Facts About ELD’s
As a result of new regulations ELDs, short for electronic logging devices area hot topic in the trucking industry, as a result of new regulations. Here are a few interesting facts you might not know.
ELDs Provide An Electronic Solution
Professional truck drivers and commercial motor carriers use ELDs. They are an electronic solution to track Hours of Service (HOS), along with performance statistics. As a result of the information collected these devices make the job of monitoring duty status a breeze. The drivers no longer have to work with the paper logs, drawing tedious lines and remembering to make an entry. All that is done electronically and automatically by the logging device, as a result, hours of service recordkeeping is easy for the drivers. Professional drivers must keep a Record of Duty Status (RODS) and use an ELD to document their compliance with HOS rules. Before the implementation of ELDs professional truck drivers carried cumbersome paper logs to track their hours of service.
The new ELD rule defines specific performance specifications. By connecting directly to the truck’s engine, the ELD can collect performance and other information from the tractor. It tracks the motion of the tractor and automatically puts the driver on duty driving. When the truck is not moving the driver can select different status options, like on duty not driving, off duty, or sleeper birth are a few examples.
This handy device makes it easier for a driver to see their hours of service. The hours of duty status are visible on the display screen, so the driver can easily see his or her Record of Duty Status. They provide data in a format that is standardized and can transmit to law enforcement in several ways.
Hours of service compliance information is available here. www.omnitracs.com/products/hours-of-service.
The Cost of ELDs
Electronic logging devices range from $165 to $832. The most popular device run mid-range in the pricing table at about $415. Because of the savings over the course of a year, the unit will pay for that initial expense. The instrument continues to provide long-term savings to motor carriers and drivers. New technology is providing the convenience of running ELDs on some smartphones and tablets, consequently that makes it easier for the little guy to comply.
The ELD rule allows for the “grandfathering” of current E-log devices to meet the proposed rule. Read more about this at https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/faq/what-grandfathered-automatic-onboard-recording-device-aobrd Drivers and companies that have invested in E-logs before December 2015 may continue to use those devices until December 2019.
How Can ELDs Save Truck Drivers Time And Money?
Information on cost savings is available on this website from the FMCSA. www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=FMCSA-2010-0167-0479 , Paperwork savings per driver per year are estimated to include:
- Driver Filling RODS: $487
- Driver Submitting RODS: $56
- Clerk Filing RODS: $120
- Elimination of paper logs: $42
Beyond the paperwork savings:
- Decreased Fuel Costs: Incentive programs for truck drivers help increase fuel efficiency. Ultimately monitoring excessive truck idle times and speeding events done by the ELD also increase fuel efficiency.
- Reduced Truck Downtime: System users can see reduced vehicle downtime of 15% and improved vehicle utilization.
- Lowering Total Crash Rates: As compared to trucks not equipped with electronic logs, drivers using E-Logs have a significantly lower crash rate. Statistics also show these tractors have a substantially lower preventable crash rate.
- Regulatory Compliance: As a result of complying with the ELD Mandate it can make other regulations easily satisfied. Most noteworthy, Driver Vehicle Inspection Reports and IFTA.
Here at Werner’s, we have adapted to the ELDs sufficiently. We can verify that using ELD’s has simplified many processes and further has become a necessity within our company. If you would like to join our team, please contact us.