Say goodbye to using the paper logbooks for tracking Hours of Service (HOS). Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is publishing final rule of ELD mandate, most likely on November 30th. After all delays, it’s really happening this time.
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It’s a major change in transport regulation and you need to get yourself ready for it. Lose all confusion and break the myths about ELD mandate.
Therefore, I’m going to answer to what ELD is, how will effect your business and clear all the buzz around it.
It’s an electronic solution for professional truck drivers and commercial motor carriers to track Hours of Service – HOS compliance.
The new ELD have to:
All CDL drivers, required to keep a RODS (also called HOS reports), will have to use it by 2017. There are around 3 million vehicles in this category, and 3.4 million drivers.
Those with previously installed electronic solutions will have additional two years (until late 2019).
Peoplenet shared infographic about ELD Mandate’s Progression Timeline.
Note that this infographic was created before the date of FMCSA final rule publication, was set for November 30th 2015.
Presumably you are doing interstate commerce, you are obliged to HOS compliance if your vehicle:
Even if you are exempt, there is a big chance that you will interact with ELD technology, because most drivers will use it.
To reduce paperwork, fleets are using automatic on-board recording devices (AOBRD). These devices are under standards and rules, that are among several ELD mandate predecessors. One of them is FMCSA’s rule 395.15, that requires to record:
Additionally, driver is obliged to present AOBRD display information for the past seven days and for the current day.
As mentioned earlier, if you have already installed e-logs, you will have time until late 2019 to implement ELD.
Should I wait until 2019?
If you already have AOBRD, it seems obvious to wait couple more years and then get ELD. However, you will lose time to get along with new technology, and to get prepared before the deadline. Also, it won’t take too long to feel the benefits of ELD.
Using electronic logs results in accurate and fast HOS recording. This way, the drivers get reminded of mandated requirements, which avoids possible violations. Exactly how big saving we are talking about, you can see this HOS clock:
It’s expected that annual costs of electronic logging devices variates from $165 to $832, with average costs of $495 per truck. Still, there is no doubt that more affordable models, specialized for ELD mandate, will be introduced soon.
What’s more, smartphones and tables can be used as long as the system meets ELD requirements. Important: smartphone alone doesn’t meet ELD standards. The device have to be integrally synchronized with the engine.
Advantage doesn’t lay just in the fact that mobile devices will reduce costs comparing to fixed hardware, but also in powerful data analysis that you’ll have in mobile apps.
Now, take a look at some FMCSA predictions:
If you really want to dive into detail statistical data, you can download FMCSA evaluations here.
Implementation of ELD effects the ROI in several ways:
Still not convinced?
Use this remarkable ELD ROI Calculator to find about your own savings.
At this point, I’m sure you realized that benefits are a great deal higher than costs.
It’s not all about cutting costs and making more efficient system. The drivers will also feel the difference. ELD is going to make driver’s life better in many ways, including:
It’s claimed that fleets with implemented e-logs, are saving 15 minutes per day. When you put this in big numbers, you’ll get the idea how big this saving is.
A driver will interact on the road
Not at all. Whenever the truck is in motion, ELD is updating the drivers status. There are only useful time alerts about the reaching a HOS limits.
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