On December 10, 2015, the FMCSA announced the long awaited decision regarding the required use of an electronic logging device to keep records of duty status. Now that the ELD mandate has been published, the next steps are to move toward compliance, right? Not necessarily.
For some carriers, the passing of the ELD Mandate means that they have two more years to comply, and they are going to wait until the very last minute. Other carriers are already using ELD technology to keep track of Hours of Service. We have identified three very important reasons why these carriers are not waiting, and you shouldn’t either.
Roll Out New Technology at Your Pace, Not the Government’s
Any new technology addition to your fleet takes time to implement. Implementation includes anything from finding the right product for your fleet to ensuring that your drivers are properly trained on how to use the product. Rushing to implement a new piece of technology in your fleet could result in wasting finical resources on the wrong product for your fleet, and even one that does not meet the ELD standard.
When investing in an ELD, it is important to understand all of the benefits beyond complying with the law. The law is simply a means of pushing commercial motor vehicle carriers to select a solution that will help them reduce the overall paperwork burden and improve safety. But, we know that ELDs offer so much more than a reduction in paperwork and an improvement to safety.
Start Building ROI Right Away
While the FMCSA recognizes that ELD technology can save an estimated $1.6 billion per year on paperwork alone across the industry, it does not account for other areas of cost savings.
With today’s ELD technology, you can monitor and record a full range of data about a vehicle and its driver that go far beyond compliance. With this enhanced knowledge about your fleet, you will be able to drive down fuel costs, boost productivity, and streamline driver communication. Not to mention the added convenience of digital Driver Vehicle Inspection Reports (DVIR) and IFTA automation.
Make Life Easier for You and Your Drivers
Maintaining paper duty status records is time consuming. It takes up your drivers’ time, it takes up your time and takes away from making sure shipments get where they are going. On top of that, paper logs are often hard to read, get lost and require additional work to interpret. Oh and, forget about correcting unsafe driving habits when the signs get lost in the data.
With ELD technology, all of these concerns are no longer an issue. Drivers can focus on driving and you can focus on managing your fleet.
The main take-away here is that the ELD Mandate is not reinventing the HOS compliance wheel. Its main goal is to make it easier for both motor carriers and drivers to maintain HOS compliance. Today, many drivers and fleets are already using automatic recording devices and are realizing the benefits.