There is a lot of confusion about the law coming down from the FMCSA, and transportation organizations have only until December 2017 to comply with the new regulations. But what is the ELD Mandate precisely, and what does it mean for commercial motor carriers and truck drivers?
The Benefits of Using an ELD
Besides the obvious of staying in compliance with the ELD Mandate (and avoiding the hefty fine that come from violations), there are some significant benefits afforded those who use an ELD.
Mechanic visibility into key engine factors and Driver Vehicle Inspection Reports (DVIRs) allow for proactive maintenance.
ELDs virtually eliminate Compliance, Safety, and Accountability (CSA) violations, as driver logs are always accurate and current. The company's scores improve and remain high, eliminating violations and any associated fines.
Shippers and brokers want to work with companies with ELDs installed.
Instead of drivers rounding their time to the nearest 15-minute mark, ELDs track commercial motor vehicle operators' time to the nearest minute—affording drivers more availability and more opportunity to earn money.
Keeping drivers, carriers, and freight brokers (3PLs) all in-the-know is the key to success in today’s cloud-centric fleet. By leveraging the data captured by a powerful ELD and combining it with an intelligent fleet management system, all players have visibility into their pieces of the transportation puzzle.
Will your ELD do enough for your organization?
Not all Electronic Logging Devices are the same. At a minimum, they need to comply with FMCSA regulations. But to make a difference to the bottom line—with transparency into vehicle activity and fleet operations—an ELD needs to offer more than just Hours of Service (HOS) tracking and compliance.
- FMCSA registered and certified
- Restricted driving hours, easy status changes, HOS rule setting, real-time violation alerts
- RODS report for inspector. Data stored online over six months
- Connect to the ECM with full heavy-duty truck compatibility
- Wired installation in under 10 minutes without a technician. Hidden install to allow the OBD-II port to remain open (Bluetooth is great for mobile phone headsets, but do you really want your data hackable?)
- Reliable telematics network (3G), high-security wireless communication, data storage and recovery over non-coverage areas
- No special device required. HOS driver app for Android and iOS
- Pre- and post-DVIR report
- Easily swap vehicles between drivers
- Voice guidance for RODS, DVIR reminders, and HOS notifications.
- 10-second GPS tracking with live traffic
- Live engine diagnostics and eLog for maintenance
- Parent/child accounts hierarchy
- Unlimited geofences with visit and transit records
- Fuel consumption and waste analysis, based on actual usage—location, time, driver activity
- Tracking ID service for the end-customer thru email—with ETA and live vehicle location update