EAGAN, Minn. — The Dart Network, ATBS and Drivers Legal Plan are launching an education initiative and a website dedicated to preparing over-the-road professional drivers for the upcoming transition to electronic logging devices (ELDs). Through ELDLunchAndLearn.com, Dart, ATBS and Drivers Legal Plan have constructed a web-based platform featuring a variety of valuable resources focused on providing information that will allow professional drivers to prepare ahead of the December deadline for the federally-mandated implementation of ELDs.
The collaborative initiative will provide a hands-on, in-person educational program, which will take place twice a week at locations within the Dart Network. Beginning in mid-September and running through early December, Dart will host lunch-and-learn seminars designed to introduce professional drivers to electronic logging, providing the same of type of driver-friendly, hands-on experience that Dart utilized in transitioning its entire fleet, including more than 1,600 owner-operators, to electronic logging.
“As we looked at the atmosphere surrounding the implementation of the ELD mandate, it’s very much like the atmosphere that surrounded the implementation of the Commercial Driver’s License. Back in 1992, there were a lot of good people who saw CDL as a reason to consider leaving the industry,” said Russ Moore, the Vice President of Communications and Marketing for Dart. Mr. Moore has over 35 years of experience in the areas of safety and compliance. “Given all the discussion that has surrounded e-logs over the past couple of years, I’m of the belief that many good people behind the wheel today will see the ELD mandate as a reason to leave the industry. We don’t want to see that happen.
“With the help of ATBS and Drivers Legal Plan, we have come together to develop a program that provides an introduction to e-logging and hopefully ease some of the concerns that exist in the move from paper to electronic logs,” Mr. Moore added. “Dart is looking forward to working with professional drivers who make plans to attend the lunch-and-learn series at Dart Network operating centers in Minnesota and Texas. In addition to a good meal, drivers will get the same hands-on education we use every day to introduce people on the best ways to use e-logs. For those who are unable to join us for the in-person program, we’ve set up the ELDLunchAndLearn.com website as a resource for drivers preparing for the ELD implementation deadline in December.”
The time for the class runs approximately one hour, and members of Dart’s team will be prepared to answer questions from the class regarding e-logs. Following the class, participants will be served lunch with barbecue on the menu in Texas and catered sandwiches in Minnesota.
The current schedule calls for the lunch-and-learns to be held every Wednesday and Friday beginning with the first session on Wednesday, September 13, and the final session taking place on Friday, December 8. Dart will be holding one series of lunch-and-learns at the company’s headquarters in Eagan, Minnesota, while the other lunch-and-learn program will take place at a Dart Network’s operating center in Lancaster, Texas. The details on the sessions, including times, specific dates and other key onsite information, can be found at ELDLunchAndLearn.com.
The website also features a special podcast series that supports the educational effort of the overall program, providing an informational starting point that anticipates the implementation of the rule by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
“The podcast series is an important element in the outreach we want to offer through the overall program,” said Mr. Moore. “As we launched this initiative, we’ve worked to present helpful information through the ELDLunchAndLearn.com website, and the podcast series is filled with information that professional drivers will find helpful in making the switch from paper to e-logs. As we go forward with this program, we will have the ability to add new podcast segments to the series as well as fresh content to ELDLunchAndLearn.com. We want to do our part to help the industry prepare for this important transition.”