Commercial fleet managers or owners are now required to have ELD compliant devices fitted on every truck in their fleet as per the 18th December 2017 ELD Mandate requirements introduced by the FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration).
Before choosing an ELD compliance device, it is important that you consider a few important factors that play a huge role in determining the suitability of your choice to the task at hand. Use the tips listed below as a guide to the right ELD device that offers more than just simple compliance to the new rules.
Of course, the first thing that you should look for in an ELD device is compliance to the new ELD Mandate rules. First and foremost, be sure to only consider devices listed on the FMCSA list of compliant devices as featured on its website.
It is also important for you to take the time to familiarize yourself with the required functionality of compliant devices as per the provisions of the new rules. Compare these requirements with the supported functions of each ELD device under consideration.
Although some legacy devices may be upgraded to function like ELD devices, it’s recommended that you avoid going this route; only consider devices solely designed to facilitate ELD compliance as they are best suited to deliver on the primary functions.
Ease Of Use
The best ELD compliant devices should be easy to use from the get go. Drivers should be able to install the devices effortlessly, and in the least time possible. This means that the use of the device should not be a hindrance, in any way whatsoever, when it comes to fleet management or vehicle operation.
Easy to use devices also come with the benefit of minimal or zero user training requirements and/or costs. Simple intuitive controls can go a long way in ensuring that the adoption of the technology is seamless for all involved.
In practice, signing in, entering the necessary information and even making corrections or notes on the devices should be easy and simple. The best devices also make for easy, secure and fast sharing of information especially during road side stops made by law enforcement officials.
The cost of an ELD device is more than the initial cost. Associated training costs, and the time lost before it can be fully integrated into your fleet should also count toward the technology’s total acquisition cost. With this in mind, the cheapest device on offer may turn out to be quite costly in the long run.
When it comes to choosing the best ELD compliance devices, it’s important to remember that compliance should not be your only goal. These devices can be used to achieve a host of other important fleet management goals. These include keeping up with the vehicle maintenance schedule and monitoring driver performance among others.
Since the ELD Mandate rules are to be implemented fully by December 2019, it’s also important to consider whether the devices under consideration can support extra functions that may be required under any future additions to the existing rules.
Mobilizz has been in the business of helping fleet managers and/or owners solve fleet related problems for over one and a half decades; ELD compliance is just another problem that they consider themselves more than capable of helping you deal with.