July 15, 2014 09:00 ET

BigRoad Applauds FMCSA Revised Guidance Concerning Records of Duty Status Generated by Tablets and Smartphones and Declares Victory for Drivers

WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - July 15, 2014) - The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's (FMCSA) newly revised guidance (49 CFR Part 295) concerning records of duty status (RODS) generated by logging software programs on laptop computers, tablets and smartphones is a major accomplishment by those drivers who pioneered the e-log concept says BigRoad, a leading provider of applications and services for truck and motor coach drivers. The updated guidance confirms that BigRoad's electronic logs are indeed official records of duty status under Federal Law.

"This is a huge victory for drivers who boldly took the road with our innovative smart phone technology for electronic logs and risked citations because of ambiguous regulations", says Terry Frey, co-founder and COO of BigRoad. "We salute all those early pioneers. They are the leaders in the movement of making modern day low cost mobile technology available to all drivers. We also extend our thanks to the FMCSA and the many officers and executives of various State DOTs, who listened to our concerns without exception. For almost a year we have worked directly with all of them, discussing - and resolving - driver complaints surrounding the interpretation of the regulation, ultimately leading to this FMCSA revised guidance. Together we have paved a road towards better compliance and as we all know, compliant drivers make for safer roads."

"The FMCSA's guidance recognizes the legitimate interest of the small fleets and owner operators who represent our membership," says David Owen, President, National Association of Small Trucking Companies (NASTC ). "This guidance will allow all of us to move off paper logs and adopt new low cost technology producing error-free electronic 'paperwork.' Crucially, it also makes verification easier for roadside enforcement officials, who are now permitted to accept the electronic logs as presented on a tablet or smartphone."

Diamond Coach is a nationwide leader in the entertainment industry segment and a BigRoad user, "We love the accuracy and instant reporting that comes with electronic logs, allowing us to uphold the high safety rating necessary in our business. However as daily users of electronic logs, our drivers suffered some unnecessary citations. We thank FMCSA officials for listening to, and addressing our concerns," says Sarah Beth Imperi, Director of Safety for Diamond Coach.

About BigRoad

Over 160,000 drivers have downloaded BigRoad on Google Play and Apple App Stores and nearly 1000 fleets are actively using BigRoad to manage their fleet every day. Since the product's release to market, the BigRoad app has quickly become the #1 trucker app for Android, iPhone and iPad. BigRoad's app is free for drivers , and the company's web-based solution for fleets is available for $15 per user/month.

The BigRoad team is comprised of transportation and logistics experts, committed to leading mobile technology innovation for the driver profession. For more information visit

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  • Ellyn Winters-Robinson
    Ignition Inc. (PR for BigRoad)
    M 519.574.2196