Trucking news and briefs for Thursday, April 30, 2020:
Continental discontinues RoadLog ELD
Continental announced it is discontinuing its RoadLog ELD product line “due to unforeseen market conditions and the dynamic requirements of the ELD business,” the company said in a statement.
The company will stop selling the devices and subscriptions to the RoadLog Office services on May 1. RoadLog devices and RoadLog Office access will be available for existing customers through Aug. 31, at which point the services will be shut down.
“During such time, we will also work to assist customers in their transition to an alternate ELD and fleet management system,” the company said.
Continental is collaborating with ELD provider KeepTruckin to provide a promotional offer to existing RoadLog users. More information on the sunset of the RoadLog program can be found here.
Michigan-based carrier footing bill to feed its drivers
Countryside Transportation, a family-owned fleet based in Sebewaing, Michigan, has come up with a way to feed its 70 drivers while at the same time helping independent local restaurants during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Owners Stephanie Long and her brother Joel Fiebig were finding that truck stops along the lanes they run in the Midwest and New York were closing or going to scaled-down, takeout-only menus.
To help solve the problem for their drivers, they arranged with local restaurants to make meals for their truckers. They started with a couple of eateries and now are working with 10 located in several communities in the primarily agricultural section of the state about 150 miles north of Detroit and perched on the shore of Saginaw Bay.
Each day drivers are sent a different restaurant’s menu. They call in their order, verify it with their fuel card ID, and the time they want to stop by to get their food, which usually is delivered to them in their trucks. Countryside then pays the tab.
Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association president passes
Kevin Stewart, president and CEO of the Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association, has died. The organization announced he passed away Tuesday, April 28.
“Kevin was a tremendous steward of the association for seven years, serving as the safety director for three years before taking over as president and CEO,” a notice on PMTA’s website said. “Kevin came to PMTA after a successful career with the Pennsylvania State Police and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Kevin’s knowledge and expertise have been invaluable to the association, and those attributes will be nearly impossible to replace. Kevin worked tirelessly to ensure that the needs of the membership were met and stood up for the industry with both our state and federal governments. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this difficult time.”