By Clare Klug, Trimble PULSE
A good ELD system goes far beyond just ticking the legislation compliance box, it also identifies other areas in which fleets can become safer and more efficient.
It is no secret that a safer driver is a more efficient driver and rolling out an ELD system can often pay for itself by reducing fuel usage alone.
The FMCSA has outlined a basic list of functions that all ELDs must provide - primarily the automatic recording of duty status - and since the publication of the recent ELD mandate, fleet operators have been getting themselves prepared. Their main push, understandably, has been compliance; ensuring that their fleet avoids the costly penalties for violations of hours of service (HOS) regulations which, in some instances, can be up to $11,000.
When choosing a solution, however, it’s important not to overlook the additional benefits that a more comprehensive ELD solution will provide and the added value functions that are available today.