things to consider:
The FMCSA has outlined a basic list of functions that all ELDs must provide, the primary function being the automatic recording of HOS logs. However, ELD systems in the market today come with lots of value added functions. Understanding these functions can be critical for an organization investing in ELD devices. A good ELD system will not only help with compliance, but also identify other areas in which costs can be saved, thus improving the bottom line.
► Driver-Vehicle Inspection Reports (DVIR): The FMCSA mandates that drivers record the roadworthiness of their vehicles before each trip. This requires drivers to go through a check list of inspection points. An ELD allows drivers to perform this inspection checklist through the display, which is then uploaded to the cloud.
► State Mileage: For motor carriers that operate in more than one jurisdiction, it is required to file a quarterly fuel tax report detailing fuel use in each state. An ELD system will capture this data and create the reports automatically.
► Driver Safety: ELDs have vehicle hardware which can report on driver behavior such as speeding, harsh maneuvers, idling and utilization of the vehicle. Choosing a solution that does this can help monitor driving trends which in turn can help encouraging good driving habits, increasing safety for the driver and other commuters on the road.
► Vehicle Diagnostics: An ELD solution can offer real-time and retrospective reporting on fuel, carbon, odometer and fault codes. This allows organizations to be proactive in setting up maintenance plans and helps avoid costly downtimes due to unforeseen vehicle problems.
► Fuel Efficiency: By monitoring driver behavior and idle time, an ELD solution can identify trends which help organizations to encourage good driving habits in turn leading to better fuel efficiency in their fleets.