ELDs offer truck drivers, fleet managers, and dispatchers many benefits beyond facilitating compliance with FMCSA rules. While the initial investment and learning curve may seem steep, they help you achieve a high ROI in the long run. With robust reporting on data like idling time and harsh driving events, you can optimize routes, reduce fuel costs, and coach drivers to improve performance.
As a construction contractor, you likely place a lot of importance on managing your fleet of heavy equipment. This includes haul trucks, fuel trucks, and maintenance vehicles. In addition to this, you must also ensure that truck drivers are safe and productive on the job. This is where electronic logging devices (ELDs) come in. While some truck drivers and traditional carriers view these devices as government overreach, they have the potential to catalyze an industry-wide digital transformation.
ELDs are hardware and software solutions internally connected to CMV engines that record HOS data in or near real-time. This information is then transmitted to a back office system for accessibility by dispatchers, analysts, and fleet managers. Whether you’re an owner-operator or run a large fleet, ELDs make your operations easier by automating compliance tasks. This allows for better utilization of resources and higher profitability. It also reduces paperwork and operational costs, leading to lower insurance premiums.
Reduced Idling Time
Tackling idling time isn’t just a cost-saving strategy – it’s a sign of a fleet’s environmental consciousness and commitment to sustainability. Telematics helps fleet managers ascertain how much fuel drivers are wasting while idling so they can create incentives for drivers to reduce wasted time. ELD devices synchronize with a vehicle engine to record driving hours and other information automatically. This enables fleets to comply with the FMCSA’s Hours of Service (HOS) rule and eliminates the need for paper logbooks.
Modern ELD devices can also transfer data to a GPS tracker to monitor driver safety and location. Fleets in trucking, passenger transit, food and beverage, local government, construction, and other industries all find that implementing an ELD improves safety, efficiency, and productivity. Learn more about how Samsara’s electronic logging device can benefit your business, and request a demo to see the benefits for yourself.
ELDs are DOT-certified electronic hardware plugged into a freight vehicle’s onboard diagnostics (OBD) port to automatically record data related to the engine, driving hours, miles driven, location, and more. They provide truck drivers, fleet managers, and compliance officers with real-time information about freight operations, simplifying inspections, supporting trip planning, boosting safety, and ensuring compliance with hours-of-service regulations. The ELD mandate, known as the MAP-21 regulation, requires most commercial motor vehicle (CMV) operators to use ELD devices. The technology reduces paperwork, boosts productivity, and stops renegade truckers from cheating the system.
While some trucks and carriers have continued to use manual processes like paper logbooks, implementing ELDs has been a significant shift for the industry. This shift has made it easier for fleets to keep trucks moving and customers happy while reducing industry paperwork and allowing law enforcement officials to focus on more serious violations. Moreover, it’s an excellent tool for improving business profitability and competitiveness.
Increased Customer Satisfaction
Before ELDs, truck drivers had to manage paper logbooks prone to human error, making it difficult to comply with Hours of Service (HOS) regulations. This time-consuming and tedious process was counterproductive and lowered productivity. However, truckers can streamline their operations and achieve higher efficiency and productivity thanks to the FMCSA’s ELD mandate requiring commercial motor vehicles to incorporate an ELD. Besides ensuring compliance with HOS requirements, an ELD can also help fleet managers track load information, driver performance, and vehicle data to make smarter decisions about freight matching and optimization of routes. When evaluating ELD solutions, look for intuitive and easy software so drivers and fleet managers can quickly get up and running.