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?
From our resident expert Samuel Mayfield, FMCSA Consultant, DOT Inspector, and Retired Police Officer — Samuel gives tips to minimize potential pitfalls when it comes to choosing an ELD provider:
- Avoid Bluetooth-only ELD options because a loss of connectivity can cause data to unknowingly disappear.
- Do not rely on price alone in making a decision. Instead, focus on the interface for drivers and fleet managers to ensure it is user friendly, and includes an easy-to-understand user manual. The more difficult to figure out the ELD device, the more frustrated [drivers] are going to get, and the more they will wish they didn’t have the device and won’t look for opportunities to improve.
- Make sure truckers cannot edit driving time on their own and all original records are retained
- ELDs must automatically track and report undocumented driving, such as if a trucker begins a shift without logging into the system
Have specific questions to your business or fleet? Join our next webinar and Ask Samuel Anything. It will be an interactive, live Q&A session where Samuel answers YOUR questions regarding the ELD Mandate. Register today — space is limited.