Benefits of the Mandate
The road to the passing of the FMCSA's ELD Mandate Final Rule hasn't exactly been smooth Ð in fact there have been plenty of bumps and obstacles. And this is why there is still so much uncertainty about the actual benefits of using electronic logging devices.
Fleet managers and owners and drivers of commercial vehicles across the country have also expressed concerns over the inconvenience of installing electronic logging devices as well as the high costs that could be involved.
But experts say there really isn't too much to worry about as for-hire and private motor carriers are set to reap countless rewards in the long run, making the initial inconvenience and cost worthwhile.
Here are just some of the biggest benefits:
It's an opportunity to operate more efficiently
ELDs will effectively increase productivity and reduce costs. Not only will automated logs save time for drivers and companies, but the real-time data collected can be used to boost driver and vehicle productivity, manage fuel usage, improve maintenance plans and improve customer service Ð all of which will mean fleets can operate more efficiently.
Thanks to the automated logging of real-time data, drivers won't have to fill out reams of paperwork to track their Hours of Service. Plus, with handwritten paper logs a thing of the past, dispatchers will no longer have to rely entirely on drivers to submit accurate, legible records.
Increased road safety
Various studies have been conducted over the past few years on the impact of electronic logging devices on road safety. Not only will ELDs ensure all commercial vehicles are properly maintained, they can also be used to track dangerous driver behavior like excessive driving speed, harsh braking and harsh acceleration.
Less down time, more drive time
Instead of spending precious hours filling out paper logbooks by hand, drivers of commercial motor vehicles spend can now spend that time driving. Vehicle inspections by traffic authorities will also be quicker thanks to automated records and digital logs, which once again means more time on the road.