Common ELD Misconceptions

Implementing ELDs can be a change for an organization, and as with any change it’s expected that there will be plenty of questions.

We’ve taken some common myths that we’ve seen about ELDs and debunked them to help get you the facts so you can start figuring out which solution is best for you.

1. ELDs are causing drivers to flee the industry

Actually, ELDs can improve driver retention. Many drivers prefer tracking their hours with ELDs because they don’t have to spend time manually calculating hours of service. With electronic logs, drivers can also rest easy at roadside inspections, knowing that their logs are accurate and up-to-date.

2. Compliance will be a cost burden

In reality, ELDs can help lower a number of everyday costs, and in the trucking business, time is money. For example, they can help lower administration costs by reducing paperwork and simplifying complicated reporting. Many offer vehicle performance metrics and fault code information, helping fleets keep up with vehicle maintenance and preventing costly repairs.

3. ELDs make compliance more complicated

ELDs help automate the logging process and therefore we think most drivers will see that the device actually simplifies HOS compliance. ELDs calculate logs automatically, so drivers don’t have to worry about making mistakes when tallying up hours. ELDs also simplify the process of tracking hours when there are changes in regulations. It is important for fleets to take the time to choose a vendor with significant knowledge and experience in the commercial transportation industry that offer cost-effective solutions for fleets of any size.

4. Implementing a new logging system will be a hassle

ELDs are designed to be intuitive for fleet owners and drivers, and many can be installed in under an hour. Equipping your fleet with ELDs is a change, but it will save time and money and ultimately increase your business’ efficiency.

Whether you have one truck or 10, electronic logging can make record keeping easier, simpler, and faster. No more transferring, reviewing, and filing paperwork. ELDs efficiently organize HOS logs and keep the data available in one place for easy access whenever you need it. ELDs are designed to benefit the entire trucking industry.

5. No advantages to early compliance

Many carriers make the mistake of waiting to implement. We encourage fleet owners and drivers to make the move before the end of the year when the mandate goes into effect. By taking advantage of compliance early, you have time to do proper research, choose a trusted vendor, and start getting used to the technology before mandatory. Plus that gives you a head start on saving time and money!

6. ELDs don’t offer privacy

The mandate includes a number of provisions to protect drivers’ privacy, such as giving them access to their own records and letting them mute or turn off the volume when in sleeper berth status. The FMCSA has stated that the mandate will require ELDs to have secure access to data and use encryption methods while transferring data, and that personal data and records would be protected in legal proceedings, including when drivers file complaints against carriers. For location information, the level of detail is limited; in fact, the accuracy of coordinates requires accuracy of a point only to a radius of approximately 1 mile.

Q&A with our ELD Expert

We asked Ravi Kodavarti, Rand McNally’s Director of Commercial Products, for a quick overview to help put the new ELD rules in perspective.

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These materials are provided for informational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice