Today GeoSpace Labs is launching a new hours of service vertical product designed specifically for transporters of agriculture commodities who use FMCSA exemption 49 CFR 395.1(k).
Professional drivers and fleets who work under the 49 CFR 395.1(k) have had a difficult time using traditional hours of service products, as the exemption regulation is both sophisticated and complex.
Exemption status is based around the type of commodity being transported, federal agriculture definitions, state agriculture seasons, the location of the pickup and drop off, the sequence of transportation destinations, and a real-time translation of air miles to ground miles as the hauler moves from location to location.
GeoSpace Labs has created an agriculture specific version of its award-winning hours of service product, Geowiz, that completely automates the entire 49 CFR 395.1(k) process, creating clear hours of service logs to meet the requirements of Electronic Logging Devices (ELD), Automatic On-board Recording Devices (AOBRD), and GPS only electronic logbooks.
Further, the Geowiz HOS agriculture specific log book automatically fills in log notes, correctly logs hours inside the exemption and then reports as off duty, reconciles exempt driving so drivers do not have to explain exempt unassigned driving to inspectors or auditors, automatically starts recording hours of service when outside exempt areas, properly transmits only the non-exempt driving information to the FMCSA if required, and allows for agriculture exemption routing on maps so drivers can plan routes with full knowledge of where exemptions begin and end.
The HOS AG system is very easy to use and is one of the least expensive ELD system on the market, with a monthly fee of only $15, putting it at nearly half the cost of other, non-agriculture friendly systems.
If a driver is driving a vehicle exempt from the ELD requirements, the Geowiz AG APP can be used without a monthly fee as a GPS centric electronic logbook, with all the features and automations intact.