Do you have December 18, 2017 marked on your calendars? Here at Pyramid Transport, we do, because on December 18, 2017, the FMCSA’s final ELD Rule goes into effect. This means that eligible trucks without certified ELDs will be noncompliant with the rule.
In preparation for the big date, we have compiled a list of ELD Benefits. It’s time to get on board!
- Compliance, Compliance Compliance. This is the number one reason to get on board with the mandate. On December 19, 2017, inspectors will begin issuing citations for those vehicles that are not equipped with ELDs. While the 10-hour out-of-service order associated with non-compliance with the mandate will not begin April 1, 2018, it’s a good idea not to wait that long.
- Fleets with ELDs can secure better insurance rates. Rigs equipped with ELDs show whopping 12% reduction in all crash rates according to the FMCSA report. Lower insurance rates means you are saving money!
- Less paperwork. Electronic logs can reduce time drivers spend on updating logbooks by as much as 15 minutes a day. At the same time these electronic logs reduce the money spent on paper forms and the administrative and clerical time required to handle the reams of paperwork. ELDs track and record drivers’ HOS status as well as their location, and vehicle inspection reporting is completed electronically which saves the valuable resources of time and money for drivers and fleet managers!
- Let’s get serious about safety! ELDs can track bad driving behaviors such as excessive acceleration, speeding, hard braking, and hard cornering. Identifying high risk drivers has the potential to cut back on accidents, but it also gives managers the information they need to better educate those drivers in need of improvement while rewarding and retaining the drivers with excellent driving capabilities.
- Location, Location, Location! Yes, route management and location tracking are already available with certain logistic services. The implementation of ELDs will update the technology for everyone, allowing managers to access real-time information on driver location and HOS. Drivers and managers will be able to collaborate on finding the shortest and most efficient routes for their shipments which will save administrative time as well as money for fuel costs.
The truth is no one likes change, but change is trucking our way. ELDs are not only mandated, they are the future, and the future begins on December 18, 2017. The sooner carriers get on board, the sooner they can reap the benefits. At Pyramid Transport, we believe that the implementation of ELDs will maximize efficiency, save both time and money, create a culture of best driving practices, and increase productivity. The time is now!