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Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) to replace the paper log in commercial trucking

Client Computing | Posted on June 8, 2016

Trucks must be equipped with Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs)

In December 2015 the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced the adoption of a Final Rule to improve roadway safety for commercial truck drivers. All drivers are mandated to have trucks equipped with Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs), replacing the paper log books that many are accustom to. In February 2016, the Canadian Government followed suit, announcing that the Ministry of Transportation would have a similar mandate in coming months.

According to FMSCA, all drivers are now required to utilize the ELDs to identify themselves with a unique combination of a username and password at the beginning of the tour of duty. The ELD must automatically track Record of Duty Status (RODS) for the driver in the vehicle and summarize hours on duty and status changes for fleet compliance personnel and FMSCA officials during roadside inspections.

Although the mandate is specific to hours-of-service, there are a number of benefits to having these devices in all commercial trucks. In an industry where operating costs and thin margins are the norm, ELDs bring added efficiency to your operations and enhance the productivity of your drivers in the following ways:

  • Provide paperless Driver Vehicle Inspection Reports (DVIR) on-board
  • Generate exception reporting based on speed violations, relevant geofence crossing, failed vehicle inspections, and other parameters
  • Capture Vehicle Fault codes and report
  • Record accident data for reconstruction in post-accident investigation
  • Record driving information for driver performance and safety analysis
  • Report real-time vehicle location (AVL)
  • Capture miles driven in each state or province for IFTA reporting
  • Generate maintenance warnings based on company set intervals
  • Have continual communication with drivers, as well as real-time updates on deliveries, departures and arrivals without complication.

Devices that can handle real-world transportation challenges

Trucking and transport industries operated in demanding work conditions that allow little room for error. You need a device that is built to handle those conditions. Insert: rugged notebooks. For working environments outside the confines of four walls, rugged devices are the only answer. They are impact resistant and ready for all-weather conditions, are powerful and efficient, have best-in-class, real-time GPS location, a stable docking environment in vehicles and have long lasting batteries so they stay powered longer.

Adopted by thousands of companies across North America and around the globe, rugged tablet PCs have become essential to the transportation sector. Fleets have until December 2017 to implement certified ELDs and trucks already equipped with electronic logging technology will have until December 2019 to ensure compliance with the published specifications. Let Softchoice help!

Book a roadmap call with our in-house team to determine how to manage this transition. We will help you determine which Rugged device is right for you. Request a call here.

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