As a Logistics and Transportation professional, you and your trucks play in integral role in keeping your supply chain moving. Whether your drivers are grizzled veterans or new to the fleet, you are expected to keep your employees and products safe on the road. In December 2015, the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) rule was put into place to help ensure not only a safer work environment, but also a more efficient log of records of duty status (RODS). Learn more about the basics of electronic logging devices and the benefits of including them in your fleet.
What are ELDs?
Everything is going digital today, whether it’s your medical records or your favorite newspaper. Records of Duty Status (RODS) are no different. Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) cut down on the amount of physical paperwork your drivers need to process, keep track of Hours of Service, and monitor the truck’s engine. Not to mention, ELDs can track the logs in real-time. Consider this to be more like a process haul than changing technology. The new law allows you to keep your current equipment, as long as it is compliant with the ELD standards. Many systems only need a simple upgrade.
Why electronic logging devices?
Why you should include ELDs in your fleet? It’s mandated by law. All fleets must adopt the new method by December 2017, although drivers using Automatic On-Board Recording Devices (AOBRD) have until December 2019 to get on board. With formalities aside, it’s actually a pretty genius way to increase the efficiency of your supply chain.
The benefits of including ELDs in your fleet
Besides obeying the law, there is a myriad of benefits for introducing ELDs into your fleet. Some of the most notable advantages include:
- Logs are more legible. You’d be surprised by the # of drivers who accrue fines because of their poor penmanship. Electronic records help avoid mistakes commonly made in paper logs.
- Less paperwork. You converted your warehouse to use barcodes so that your inventory has less of a physical paper trail. Why not do the same for your supply chain?
- Reduced downtime and lower overhead costs. Did you know that drivers spend about 15 to 20 minutes each shift filling out paperwork? The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) estimates ELDs save drivers at least 20 hours a year and can save companies $705 per driver.
- Ease of sharing. Vehicle inspections are a fact of life, but they do cut into your drivers’ productivity. Electronic logs are much easier to share with police officers, especially because they have a standard format.
- Prevents accidents. Most drivers don’t get paid hourly. Instead they earn a living by the number of miles they drive. Unfortunately, this may mean some multitasking behind the wheel to catch up on forms. Studies have found that drivers using ELDs have a 11.7% lower crash rate than those who don’t use them. Cut down on accidents by making logs fast and easy.
- Detailed records of an accident. Think of the ELD as the black box of the truck. While they’re not indestructible like their aerial counterparts, they do keep a detailed record of your drivers’ speed, braking, and acceleration.
- Spot inefficiencies. With these devices, it’s as if you were on the road with your drivers. Analyze the data provided to cut down on redundancies or extended idleness.
Bar Code Direct can help outfit your fleet with ELDs. We offer custom solutions for a couple of trucks to a few thousand. Contact us today to request a free quote.