April 24, 2013
Today, the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration issued a policy memo that Commercial Mobile Radio Service (CMRS) Transponders are accepted as meeting the interpretation of transponder for core CVISN compliance under Section 4126 of SAFETEA – LU. First introduced by Drivewyze, through its product Drivewyze PreClear, CMRS Transponders in the electronic screening of commercial motor vehicles has quickly caught on within the trucking industry.
This means that mobile devices with a transceiver meeting the functional requirements laid out in the CVISN program document (4.2 or 4.3) are now eligible. In broad terms devices such as smartphones, tablets and Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) or any other devices meeting the functional requirements of a two way communication device are eligible.
“The FMCSA is views this as staying current with the rising technology demands of the trucking industry,” said Anne Ferro, Administrator for the FMCSA. “As it is FMCSA’s mission to ensure commercial vehicle safety we view these new technologies as a means to keeping agencies informed and drivers safe.”
States that could not access funds because of a lack of deployed traditional transponder systems will now have the ability to access up to $25 M in federal funding. Additionally, states that were concerned about losing federal funding if they abandoned traditional transponder programs for new services such as Drivewyze are now protected.
“Obviously this is great news for Drivewyze and its state partners, “stated Brian Heath President of Drivewyze Inc. “Drivewyze has always taken the stance that efficiencies to the CVISN program can be achieved by adopting CMRS transponders as an integral component to electronic screening process.”
Drivewyze works on a wide variety of tablets, smartphones and select ELDs, giving them transponder capability and eliminating the need for dedicated infrastructure at weigh station sites. Hands-free and compliant with federal and state distracted driving regulations, the service instructs drivers to either follow road signs and pull-in or bypass using simple visual and audible instructions allowing the driver time to safely maneuver the vehicle.
Drivewyze currently provides commercial vehicle bypass services in Connecticut, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Virginia, Vermont and West Virginia. Drivewyze PreClear also offers intrastate billing options in select states. For more information please visit www.drivewyze.com .