It’s no secret the FMCSA plans to mandate electronic logging devices (ELDs). The subject, however, is a sensitive one, with fleet executives looking for ways to meet the new legislation, keep costs down and minimize operational disruption and drivers warily perceiving the requirement as another means for management to watch their every move.
The concerns from both sides are valid. But as is often the case, may be over exaggerated. The results of implementing an ELD can actually bring some unexpected benefits.
In an online article posted by the Commercial Carrier Journal on June 24, 2014, a panel of fleet executives were asked about their experiences implementing ELDs, which were overwhelmingly positive – for their businesses, customers and drivers.
There is obviously going to be a cost associated with implementing an ELD solution. But the good news is if you start now, you’ll have plenty of time to understand the mandate, map out your specific needs, research the many solutions and associated installation processes or even potentially plan out the training of your own installation resources (training and equipment installation were bottlenecks all fleet executives on the panel experienced). It stands to reason, the longer you delay, the more you’ll ultimately disrupt your organization and the more you’ll spend on ensuring your compliance with the mandate.
From the driver perspective, electronic logging devices were initially viewed with trepidation. But they ultimately served to paint a more realistic view of a driver’s available time, which filtered all the way through to better business planning at the management level, better targets and better results. The real-time, accurate information from each driver allowed dispatchers to route more efficiently which resulted in reduced stress and reduced pressure to reach unrealistic targets, enhanced driver productivity and increased driver paychecks.
So start planning now and take the time to research the options available to you, how you’ll implement your solution and how you’ll work with your staff to get their buy-in and set the stage to get the most from a solution that could be perceived as a burden, but also stands to generate some very tangible benefits for fleet owners, fleet executives and the drivers themselves.
To learn more about the upcoming ELD Mandate, read our “Preparing for the FMCSAs Electronic Logging Device (ELD) Mandate.”
Read the full Commercial Carrier Article here.