Brief Introduction to ELD
Everyday, people purchase produce and products from stores all across the country. But how many have stopped to consider the time and effort that it takes to deliver these products to their destinations? The trucking industry consistently plays a vital role in keeping America’s economy moving. From produce in grocery stores to raw materials like lumber and steel, the trucking industry makes sure that products are delivered to their designated location. As important as the trucking industry is to the American economy, it is equally as (if not more) important to keep the driver’s safe on their journey. That is why having an ELD is crucial to a successful delivery.
What Is an ELD?
An ELD (Electronic Logging Device) is a module that helps driver’s track important information such as HOS (Hours of Service), DVIRs (Driver Vehicle Inspection Records), CSA (Compliance, Safety, and Accountability) scores, RODS (Records of Duty Status), and much more. Thanks to improvements in technology, ELD’s now even come with GPS programs and compatibility with AI Dashcams. With the help of these features, driver’s can focus on getting to their destination safely and efficiently without worrying about breaking vehicle maintenance, FMCSA compliance, etc
Why Are ELDs Important?
As stated previously, the trucking industry is crucial to economic progression; therefore, driver safety is very important when it comes to keeping the industry alive. ELDs provide drivers with an easy way to track data and information they would otherwise have to do manually. Moreover, ELDs can determine the safest and most efficient route to the drivers’ destination. It is important that we keep our drivers safe and focused on their journey.
Who Needs to Use ELDs?
As stated by the FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration), ELDs are required for commercial drivers that need to provide HOS or RODS. The ELDs MUST be certified and registered with the FMCSA before usage. Drivers must also keep information about their specific ELD at all times. The information must include instructions on how to operate the ELD, as well as details of how data is tracked and transferred to authorized safety officials or authority figures. Moreover, the information must also include instructions outlining the proper course of action in the event of an ELD malfunction. For more information, visit the FMCSA website to verify any outstanding details about your specific vehicle.
The economy depends on trucks and trucks depend on drivers. That’s why it is so important to implement ELDs into fleets large and small. On one hand it keeps drivers compliant with the FMCSA and keeps track of important information. On the other hand, it not only helps keep drivers safe on the road, but also gets them to their destination in an efficient manner.