When is this change coming?
We expect this update to be available on all customers' tablets by the end of January 2020. There will not be any visible change in the driver's interaction with the tablet. We recommend updating Ground Traffic Control with the below information as soon as possible to prevent poor driver experience.
Zonar is changing how its Short Haul ruleset works to be more in line with FMCSA regulation and with what customers expect from Zonar ELD. This article describes the changes being made and what is necessary on the user end to accommodate these changes.
Short Haul Changes
The Short Haul ruleset (or 100 air mile ruleset) currently requires not only that a driver must stay within 100 miles of their starting location, but also that a driver must start and stop their day in the same location. If the stopping location is different from the starting location, the ruleset no longer applies and the driver's logs for that day are re-interpreted using the standard interstate ruleset which lacks the short haul exemptions. This occurs even if the stopping location is within 100 air miles of the starting location.
Instead of defining a 100 air mile radius around the driver's starting location, the Short Haul ruleset now defines the radius around the driver's home location. The driver may start and stop anywhere they like so long as they remain within 100 air miles of their home location.
If the driver leaves that 100 air mile radius, their logs revert to the standard interstate ruleset as normal. This occurs even if the driver drives a very short distance; for example, if the driver is 99 miles away from their home location and travels 2 miles further, they are no longer eligible to use the short haul ruleset for that day.
A driver's home location is determined by the Location they are assigned to in Ground Traffic Control. The Location can be viewed by hovering over Manage, then selecting Drivers in the Drivers column. You can change the driver's assigned Location by clicking the pencil icon to edit their information.
To set Locations for your fleet, hover over Manage, then select Locations in the System Settings column.
From here, you can:
- Add a new location;
- Edit an existing location.
See Admin Locations for more information regarding setting up a Location.
Once you click either Add or Edit, you can enter the address. This address serves as the central point of the 100 air mile radius area.
- Enter the address.
- Click Verify Address. Ground Traffic Control geocodes the address and determines whether it is a valid location or not. When successful, the page displays Verified next to the Verify Address button.
A street address is not required, only city and state, but the 100 air mile radius will be calculated from the center of that city. This may not your operation's needs, so we recommend being as precise as possible.
- Click Update to save the Location information.
Drivers cannot use the Short Haul ruleset if an address has not been specified for their assigned location.
If drivers for your fleet operate out of different home locations, you must have those different home locations defined in Ground Traffic Control. When a driver transfers from one location to another, you must update their Location in Manage Drivers as shown above or else they are unable to use Short Haul in the new location.
For example, if a driver's location is set to an address in southern California but they move to northern California and operate from there, they cannot use Short Haul exemptions until their dispatcher updates their driver profile accordingly.