With electronic logging devices now mainstream, providers are getting savvier as to what the consumer wants and needs for ultimate compliance and fleet efficiency. Accuracy, ease-of-use and reliability are of utmost importance when picking the right ELD, but what should you look to avoid? Below we list three things to stay away from when choosing an ELD provider, and how to maintain full compliance.
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1. Avoid Bluetooth connected ELDs
Poor connectivity can be detrimental to your ability to stay compliant. For drivers using their phone or tablet loaded with an ELD application, consumer grade Bluetooth connections have proven to be far less reliable than a hard-wired solution. Whether a driver walks out of range of the vehicle or they are running other Bluetooth tech in the cab, frustrations can run high when delays occur throughout the day to stop and re-pair devices. Ideally, use a dedicated hard-wired ELD that optimizes the connection between the vehicle and the ELD. If using a consumer-grade phone or tablet, have a dedicated device to prevent loading of applications that may conflict with the ELD app.
2. Avoid issues with dropped wireless coverage
Depending on where your fleet operates, gaps in coverage can range from a mild nuisance to a critical issue impacting compliance, safety and operations. While no ELD is perfect, there are certainly some things that you can do to get the best coverage possible. Avoid choosing an ELD that relies on a single carrier network for communication. Look for providers that use in-cab technology that connects to multiple carrier networks, helping to ensure coverage in sparsely populated areas.
3. Avoid ELDs that are hard for drivers to use
Picking an ELD that your drivers like and find easy to use can increase productivity and driver satisfaction. It’s part of their job to use an ELD, so it’s important they understand what type of ELD they have and how to use it, including how to annotate, edit and certify RODS. They must also know how to display and transfer data to safety officials upon request. During roadside inspections, drivers may be asked to transfer their data from the ELD device to eRODS. Make sure drivers understand this process.
Unsuccessful eRODS data transfers can cause delays at roadside and frustrate both enforcement and drivers. When selecting an ELD, ask the supplier about their eRODS data transfer success rate and make sure your team is trained and familiar with the back-up solutions for failed transfers during a roadside inspection.
Avoiding these ELD mistakes is just the start to improving your ELD compliance. At EROAD, we have staff dedicated to understanding the regulations, rules and policies of our industry and making sure our solution meets the highest standards to achieve compliance and safety. Reach out today to learn more about how EROAD’s ELD can take your fleet’s safety and compliance to the next level.
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