ELD Mandate Fact No. 15: Until the new rule is published, there is no such thing as a compliant ELD.
ELD Fact No. 16: In preparation for the ELDs passing, the FMCSA examined a number of similar HOS logging devices on the market and set a benchmark for what fleets can expect to pay on an annual basis.
ELD Mandate Fact No. 17: Something the new ELD requirements must address is the concerns that carriers could misuse the devices to harass truck drivers.
ELD Fact No. 18: A lot of the systems available for purchase have map and route solutions as well. This can help drivers avoid high-traffic areas and navigate around construction sites.
ELD Mandate Fact No. 19: Big truth is that many fleets are already seeing the benefits of ELDs.
ELD Mandate Fact No. 20: Even bigger truth is that the use of ELD can save driver time, by reducing paperwork.
ELD Mandate Fact No. 21: With the use of an ELD in a fleet, the truck dispatcher is always up-to-date on a driver’s status, letting them plan for loads better in light of HOS compliance needs.
ELD Mandate Fact No. 22: ELD is reducing the hassle of keeping a paper log.
ELD Mandate Fact No. 23: The people that switch to E-log never want to go back to the paper log.
ELD Mandate Fact No. 24: It is approved by the FMCSA that fleets that have installed AOBRDs at the time the final rule was enacted, can continue to use those devices until late 2019.
ELD Fact No. 25: To help address the start-up costs associated with some HOS compliance systems, it is ok for a fleet to use a Smartphone or tablet ELD, as long as they meet the FMCSA’s requirements.
ELD Fact No. 26: As an added benefit, with the overwhelming adoption of Smartphones, truck drivers find them easy to use and see them as a vital part of their everyday life on the road. On the subject of this, Smartphones are also a perfect fit for drivers looking for a solution that un-tether them from the cab.
ELD Mandate Fact No. 27: Even though there are big differences between the AOBRD, EOBR and ELD devices, they share a few things in common, like:
- They track a driver’s HOS electronically;
- They need to be “integrally synchronized” with a truck’s engine, making sure drive segments are captured;
- Most will pass data to a system where a fleet or safety manager can see e-logs on a near real-time basis.
ELD Mandate Fact No. 28: A lot of fleets will wait for the mandate deadline to implement electronic logging devices.
ELD Fact No. 29: It’s not good to wait until the compliance deadline to implement an ELD solution because by waiting, fleets will miss out on a number of immediate benefits.
ELD Mandate Fact No. 30: By letting drivers focus on driving instead of driver logs, you will make driver’s life easier.
ELD Mandate Fact No. 31: The ELD applies to over three million drivers on the road today.
ELD Mandate Fact No. 32: Some of the biggest side benefits to drivers using ELD are: increased efficiency as well as time and cost savings.
ELD Fact No. 33: The FMCSA finds that electronic logging devices ranged from an annualized price of $165 to $832, with the most popular device used today priced at $495/truck.
ELD Mandate Fact No. 34: With the introduction of ELDs that run on smartphones or tablets as opposed to fixed hardware, start-up costs can be reduced further.
ELD Fact No. 35: No matter the size of the business – from independent owner/operator to large national carrier – return on investment is realized almost immediately.
ELD Mandate Fact No. 36: These types of ELD solutions also offer the added benefit of untethering the device from the cab, allowing truck drivers to take advantage of powerful data analytics and other mobile apps anytime, anywhere.
ELD Mandate Fact No. 37: The FMCSA believes the total annual cost of ELD adoption will be $975 million, which includes all equipment for carriers and commercial truck inspectors, as well as inspector and driver training.
ELD Fact No. 38: To be fair to the business changes ELDs can impact, another $604 million was budgeted for “extra drivers and CMVs needed to ensure that no driver exceeds HOS limits.”
ELD Mandate Fact No. 39: All in, the net benefits of ELDs outweigh the costs with expected paperwork savings of over $1.6 billion annually, plus crash reduction costs of $395 million.
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ELD Mandate Fact No. 40: It should be noted that the mandate rule allows for the “grandfathering” of current E-log devices to meet the proposed rule.
ELD Mandate Fact No. 41: You may think of electronic logging devices as compliance tools, but did you know they can also dramatically improve your bottom line?
ELD Mandate Fact No. 42: The ELD will make the commercial truck driver’s life much easier by making them focus on driving instead of driver logs.
ELD Fact No. 43: They also estimate that the time commercial drivers spend filing or forwarding their RODS to carriers, which the agency estimates take five minutes and occur 25 times per year – eliminating two more hours a year.
ELD Mandate Fact No. 44: In short, that’s a potential 20+ hours of drive time wasted by filing and sending paper driver logs.
ELD Mandate Fact No. 45: If you are an owner/operator able to charge today’s rate of $1.92/mile for a dry van operation and driving 50 MPH, that’s $1,920 in lost revenue each year.
ELD Mandate Fact No. 46: While the math on accident reduction savings is trickier, the FMCSA did calculate an average safety benefit of $187 per long-haul ELD user and $126 per short-haul ELD user.