ELD Reasons to move now
But upgrading your current systems or installing entirely new ELD systems isn't necessarily going to be a quick process, especially if you're managing an incredibly large fleet. This is why it's essential to start planning what you need to do to comply with the ELD Final Rule as soon as you can.
The first thing you need to do is familiarize yourself with the ELD Mandate timeline and what compliance will involve. You can do this by reading our earlier blog post: ELD Timeline explained
Understand that there will be a lot of operational changes that come with ELD compliance, so don't wait until the last minute to research exactly what devices will suit your fleet's needs and make sure you leave enough time to adequately train drivers and dispatchers on how to use these systems. Make sure you choose an ELD supplier that has been recommended by the FMCSA so that you don't end up spending a fortune on electronic logging devices that don't meet the requirements set out in the ELD Mandate Final Rule.
Besides getting a head start on compliance, early adoption of ELD technology will give your business early access to all the benefits of electronic logging devices. If chosen in conjunction with a fleet management system, these benefits will include improving driver safety and saving on fuel costs to reducing maintenance costs and avoiding breakdowns.