Tuesday, 5 December 2017

4 Things You Need to Know About the ELD Mandate

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The ELD mandate compliance deadline is December 18, and that will be here before you know it. There are 4 things you need to know about the EDL mandate no matter how you feel about it. The pending deadline gives you roughly two weeks to prepare your fleet. Although there is a minor chance that the mandate may get delayed, you should still be ready.

As the deadline ticks closer more and more protests are arising as the Anti-ELD Media Blitz gains steam online. However, with all the focus on ELD negatives, have you had the time to take a look at the potential benefits?

4 Things You Need to Know About the ELD Mandate

1. ELDs Reduce Paperwork

As your ELD device tracks and records your vehicle’s movement it reduces the amount of paperwork you have to handle. Instead of spending time doing your own paper log and sending it to your carrier, it will already be taken care of for you. They even record state line crossings for you.

Also, as a fleet owner if you handle your driver's paperwork you will be able to save tons of time. Because instead of manually processing this paperwork by hand it’s automatically processed and stored online for HOS compliance. This will free up a lot of hours and clerical work so you can focus on other aspects of your business.

2. ELDs Document Driver Safety

Unfortunately, in the event of a wreck, it can be easy for people to instantly blame the truck driver. However, with ELDs recording during critical events, like during a wreck, they actually can capture the driver’s driving behavior before, during, and after the event.

This will make it easier to declare fault in accidents by providing a way to reconstruct them. Also, this will help drivers and carriers reduce liability by giving them the ability to defend themselves in lawsuits.

3. ELDs Reduce Coercion

Sometimes a dispatcher or fleet manager will push a driver to keep on driving passed the HOS limit. This can create trouble for tired and exhausted drivers who simply need a break. While paper logs can easily be edited ELDs keep everything on record.

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If a driving log is edited the edit will be saved in the history and will include who made the edit. Plus, if a log is edited by a manager then the driver will have to verify the change. They have the power to accept or reject the edit. Ultimately, this gives drivers a voice and any coercion into driving extra hours will be recorded and reflected in the manager’s records.

4. ELDs Improve Routing and Communication

ELDs provide live tracking and live updates on a driver’s location, making check calls much easier. Plus, dispatchers will be able to provide more accurate ETAs without having to contact and distract the driver. The GPS tracking will also help fleet managers view and plan the fastest routes to save fuel and time.

If the driver breaks down dispatchers will be able to see where they are to help them find a nearby shop and to direct a tow truck or emergency personnel to their location.

What’s Your Stance?

Are you going to join the truckers protesting ELDs with their peaceful rallies and numerous anti-ELD posts on social media? Or do you see the potential benefits with ELDs? Either way, make your trucks and drivers are prepared to comply with the mandate.

Please share your thoughts about ELDs in the comment section below and visit TruckLogics.com for more trucking blogs.

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