ELD Transition For Fleet Managers: What You Need To Know
With the FMCSA mandating that all companies and drivers transition to electronic log devices by December of 2019, many fleet managers are scrambling to make the electronic log transition. If you have found yourself in this position, having recently taken over fleet management for a fleet that's still using paper logs, here are a few things that you should know about electronic logs, their implementation, and their use:
Implementation Is Not Complex
Many fleet managers are hesitant to make the electronic log transition out of concern that the implementation process is going to be costly and time-consuming. While installing the log devices on the trucks does mean some downtime for each of your drivers, the installation process isn't going to take days on end to get done. Your drivers will be back on the road much faster than you would think, and there are options for log systems to meet almost any company's budget.
Electronic Logs Make Driver Monitoring Easier
One of the hardest parts of fleet management is being able to track where your drivers are at any time. Especially with larger fleets, this can be extremely difficult. When you implement electronic log systems, you will have real-time monitoring of each truck's location, simplifying the tracking and monitoring process.
In addition, electronic logs monitor far more than just location. You can also incorporate driving behavior monitoring. If you've ever been worried about how your drivers are representing your company on the road, this is a solution. Electronic log devices will record hard braking, hard acceleration, sharp turning, and other erratic or irresponsible driving behaviors. This may help you identify a problem driver before they become a safety hazard, and it also makes it easier to reward positive driving behavior with an incentive program.
Electronic Logs Can Save Your Company Money
If you have ever run into a situation where your company has been fined for a driver falsifying information on a paper log, you know how costly issues like these can be. When you integrate electronic logs for your fleet, you can eliminate the risk of these penalties.
Electronic logs are much harder to defeat because there are automatic overrides to mark a driver as on duty when the truck is moving above a certain speed. There are also other systems incorporated for tracking mileage, service hours, breaks, and the like.
It many mean that you notice some slight slow-downs in certain deliveries, particularly if you have a driver or two who have been pushing the envelope of the regulations. However, these logs will eliminate the risk of many of the penalties that break most company budgets.