ALLENTOWN, Pa. (July 2, 2013) — Continental Commercial Vehicles & Aftermarket has upgraded the software for its VDO RoadLog Electronic On Board Recorder (EOBR).
The move is in time to meet the July 1 compliance deadline set by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) for Hours of Service (HOS) regulations, Conti said.
The VDO RoadLog EOBR is designed to offer fleets and independent operators a simple, all-in-one solution for daily log book and other compliance reporting, according to Conti. The complete regulatory compliance system allows carriers and drivers to protect their Compliance, Safety, Accountability program scores, so they can qualify for profitable loads and lower insurance rates.
The upgrades to the system, Conti said, address changes made to regulations governing "limitations on minimum," "34-hour restarts" and "rest breaks." According to Alex Capelle, segment leader, tachograph, telematics and services, for Conti, the VDO RoadLog is easily updatable.
"We are ready for the HOS changes. Our VDO RoadLog EOBR was designed to be flexible and easily software updatable in anticipation of HOS changes and new DOT compliance requirements. It can readily accept these rule changes."
All current RoadLog customers have received the free software updates, which Mr. Capelle called "automatic and seamless as soon as the customer accepts the software deployment."
According to Conti, VDO RoadLog requires no monthly fees, long-term contracts or smartphone usage. The tool features a built-in printer that creates an instant paper report of daily log book data. Automated HOS logs are delivered with GPS accuracy, Conti said.
Other features include four categories for tracking the driver's time (on-duty, driving, sleeper berth and off-duty); access to other compliance data, such as vehicle inspection and repair maintenance; a warning when allowable limits are in danger of being exceeded; and the ability to download trip data to a USB drive.
The RoadLog can be installed in as little as 15 minutes, Conti said, and is supported by a library of how-to and training videos covering a wide range of topics. All videos are available online at the VDO website.