Terminal Timezone

Logbooks could be complicated if time zones were observed when recording start and stop time, so regulations ask that logbooks are kept in the Terminal Timezone. A freight carrier with the main terminal in the Central Timezone should have drivers keeping time always in Central Time. Even after that driver crosses into Mountain Time, they should continue to record their Hours of Service in Central Time. A simple world clock application on a smart phone can assist a driver, as would a wrist watch set to Central Time.

Human Capital Management

Human Capital Management, wetware, workforce, employees, many spiffy bits of jargon to describe Human Resources activities and record keeping. HCM seeks to answer questions about the employee base so that management can make strategic decisions deploying resources to maximize profits.

Employees need to be categorized. Office vs. Production, Drivers vs. Helpers, etc. HCM departments may further facilitate the process of hiring, retention and separation.

Dropbox

Companies use Dropbox.com to store from 10 gigabytes on the free plan to a terabyte or more on paid plans instead of operating expensive raid arrays. Even with a raid array in the computer room, flood fire or other disaster could wipe out the entire contents and backups of a raid array.

Dropbox uses a network of datacenters to manage storage and backups. The Windows Dropbox client is just as easy to use as any mapped drive. Dropbox for IOS and Android allow mobile devices to automatically sync video and pictures from phones and tablets to the corporate Dropbox data storage.

But for storing documents, Dropbox can be just as disorganized as a mapped drive. Wyn Rocket solves this by managing the upload and directory processes. Premium professional Dropbox users can even use protected directories to store Human Capital data out of sight of other corporate users.

The folder for an employee can contain just their application or photo, or a myriad of licensing and qualification documents scanned and uploaded through WRbil.com and are readily available outside of WRbil to those with folder permissions as defined in Dropbox.

WRbil.com acts as an app in its own application directory that is indexed according to our pre-determined set of rules. Once you use WRbil.com to organize your Human Resources Dropbox.com document storage, you will rarely want to use Dropbox.com directly because WRbil is so nimble and intuitive.

Naive phone numbers and internationalization

Phone numbers should be entered as digits, and maybe sometimes a + sign if a country code needs to be used.

A naive phone number in the United States is stored as 2025551212 and formatted as (202) 555-1212.

Internationalization of a naive phone number is achieved by adding the company naive phone number prefix to the phone number, i.e. 2025551212 becomes +12025551212.

All phone numbers can be entered either as naive or international, if the phone number is entered with the plus sign and the country code, it is stored as an international phone number.

For example, most companies in WRbil are US companies, but, for example, Airbus in Toulouse has the internal number  +33561933333, and the formatted number of +33 (561) 933-333

If the WRbil company were French, with a company naive phone number prefix of +33, the phone number could be entered as 561933333 which would be formatted as (561) 933-333

ELD Requirements, January 2016

ELD Requirements pursuant to the December 2015 FMCSA announcement absolutely no later than January 1, 2018 (or December 10, 2017, to be safe) with some older devices grandfathered until January 1, 2020 (December 10, 2019).

Is this the final FMCSA ruling on ELD’s?

Yes, this is final, immutable, never to be repealed and written in stone, unless things change.

Does the ELD replace paper DOT/FMCSA HOS (Hours of Service) logbooks?

Pretty much.

What do safety officials need to see in an ELD?

An ELD must be mounted to the dashboard, visible to the driver. It must have an instruction manual, although the manual can be electronic, i.e. the instructions can be read from the device itself. The driver must carry eight (8) days of empty logbook pages in the event of device malfunction.

Transmitting Data to Safety Officials – ELD will transmit in at least one ‘Primary’ and at least two ‘Backup’ formats. Primary include Web services, Bluetooth, Email and ‘Backup’ include USB 2.0, Scannable QR codes, TransferJet.

Email must be sent in a standard RFC 5322 Internet Message Format.

But note, in the real world, many Safety Officials will look at the HOS log on the screen of the device itself.

Safety officials will use every means possible to detect when a driver is lying, fudging or cheating, just as they always have, as is their duty.

Many ELD devices designed and put into service prior to the December 10, 2015 announcement are grandfathered until either December 10, 2017 or December 20, 2019 for the really cool ones (and depending on interpretation), paper logbooks are still legal after December 10, 2019, but only in the event of infrequent need or equipment malfunction.

Why would a really cool, new (but pre-2017) ELD still need to be replaced?

New requirements include specific xml formats, web services formats, formats that talk directly with the FMCSA website and database, logging with embedded GPS positioning data and logging with embedded hash codes that prevent tampering, to name a few, will probably require newer equipment. Anti-tampering kiosks are also a plus. Note that many of the anti-tampering requirements collide head on with the transmission requirements, e.g. USB 2.0.

Exceptions.

Timecard or Local Drivers. Short-Hauler, CDL drivers that operate within a 100 air-mile radius of the normal work reporting location or Non-CDL drivers operating within a 150 air-mile radius of their home depot are not required to install an ELD device.

Also, From the FMCSA website – https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/faq/there-exception-drivers-who-infrequently-use-records-duty-status-rods

Is there an exception to the requirement to use electronic logging devices (ELDs) for drivers who infrequently use records of duty status (RODS)?

An exception was made to provide relief for those drivers who use RODS infrequently (that is, no more than 8 days in any 30-day period). This includes those who only occasionally drive commercial vehicles, and short-haul drivers who use time cards rather than RODS.

What is difficult for the driver in this situation is that he is forced to prove a negative.

Finally, trucks built prior to 2000 may be exempt, partially exempt, or conditionally exempt. Which has nothing to do with RODS, so read the next section.

Data Collected

The ELD should collect some location data, but the FMCSA rule only requires a GPS accuracy of +/- one (1) mile.

Section 395.26 provides that the ELD automatically record the following data elements at certain intervals: date; time; location information; engine hours; vehicle miles; and identification information for the driver, the authenticated user, the vehicle, and the motor carrier. Unless the driver has indicated authorized personal use of the vehicle, those data elements are automatically recorded when the driver indicates a change of duty status or a change to a special driving category. When the driver logs into or out of the ELD, or there is a malfunction or data diagnostic event, the ELD records all the data elements except geographic location. When the engine is powered up or down, the ELD records all the data elements required by ยง395.26. When a CMV is in motion and the driver has not caused some kind of recording in the previous hour, the ELD will automatically record the data elements. However, if a record is made during a period when the driver has indicated authorized personal use, some elements will be left blank and location information will be logged with a resolution of only a single decimal point (approximately 10-mile radius). In addition to the information that the ELD record

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HR Database Hours of Service

Human capital management software or cloud applications never contain a simple hours of service display, until Wyn Rocket WRbil.com came along that is. Wyn Rocket will keep three weeks of time tickets on line and convert time to a hours of service display on demand.

software DOT Hours of Service

First we go to a selected employee and add timecards.

Make sure that employee is in a ‘driver’ category, and has a valid drivers license renewal date.

Then, all we have to do is bring up the employee and go to ‘Views’ -> HOS View and we see the employee’s time expressed as a Federal Motor Carrier (FMCSA) driver logbook page. https://www.youtube.com/embed/pq66r_WEw5c

PeRang

A PeRang is a Period Range, also known as session date ranges, most commonly the z (ZEE) axis range for the current year. For the first period of the current year the perang is January 1 to March 31, depending on fiscal year.

Bookkeepers often start their day on WRbil setting the z axis of their perang. If you are having trouble finding a certain type of periodic reporting capability, you probably forgot to set your z-perang.

Since their are more perangs than just the z axis, here is a chart to demonstrate the perangs that may need to be set.

z – Current Year
y – t minus one – usually last years corresponding period.
x – t minus two – usually two years agp corresponding period.
w – t minus three or sometimes the third column, as applies.
v – t minus four
u – t minus five
t – t minus siz
s – t minus seven
r – t minus eight