05/23/2017

 

 




  How to prepare an ELD compliance rollout plan
 

Select a GPS Tracking provider whose product supports full Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) compliance. Make sure that the provider is knowledgeable about how to support ELD regulations with an easy-to-use solution that’s easy to integrate into your current operations. You also should aim for products that give you a return on your investment in the form of savings and productivity.

From BusRide.com:

On December 18, 2017, the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate will take full effect. This mandate aims to make it “faster and easier to accurately track, manage and share records of duty status (RODS) data.” It applies to interstate operators, hazmat carriers, vehicles weighing 10,000 pounds or more, and most fleets using RODS.

If the rule applies to your fleet you have just a few months to get your drivers up and running with an automatic onboard recording device (AOBRD) or other ELD final rule solution. If you haven’t started planning, now is the time to develop a technology rollout plan.

Here are four steps to get you started:

1.  Select a GPS Tracking provider whose product supports full Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) compliance. Make sure that the provider is knowledgeable about how to support ELD regulations with an easy-to-use solution that’s easy to integrate into your current operations. You also should aim for products that give you a return on your investment in the form of savings and productivity.

2.  Help drivers understand the new tools. Make sure the drivers understand that this new technology will help them maintain ELD compliance. They will gain more control over time, letting them create, edit and manage their own hours – plus, the tracking system gives them ways to help stay compliant, including Hours of Service (HOS) compliance tools; real-time driver feedback; driver vehicle inspection reports; and IFTA mileage reporting.

3.  Implement an employee coaching program to increase engagement. The best way to maintain ELD compliance and help make your rollout a success is through effective and consistent driver coaching – your guys aren’t going to get better if they don’t know what they’re doing wrong.

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  MCI delivers Commuter Coaches, J4500s to Texas, Canada

From Metro:

Motor Coach Industries (MCI), a subsidiary of New Flyer Industries Inc.,  is completing the delivery of 25 new clean-diesel Commuter Coaches to The Woodlands Township, Texas.

Motor Coach Industries (MCI), a subsidiary of New Flyer Industries Inc.,  is completing the delivery of 25 new clean-diesel Commuter Coaches to The Woodlands Township, Texas.

Located approximately 34 miles north of downtown Houston along Interstate 45, The Woodlands Township has put MCI’s top-selling public transit coach into service for its popular park-and-ride service known as The Woodlands Express. Buses travel daily to Houston’s major employment centers including the Texas Medical Center, Greenway Plaza, and Houston’s central business district.

The first five MCI Commuter Coaches were delivered in December of 2015, followed by 10 more coaches in March 2016. The final 10 coaches will be delivered this month to complete an order valued at approximately $ 14.4 million.

The Woodlands Township funded the coaches through a competitive Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) grant for the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) awarded through the Houston-Galveston Area Council, the regional Metropolitan Planning Organization.

The MCI Commuter Coach, based on the best-selling D-Series model, is the preferred vehicle on long-distance express routes because of its fuel efficiency, passenger................   READ MORE>

 
 

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  Bellwether Report Looks at Changing Landscape of School Busing
   

From School Transportation News:

While recognizing the unparalleled safety record of yellow school buses, Bellwether Education Partners sponsored a panel discussion this month in the nation’s capital to discuss if evolution of the school bus industry can continue through increased collaboration with metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs)

Bellwether Education Partners focuses on all aspects of education by engaging in research, developing case studies, issuing blogs and other publications and advising education organizations on strategic and operational issues. The organization invited a “broad range” of professionals engaged in education or transportation policy for the event on May 2 at Washington, D.C.’s Union Station. The participants included special educators, state and school district representatives, Capitol Hill staffers, school bus practitioners and policy analysts.

While recognizing the unparalleled safety record of yellow school buses, Bellwether Education Partners sponsored a panel discussion this month in the nation’s capital to discuss if evolution of the school bus industry can continue through increased collaboration with metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs)

In recent years, Bellwether staff has published reports on early childhood education,  politics of education policy at the state, school district and rural levels, education transition policies for incarcerated students, charter schools and more. The panel discussion coincided with the release of a 72-page report on the school busing written by Phillip Burgoyne-Allen and Jennifer O’Neal Schiess.

Titled, “Miles to Go: Bringing School Transportation into the 21st Century,” the authors wrote: “The dominant yellow bus transportation system is designed to serve a ‘traditional district,’ where students attend centrally located neighborhood schools. But more and more districts are offering families the option to choose from among public schools regardless of their geographic proximity to home...The transportation needs of students who are now crossing town versus crossing the street to attend school are changing the way these districts must think about and deliver school transportation.”

“We did not suggest another body should take over school transportation,” Schiess added, “but there may be opportunities to look at school transportation from a different point of view. We wanted to get that conversation going.”

The paper also highlighted that school buses are "unequivocally" the safest option available to students in getting to and from school. But it recognized the location and cost of providing service, and where service quality was low.

Advisors to the year-long project included a cross section of public school and contractor transportation officials. Panelists included Cindy Stuart, a Florida school board member and voting member of the Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization; Mike Hughes, the assistant director of transportation at Boston Public Schools; Joel Weaver, a director and principal at Chief Tahgee Elementary Academy Shoshoni Language immersion charter school in southeast Idaho; and Kristin Blagg, a research associate at the Urban Institute.

The comprehensive report examines the organization of school bus transportation nationwide, the effect of vehicle and emission regulations, the environmental impact of school buses, the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, special needs, tripper service, school bus safety and more.

The report cites educational trends affecting the provision of school bus transportation service. Among  the growing popularity of school choice and charter schools in K-12 education, the report states, “...there are now over 6,000 charter schools (with) nearly 3 million students nationwide.”

Technological trends from the automotive field impacting school transportation include an estimate of 4 million hybrid electric cars on U.S. roads,. These include the burgeoning popularity of personal transportation offered by companies such as Uber and Lyft, and automobile manufacturers now offering self-driving/parking with automatic braking that come “right around the corner.”

Because of the changing education and transportation landscape nationwide, the authors suggest school districts should consider services offered by regional transportation entities......................  READ MORE>

 
 
 

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