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How ELDs Can Help Your Trucking Company?

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In order to comply with federal regulations, truck drivers must record their duty status, mileage, and time. The ELD provides a simple way of recording all this information. In fact, the first time you log in to your ELD system with this device, it will automatically set up new drivers’

An electronic logging device is a specialized electronic device that connects to the vehicle’s engine and records driving hours. It is required by the Department of Transportation (DOT) for all commercial drivers to replace the paper logbook system that was used in the past. ELDs are required by the Department of Transportation (DOT) because they provide federal and state transportation officials with real-time information on driver hours and fuel efficiency. ELDs track the vehicle’s Engine Control Unit (ECU) and monitor vital driving data such as speed, engine temperature, and RPMs. They also provide up-to-date GPS location information to help prove compliance with DOT regulations.

Who Needs an ELD? 

This ELD is intended for use by Motor Carrier companies and drivers on commercial vehicles in North America. Under the new Electronic Logging Device (ELD) rule, carriers must equip drivers with electronic devices that capture their duty status when on duty and prevent them from being paid while traveling. 

 

ELD Help You Track Your Fleet

Electronic logging devices (ELDs) give trucking companies the ability to track the location of their trucks in real-time, helping them make driving schedules more efficient. A study recently found that ELDs cut down on drivers being double-booked and wasted time playing phone tag when finding drivers’ locations. Most ELDs integrate with dispatch software, allowing drivers to work with predetermined locations rather than try to find one on their own. These results can include better fleet productivity, less idling in yards and lot lines, better driver training, and fewer instances of accidents due to a lack of proper communication between drivers and dispatchers.

 

ELDs Eliminate Mistakes

Tracking your hours of service is tricky because you can make mistakes. Poor reporting from paper logs puts a trucking company at risk. An ELD automatically calculates and stores service hours for IFTA fuel tax reporting, driver-vehicle inspection reports, and more. It’s simple – the device is connected to a truck’s engine, so it can alert you of any performance or maintenance issues that might affect driving safety. But one more thing: It keeps you on the road, without unnecessary investigations or fines. With an ELD, you’re able to monitor and inspect your equipment for driver safety. At the same time, these trackers help ensure that your trucks are on the road, where they belong.

 

Your Trucks Can Log More Miles

There's no denying that ELDs can be a huge productivity and safety benefit for your trucking company. FMCSA estimates an annual cost per device of $495. But according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, "Truck drivers spend 50% more time performing surveillance than driver/operators in other industries" (DOT 2008). With less paperwork and administration and with GPS trucking that ELDs provide, your trucks should spend less time in the shops and at loading docks. In the long run, these efficiencies should generate more profits for your trucking company and help reduce expenses like insurance premiums, maintenance costs, and fuel usage...you get the point!



Get Hours of Service for Reviews

Use eLogs, ELDs, and more to keep records up-to-date and in compliance with hours of service regulations. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has strict requirements for driver qualification and logging, which can be difficult to maintain if you don’t have the right tools. US Compliance Services can help by providing hours of service review services that include: Incomplete Logbooks - we'll find any missing information, noncompliance, or inaccuracies in your logbooks so you can fix them. Confidentiality - We will not share your personal information with any third party or outside agency without your consent, nor will we send emails out to random customers requesting information about an incomplete logbook.

 

Benefits of ELDs for truckers

ELDs and the technology that goes with them can reduce paperwork, help the environment, and save truckers time. ELDs are one of the biggest concerns for trucking companies and fleet owners surveyed by ATRA, as well as drivers themselves.

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