20.04 April 2020

Oregon Intrastate ruleset now available

Last year, EROAD rolled out our first Intrastate ruleset of FMCSA exemptions and exceptions for Texas.

This was a mammoth effort that involved a large number of changes behind-the-scenes, but now EROAD can take advantage of that work and roll out state-specific rulesets.

We're starting with our head office home state: Oregon.

Drivers can download Oregon (and Texas) Intrastate checklists here.


Leaderboard Refinements coming soon

In the late Spring of 2020, EROAD is going to make a few refinements in the way we calculate certain key driving and behavioral metrics in Leaderboard. Maintaining consistency with data is important, which is why this decision wasn't made lightly.

We listened to a large number of customers that use Leaderboard to help train and maintain high safety standards in their fleets. We also conducted our own research on Leaderboard data, and shifting trends in road design and urban planning. 

We determined the changes being made will allow our customers and drivers to reach for even higher safety standards while also allowing for more objectivity on how the data is being recorded.

What are the changes?

  1. There will be more objective penalties for speeding events that occur in developed (residential/business) areas (i.e. speeding in 15mph zones).
  2. There will be a more objective ranking of urban/residential driving versus out of town interstate/freeway driving.
    • Example: One driver travels at 30mph on a 20mph residential road, while another travels at 85mph on a 75mph freeway (as it is now, Leaderboard considers the impact of these events as similar in significance).
  3. There will be more objective rankings for drivers who have a smaller number of speeding events over a 28 day ranking period (i.e. higher weightings for the number of events).
  • This change corrects a calculation using speed averages. Previously, two drivers in a month could both have great months, although both drivers could have a speed event of traveling at 85mph in a 75mph freeway. But if driver A also had one or two smaller speed events – traveling at 30mph in a 20mph zone, for example – driver A would be inappropriately seen as being 'better', as the average of Driver A's speed events is lower.

How will the changes affect my drivers?

Drivers may see a change (either up or down), with their star rating as well as with their individual ranking within your organization. 

To prepare your drivers, make sure to let them know that the changes are coming. Train them to always stay under the speed limit, paying special attention to areas that are shared with pedestrians and cyclists. 

Also, pay special attention to drivers who have routes in 15mph zones, have recently had their routes changed (may not be aware of the different speed transition zones), and drivers who have historically had speed events in non-populated/rural locations.

Other helpful data

Carriers that wish to see the details behind the improved overspeed data in the Leaderboard are encouraged to use the Overspeed Dashboard Report.

This report will let you select a truck or driver to view specific overspeed instances by date range or other custom settings. By clicking on the Overspeed Dashboard’s horizontal bar icons, users are able to see the date, time and location of each individual overspeed event.

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This report also includes a link to Google Earth if you’d like more details on an overspeed location.

By utilizing this report, you will be able to see if an overspeed event occurred on a freeway/interstate, business district, residential district, school zone, etc. This data can be exported by clicking on the Tools icon in the report, which permits the report to be emailed or printed off as a CSV or PDF file. Carriers that utilize this data in coaching sessions with drivers have reported improved driver feedback when specific data points are available in addition to the information contained on their Leaderboard profile.


Event Frequency Determination Severity Determination
Over Speed - Exceeding posted speed limits Number of Over Speed Events per distance traveled
  • Vehicle speed
  • Difference of vehicle speed and speed limit
  • Severity increase with speed

Harsh Braking

A deceleration event that exerts

  • 0.37 G-force on a heavy vehicle, OR
  • 0.4 on a light vehicle.

The driver feels noticeable forward movement during this event, and an unrestrained vehicle load moves forward.

Number of harsh braking events per distance traveled Harsh braking at high speed generates greater G-force and produces an event of greater severity than harsh braking at low speed

Sharp Acceleration - warning lights:

An acceleration event that exerts

  • 0.35 g-force on a heavy vehicle, OR
  • 0.42 on a light vehicle.

The driver is thrust backward into the seat, and an unrestrained vehicle load moves backward.

Number of Sharp Acceleration Events per distance traveled  


* Benchmarks are subject to periodic reviews to accurately reflect up-to-date performance of the EROAD driving population; any adjustments and changes that may affect your drivers' Star Rating will be communicated prior to the changes going live. Current Leaderboard benchmarks will be replaced in Spring 2020. 

Research and References https://www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/speeding