ELD is here, it’s real and it’s now.
But not all ELD solutions are created equal, so what are the right questions to ask before deciding on an ELD provider?
The first question is usually a financial one. Do you want to comply for the least possible cost, or do you see ELD as an opportunity to solve a series of other compliance issues at the same time?
If you run a mixed fleet of trucks, trailers, reefers and straight trucks then ELD is arguably the perfect opportunity to make your operation a whole lot smarter and more efficient.
By looking at ELD as a feature within a suite, rather than a standalone system, operators can use the compulsory investment in ELD to address other compliance challenges, such as FMSA, DVIR and IFTA. This saves money because it displaces the technical solution ordinarily required for each mandate and also allows operators to introduce efficiency and safety features, that will more than off set any additional cost.
The usual argument is that features included as part of a suite, are never as good as a dedicated system. If you’re buying a stereo that’s probably right, but if you’re buying an ELD solution then it’s wrong. ELDs that are integrated into a suite are better, because they can drive other tasks and business processes, like DVIR and job dispatch.
The best ELDs are:
• Easy for drivers and back office staff to learn and use
• Able to support a range of diff erent rule sets and driver types
• Easily portable between vehicles
• Integrated into a broader system
• Rock solid and reliable
For operators that haul reefers, FSMA is about to become a big deal, with some serious consequences for operators caught asleep at the wheel. The right fleet management solution, will give operators all the twoway remote control tools necessary, to meet their FSMA obligations and become a preferred carrier. And, in the case of straight trucks, it should achieve this using a single piece of in-vehicle hardware.
Beyond FSMA, ELD, DVIR and IFTA, the right fleet management system should incorporate a host of other features that help operators run safer and more efficient operations.
Integrated features include:
• High Definition vehicle tracking
• ABS / Remote tire infl ation monitoring
• Driver behavior monitoring with camera monitoring as an option
• Trip replay and black box reporting
• Engine management data reporting
• Service manager
In the same way that not all ELDs are equal, not all fleet management solutions are equal. The best systems:
• Allow operators to see their fleets in High Definition from the same platform
• Are active, rather than passive, allowing operators to manage by exception
• Are tightly integrated into all of the major Transportation Management Systems (TMS)
So, if you’re a fleet operator and you see ELD as an opportunity to change your business, then you should look for an integrated fleet management solution, like Coretex 360, that offers ELD as part of a powerful suite of fleet management features.
Don’t just log hours. Get more out of them. Turn compliance into a competitive advantage with a fully integrated ELD solution.