HOS), exemptions, ELDs, and how to prepare for the mandate. In case you missed them, here are the top 7 BigRoad blogs from 2017!

1. AOBRDs VS ELDs – April 3, 2017
Most fleets and drivers didn’t know that the use of automatic onboard recording devices (AOBRDs) had been grandfathered under the ELD mandate. Fleets that were using AOBRD before December 18, 2017 are able to continue to using them until December 16, 2019 before transitioning to an electronic logging device (ELD). Read the Blog Here »

2. A Guide to Understanding Yard Move and Personal Conveyance – November 9, 2017
Special driving events include situations like when you need to move your truck a few meters in a parking lot or use the vehicle to drive yourself home after work. Your truck is moving, but you don’t want to eat into your available drive time. Well, we’ve got some good news for you! The FMCSA outlined special driving categories for yard move and personal conveyance to ensure these situations do not count towards your available driving time. ELD providers needed to make these options available in their solution. Read More Here »

3. What You Need to Know About Cargo Securement – May 16, 2017

Cargo Securement

From June 6-8, inspectors across North America pulled commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) aside to conduct compliance, enforcement, and educational initiatives during the 2017 International Roadcheck program.

During International Roadcheck, inspectors primarily be conducted North American Standard Level I Inspections. A Level I Inspection is an extremely comprehensive examination of both the driver and the vehicle.

Every year the CVSA announces an area of inspection that will receive special attention from inspectors. This year focused on cargo securement. Learn More About Cargo Securement »

4. Introducing the BigRoad Referral Program – August 15, 2017

BigRoad Referral Program

Imagine you could earn $75 for every trucker friend you had? With BigRoad, you can! The BigRoad
Referral Program
is an exciting way for truckers and friends of truckers to refer their friends to DashLink, the #1 choice for ELD compliance, while they both
earn rewards!

The BigRoad Referral Program is open to the public -anyone can participate! Participants will earn a $75 reward for each friend they refer to BigRoad who purchases a DashLink ELD. Their friend will earn a $25 reward for becoming a BigRoad customer. Learn More About the Referral Program »

5. Webinar Recap: ELogs, ELDs, and AOBRDs; What’s the Difference? – April 13, 2017
With so many products promising ELD mandate compliance flooding the market, a lot of owner-operators are left wondering what these tools do, and which one(s) they they need to do to comply with the law. 
During this webinar, we explained the differences between these compliance tools, which devices are compliant with the ELD mandate. Our goal was to helped you find your best fit while making sure you have the answers you need to stay ahead of the law. Watch the Recap »

6. Just When You Think You’ve Seen Everything – January 11, 2017

Top Spills

To quote Forrest Gump, “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get.” The same can be said for trucking, every day on the road is different. Just when you think you’ve seen it all, a truck carrying chips collides with a truck carrying beer to fulfill every snack lovers dreams!
This is a recap…but we aren’t talking about the normal things: the ELD mandate, new regulations, or hours-of-service (HOS) changes. We’ve pulled together our list of the top weird trucking spills from 2016 (where no one got hurt of course). Check them out! See the top spills » 

7. Update on ELD Mandate Exemptions – November 26, 2017

As the ELD mandate quickly approached, people still had a lot of questions about the rules and regulations. One of the most common question people had was if  the ELD mandate applied to them or if they were exempt from the rule.

In most cases, if you are currently required to keep a record of duty status (RODS), you are required to comply with the mandate and have a compliant ELD or AOBRD installed in your vehicle by the December 18, 2017 ELD mandate deadline. However, you might have qualified for an exemption! Get an update on exemptions »

How BigRoad Can Help

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