Tips to Get Prepared for the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) Rule

6 Feb 2017

Most fleet operators have less than one year remaining to become compliant with the electronic logging device (ELD) rule established by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Because the rule is set to take effect in December 18, 2017, now is the time to begin making the transition, installing the equipment, and getting your trucks compliant. These tips will help.

Get the Facts

It isn’t always easy to separate fact from fiction when new rules such as these go into place. The best place to go for compliance information is often directly to the source. One thing that is important to know is that Automatic On-Board Recording Devices (AOBRDs) are not the same thing as ELDs. If your fleet is currently using AOBRDs in an effort to reduce paperwork and the challenges that can generate, you will have additional time, until December 16, 2019, to achieve compliance, though there is no reason to delay.

Why ELDs?

The fact that ELDs can be synchronized with the trucks engine to capture all driving segments is critical to the accurate recording of driver information. This protects drivers from undue pressure to drive unlogged hours and reduces risks that drivers are putting their safety and the safety of others on the road at risk, by driving while overly tired. The fact that ELDs electronically record and track driver information provides a log that is reliable and difficult for organizations to tamper with in order to circumvent safety rules that are put into place under current laws.

Another benefit to fleet owners and managers is that the information that is recorded in these logs can be transmitted, in real time, so that everyone knows exactly what is going on in the field. This reduces paperwork for drivers and administrators, keeps dispatched up to date regarding the status of drivers and their loads, and reduces the distasteful act of logging miles and hours by hand for drivers (and administrators from chasing down these papers each and every time).

Is GPS Tracking Necessary for ELD Compliance?

While there is no technical rule requiring GPS fleet tracking systems like those we offer here at LiveView GPS, these systems make compliance easy by offering automated and accurate location information according to GPS coordinates and can be easily integrated and adapted to meet the needs of various organizations. Plus, you can enjoy great savings on things like fuel costs, insurance costs, labor costs, and more by using GPS tracking services wisely in combination with its function as an ELD which also reduces and enhances paperwork – saving you even more time and money.

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