FMCSA has removed the ArionT from the list of ELDs

FMCSA has removed the ArionT from the list of ELDs

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) establishes minimum performance and design standards for hours-of-service (HOS) electronic logging devices (ELDs). On June 24, 2022, FMCSA removed the ArionT ELD from the list of registered ELDs due to the company’s failure to meet the minimum requirements established in 49 CFR part 395, subpart B, appendix A. Motor carriers and drivers using ArionT ELDs have 60 days to replace the revoked devices with compliant ELDs.

Here are the specifics of the affected ELD product, model #, and ELD identifier:

ELD Name: ArionT ELD

Model number: AT5000

ELD Identifier: AR1ONT

ELD Provider: Arion Tech Inc.

This device now appears on FMCSA’s Revoked Devices list.

Motor carriers and drivers who use the ArionT device must take the following actions:

  1. Discontinue using the revoked device(s) and revert to paper logs or other logging software to record required hours of service data.
  2. Replace the revoked device(s) with compliant ELD(s) from the Registered Devices list before August 24, 2022.

These required actions provide motor carriers with up to 60 days to replace their ArionT devices with compliant ELDs.

Motor carriers and drivers who continue to use the revoked ArionT device listed above on or after August 24, 2022, will be in violation and drives will be placed out-of-service in accordance with the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) OOS Criteria.

If Arion Tech Inc. corrects all identified deficiencies, the FMCSA will place the device back on the Registered Devices list and inform the industry and the field of the status change. However, FMCSA strongly encourages motor carriers to take the actions listed above now to avoid compliance issues should these deficiencies continue past the 60-day grace period.

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  • The TripDawg ELD is based on Geotab, one of the highest rated ELDs available
  • TripDawg ELDs are always kept up to date with the latest technology and software releases
  • TripDawg ELDs offer amazing expansion capabilities including:
    1. Dash Cams
    2. Weigh Station Bypass
    3. Asset tracking
    4. Fleet Maintenance
    5. Dispatch solutions
    6. And more!

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Improve Recruitment and Retention with Driver-Friendly Technology

Improve Recruitment and Retention with Driver-Friendly Technology

Driver shortages hit all-time highs in 2021, making recruiting and retention a top priority for both large and small motor carriers. How can fleet managers and business leaders attract and retain drivers to fill their needs today and prepare for the demands of the future?

All employees want to feel supported by their employers, so having an employee-first (or specifically a driver-first) culture is important. Having access to the latest tools for communication, efficiency, and safety are important to them.

Offering a company culture that includes these technologies is the first step in building and maintaining a company that drivers want to become part of. Here are a few tools that are helping companies attract drivers and are helping driver stay safe, stay in touch, and efficiently complete their routes so they can return home to their families.

Becoming a Driver-First Focused Company

The right company focus that gives employees a sense of belonging, purpose, and tangible benefits is the first step toward retention. In this article, we present you with the top tools to consider in order to build that driver-first culture in your company.

Telematics Solutions

Your drivers spend most of their day behind the wheel and on the road alone. What better way to support them during the most difficult part of their job than with telematics-based software solutions that clearly offer a positive impact on driver experience and efficiency.

With mandated ELD regulations, drivers are concerned about planning their drive time accurately to avoid HOS violations. One extremely helpful tool in getting drivers home faster is a weigh station bypass system. Bypass systems not only make the driver feel cared-for and their time appreciated, but they also save the company time and money when drivers do not have to stop, produce the required information, and wait for law enforcement review. Some bypass systems offer e-inspection capabilities which streamline the process even if the driver is required to stop. Inspection time can be reduced from over a half hour to just minutes, enabling the driver to get back on the road more quickly.

Electronic Driver Qualification File Management

Another impressive tool that speeds onboarding and seasonal hiring, is online driver qualification file software. Online access for applying, re-hire, and getting the necessary documentation for compliance helps companies streamline their operations and present themselves to prospective employees in a professional and organization manner.

These driver qualification file systems also offer driver communications to help facilitate the gathering of compliance documents while on the road. When a driver applicant sees how easy the onboard and compliance process is, the driver-first company benefits.

In Conclusion

At VLC, our TripDawg and DQMConnect™ products are helping companies improve recruitment and retention by helping them with a driver-first culture. Let’s explore these opportunities and others that can help your business build an efficient, exciting technology strong company that drivers want to be part of. Contact us for a discovery call.


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What You Need to Know About Truck Electronic Logging Devices

What You Need to Know About Truck Electronic Logging Devices

What You Need to Know About Truck Electronic Logging Devices

For years, truckers were forced to maintain a hand-written journal documenting their journeys and various aspects of their trucks, such as mileage and fuel use, as well as their hour-to-hour activities.  This was difficult, tedious, and very prone to error – which was a problem when it was also the legally required activity log.

So recently, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) created a new standard for logging truck activities digitally.  This centers around the use of a truck electronic logging device (ELD) to track and store vital data.  ELDs are far more convenient than paper books, but there are still things that every driver or fleet manager should know about them.

Important Facts About Truck Electronic Logging Devices

1 – What do ELDs record?

Most ELDs are hooked directly into a truck’s systems, so they’re able to automatically record mileage, fuel use, and more.  They can also keep track of a driver’s schedule, logging on-duty and off-duty hours, and help ensure a driver doesn’t stay on the road longer than they’re legally allowed to.

(And by the same token, they also make it far more difficult to fudge those numbers, a common issue with paper logs.)

2 – Who has to carry an ELD?

The vast majority of commercial long-distance vehicles are obligated to use ELDs.  In particular, it applies to vehicles which:

  • Weigh at least 10,000 pounds
  • Transport 8+ people for compensation
  • Transport 15+ people without compensation
  • Transports hazardous materials which require placards

So, the regulations apply to everyone from truckers transporting food to commercial bus lines.  There are very few exceptions.

3 – What are the exceptions to ELD regulations?

In a few situations, a driver may not be obligated to own or maintain an ELD.  These are:

  • The vehicle in question was manufactured before the year 2000 and therefore lacks the necessary electronic interfaces.
  • Drivers who drive less than 8 days per month
  • Drivers transporting vehicles for sale/lease/etc., if the vehicle they’re driving is also part of the shipment to be sold – such as a truck hauling other trucks.

4 – What ELDs are compliant with regulations?

There are dozens of choices in ELDs which have been certified by the FMCSA.  The full list can be accessed here.  In addition, smartphones can also be used as ELD, if it’s possible to directly connect the phone to the vehicle’s computer system.

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Preventing HOS Violations with Geotab

Preventing HOS Violations with Geotab

HOS violations can be costly to your organization. Your driver is placed out of service causing a ripple effect through your driver team and delays with your deliveries. Not to mention the fines, which can be significant.

Let’s take a look at the top 6 violations and see how Geotab can reduce or eliminate them from your fleet:

Wrong Class License

Ensure your divers have the proper license for their vehicle and trailer. Keep medical updates current and set reminders around licenses.

Vehicle Out of Service

Keep brakes, tires, and lights in proper working order to avoid road check violations. Cargo securement is another common violation that can put your vehicle OOS. Preventative maintenance is an excellent way to avoid these issues, replacing or repairing before problems occur. It’s also a great way to keep your drivers and equipment safe.

Driving Beyond Time

The 14-Hour and 11-Hour Rules are in place for everyone’s safety. Be sure that your drivers are informed about the HOS requirements.

Outdated Logs

Your Geotab ELD can avoid the risk of receiving this violation. Make sure your drivers actively update their change in duty status so that your logs are current and accurate at all times.

Compliance Review Violations

These violations typically occur when you are unable to present your ELD logs or are missing log data. If you are using an ELD and the data transfer fails, the Geotab Drive App can be a lifesaver. It will automatically retain the previous 14 days of logs to present during a roadside inspection.

Roadside Inspection Violations

These violations can easily be avoided when using the Geotab ELD. Geotab data can help the fleet manager see what drivers are reporting and can help spot any signs of tampering or falsification of records.

We Can Help

VLC has been assisting Fleet Managers and HR with tools and information to keep HOS violations reduced and eliminated. The Geotab device, when used correctly, will help you and your drivers stay on the road and avoid penalties. Call us for more information.


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The Road to the Perfection… Customizable Fleet Solutions

The Road to the Perfection… Customizable Fleet Solutions

Custom Reports

ELDSince all fleets must become ELD compliant, it makes sense to leverage your investment across all your fleet operations. With electronic logging, you have access to a wealth of data, from duty status and location, engine hours, vehicles miles, driver ID, and more. A telematics solution can even capture other critical data like odometer, fuel usage, speed, hard braking, and emissions.

So, why not benefit from your ELD investment and put this great data to work for you? Custom reports can help you:

  1. Improve driver safety
  2. Manage your driver’s time better; take on more work
  3. Improve accuracy; reduce violations and fines
  4. Save time and money; office staff can be more efficient
  5. Improve driver coaching; minimize wear and tear on your fleet
  6. Automate IFTA reporting
  7. And much more!!!

Protection Through Proof

Surfsight dashcam captures the drive and the driver behavior in real-time. Powered by artificial intelligence and machine vision, Surfsight automatically detects, and alerts distracted driver behavior and harsh driving incidents, addressing the leading causes of preventable accidents.

When an accident does occur, on-demand video retrievals allow you to review the details leading up to and during the accident. This easily accessible video footage ensures your company is protected through visual proof, reducing claims and insurance costs.

Predictive Maintenance

Electronic logs make it possible to manage your defects in real-time, which can reduce your downtime due to maintenance. In addition, PdM, or predictive maintenance will help avoid breakdowns and expensive repairs.

Predictive maintenance offers huge cost savings and a big boost to customer satisfaction. A well-maintained vehicle is overall all more cost effective and meets a higher safety standard. Operating conditions can be seen in the diagnostic trouble codes that are transmitted along a vehicle’s common area network (CAN lines). Your vehicle’s health is reported in order to predict emerging problems BEFORE they occur. Predictive maintenance has been shown to save companies on average 10-20 percent (and more) of maintenance costs per year.

Problem? We Have a Solution for You!

Time to scrap your paper records and go electronic. Whatever your fleet size, whatever your biggest pain point, we have a solution for you. AND…the best part, your solution can grow as your business and fleet grows!


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FBI Notification On Electronic Logging

FBI Notification On Electronic Logging

On July 21, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) issued a Private Industry Notification (PIN) on the security of electronic logging devices (ELDs). The document, titled “Electronic Logging Device Cybersecurity and Best Practices” outlines key information on ELDs and cyber risk, as well as advice on managing risk.

The aim of the FBI notice is to alert businesses to the importance of ELD cybersecurity and the potential for cyber criminal activity. No specific cybersecurity requirements for ELD manufacturers or suppliers is prescribed, however, the FBI encourages businesses to reach out to their suppliers for security information.

To mitigate cyber risk, the FBI recommends that businesses follow ELD best practices. They also encourage businesses to talk to their ELD provider about cybersecurity. Here is the list of questions to ask from the FBI notice.

Questions to ask your ELD provider:

Is the communication between the engine and the ELD enforced?
Were current technical standards or best practices followed in the device’s development?
Does the component [ELD device] protect confidentiality and integrity of communications?
Has the component [ELD device] had penetration tests performed on it?
Does the device have secure boot?
Does the device ship with debug mode disabled?
The FBI states that taking an “active approach to vetting ELD options” is a worthwhile measure. Taking the time to critically evaluate an ELD before rollout can help minimize risk, but also verify quality to avoid costly disruptions due to performance issues.

The U.S. ELD mandate does not require third-party validation or testing of ELDs before self-certification. This makes it even more important for fleets to practice due diligence on ELD research.

Fleets can also reference the cybersecurity guidelines for telematics systems from the National Motor Freight Traffic Association (NMFTA) for guidance on rating cybersecurity considerations. Read more about NMFTA and cybersecurity.

While the FBI has not provided detailed answers to the ELD questions, we have outlined below what we believe are acceptable minimum responses from an ELD provider. Geotab meets all of these cybersecurity considerations noted below.

Is the communication between the engine and the ELD enforced?
NMFTA document SCP-060 section is: “The vendor shall enforce controls integrated into the telematics device to limit the possible commands and data transmitted to the vehicle network.” The GO device is designed to minimize the number of commands or data transmitted into the vehicle on the CAN Bus.

Were technical standards or best practices followed in the device’s development?
Geotab publishes its Software Development Life Cycle. In addition, please see the Geotab Product Integrity White Paper for information on international standards compliance. Finally, Geotab actively contributed to the NMFTA Cybersecurity Requirements for Telematics Systems linked in the FBI PIN notice.

Does the component protect confidentiality and integrity of communications?
Geotab provides one of the most secure telematics solutions available on the market today. Geotab uses encryption to protect data at all times during collection, transmission, storage, and use. The GO devices use AES 256 to encrypt all Data At Rest (DAR). DAR AES 256 keys are generated and stored within the GO device microcontroller.

Each GO device creates their own unique random AES 256 keys. AES 256 keys are generated on the GO device by a Cryptographically Secure Pseudorandom Number Generator (CSPRNG). Geotab’s cryptographic module has achieved FIPS 140-2 validation. The certificate is number #3371. Geotab is the first telematics company to achieve FIPS 140-2 validation.

Data transmission from the GO device to the My Geotab solution uses a rolling AES 256 encryption key scheme to encrypt all Data In Transit (DIT). The DIT keys are securely stored by the GO devices using the DAR keys. The DIT keys are also stored by the My Geotab solution. The DIT AES 256 keys are generated using a CSPRNG by the My Geotab solution. All servers in the My Geotab solution are configured to run in “FIPS mode” so the keys will be generated by a FIPS 140-2 validated cryptographic library.

Customer data in the My Geotab solution is encrypted at rest using AES 256 disk encryption provided by Google. More information on Google disk encryption can be found at Customer data transmitted inside the My Geotab solution is encrypted in transit with TLS 1.2.

Customer access to their data stored in My Geotab is through one of two ways — via web browser or via API. The My Geotab web application and API access is over HTTPS with TLS 1.2. Customer access is controlled through either username and password, or by SSO with SAML 2.0. Password complexity rules are set up by customers within the My Geotab application.

Has the component had penetration tests performed on it?
Yes. Geotab performs at least annual hardware penetration testing on the GO device.

Does the device have secure boot?
The GO device uses firmware that has been cryptographically signed by Geotab and the encryption keys are securely stored in on-board microprocessor memory. This ensures the firmware used by the GO device is authentic when the GO device goes to boot up.

Does the device ship with debug mode disabled?
The GO device ships with debug mode disabled.

Geotab takes a proactive approach to information security. As a global leader in connected vehicles and IoT, Geotab has developed a rigorous and comprehensive cybersecurity program. We work with industry associations and universities to develop security technologies and practices, and create awareness around best practices.

Last year, Geotab was the first telematics company to achieve FIPS 140-2 validation from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for the cryptographic module in our Geotab GO vehicle tracking device. FIPS 140-2 validation is the benchmark for cryptographic modules protecting sensitive information in computer and telecommunication systems for government and military applications in North America.

Read more about FIPS 140-2 validation in this blog post and the related press release.

We invite you to go to the Geotab Security Center for more details on Geotab’s policies and practices. The Security Center includes information about the Geotab security policy and leadership team, customer data privacy, learning resources, and a contact form.

Read Geotab’s response letter to the FBI notification

The following Geotab resources provide an overview on important considerations and best practices for telematics security. Additionally, you can see more best practices and guidelines in the FMCSA’s Cybersecurity Best Practices for Integration/Retrofit of Telematics and Aftermarket Electronic Systems into Heavy Vehicles.

Blog posts:

Four questions about cybersecurity every fleet executive must ask
Cybersecurity basics — how to protect your business
15 security recommendations for building a telematics platform resilient to cyber threats
Federal fleet manager cybersecurity considerations for telematics
White paper:

Best practices for cybersecurity management in telematics
Cybersecurity is a key consideration when it comes to any technology or device for your business, including ELDs. The FBI notification on electronic logging is a reminder that along with safety, productivity and efficiency, fleets and solution providers alike need to be ever mindful of security in their organization.


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