FMCSA revokes another ELD from registry

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Trucking news and briefs for Monday, Sept. 12, 2022:

FMCSA revokes ELDorado ELD from registry

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has removed the ELDorado ELD from its list of registered devices. Motor carriers and drivers who use the ELDorado ELD have 60 days to replace the revoked devices with compliant ELDs, a list of which can be found here

The FMCSA cited "the company’s failure to meet the minimum requirements established in 49 CFR part 395, subpart B, appendix A" as cause for revocation. That particular guidance requires ELDs without a printer to be designed so that “the display may be reasonably viewed by an authorized safety official without entering the commercial motor vehicle.” 

Operators who use the now-revoked ELDorado ELD ERS model must stop using the device and "revert to paper logs or logging software to record required hours of service data" and replace the device with a compliant ELD before November 7, 2022, or 60 days after the announcement. 

The FMCSA said it would put the ELDorado device back on the registered list if the company "corrects all identified deficiencies," but that it "strongly encourages" carriers and operators to drop the device. Failure to do so could result in a violation of 49 CFR 395.8(a)(1) — “No record of duty status” – and drivers will be placed out-of-service in accordance with the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) OOS Criteria.

Until November 7, the FMCSA said safety officials are encouraged not to cite drivers using ELDorado ELD for 395.8(a)(1) – “No ELD” or 395.22(a) – “Failed to use a registered ELD,” and that safety officials may "request the driver’s paper logs, logging software, or use the ELDorado ELD display as a back-up method to review the hours of service data."

The ELDorado ELD is the second to be revoked by FMCSA, as the ArionT ELD was revoked from the registry in June.

New 8-hour payment option added to Convoy digital brokerage

Digital brokerage Convoy is expanding its Convoy QuickPay service to allow eligible carriers to get payments delivered directly to their bank account within eight hours of load completion for a small fee.

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QuickPay originally launched in 2016 as a free, 48-hour payment option. With this expansion, carriers now have the flexibility to get paid within two days for free, or within eight hours for a 1.5% fee, directly through the Convoy app with no new contracts, specialized credit cards or new bank accounts to open.

Convoy also announced that during Truck Driver Appreciation Week (Sept. 12-16), the new eight-hour QuickPay option will be available at no fee.

“In a year when carriers have faced record fuel prices, inflation impacting the cost of parts and maintenance, and significantly lower rates per mile, our carriers told us they sometimes needed an even faster way to get paid than our existing and popular free, two-day option, and that they’d be willing to pay for it,” said Convoy co-founder and Carrier Experience Officer Grant Goodale. “Once this carrier need became clear, we were able to build a solution that flexibly addressed their key challenges.”

Convoy says every month, more than 75% of shipments hauled by carriers in its network are paid with the free, two-day QuickPay option.

Both QuickPay options are now available to every eligible carrier on any load hauled with Convoy. To qualify for QuickPay, carriers simply need to assign the driver to the load, have the driver turn on their location services for the Convoy app during the entire trip, and upload documents within 24 hours of delivery.

Paccar Parts opens new Louisville, Kentucky, distribution center

Paccar Parts’ new parts distribution center (PDC) in Louisville, Kentucky, is now fully operational.

The 260,000-square-foot facility increases parts availability for dealers and customers in the central, mid-Atlantic and southeastern regions of the U.S. and utilizes advanced technologies and innovation to increase operational efficiency, the company said. With next day delivery and the capacity to store more than 80,000 parts, the Louisville PDC will provide unparalleled service and delivery to support dealers and customers. 

“The Louisville PDC will use the latest technologies to reduce the time between order placement and delivery, allowing us to maximize uptime for customers,” said Tom Floyd, Paccar Parts senior director - Operations.

The distribution center is Paccar Parts’ 18th PDC, increasing global capacity to more than 3.4 million square feet of warehouse space. Each PDC is strategically located to provide industry-leading delivery times to more than 2,300 Kenworth, Peterbilt and DAF dealers and TRP retail locations worldwide. The PDCs utilize advanced technologies and innovation to increase operational efficiency, including stock-picking equipment with built-in weigh scales, voice-directed picking technology and an automated banding conveyance system to boost order fulfillment.