4 Myths About ELDs That Are Nothing More Than Just Myth
Since the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has come up with the ELD mandate that requires truck operators to install and use electronic logging devices, a great deal of misinformation about these devices has appeared on the internet. This post has been compiled to debunk four of the most common myths surrounding the ELD mandate.
Myth 1: ELDs are Very Expensive
Yes, and no. It is true that there are ELD devices on the market that cost more than $1,000 each. But, they are not the only option. There are numerous other cost-effective alternatives. For instance, UTECH’s GPS Tab ELD costs an affordable $200 each and comes with free subscription thru 2017. Even more, for that price, you are getting not just an electronic logging device, but a suite of powerful tools to manage your fleet. When compared with other operational and maintenance costs involved in trucking, this cost is substantially less significant.
Myth 2: Using an ELD Device is Highly Complicated and Requires Knowledge of Computers
Using an electronic logging device is a pretty straightforward task. All that is required of drivers is to press a few clearly visible and labeled buttons on a screen to select their duty status – on duty, sleeper berth, or off-duty. That’s it! The electronic logbook in the device will record driving hours automatically. The ELD device also alerts the drivers on possible HOS violations and enables them to find a safe place to park before the violation occurs.
Myth 3: ELDs are Unnecessary Financial Burden on Truckers
While it is true that ELDs do cost some money to install and maintain, they offer far more financial benefits. It is estimated that annually, most trucks averagely waste more than $5,000 in fuel due to idling. Similarly, bad driving behaviors, such as hard braking, over-acceleration, etc. routinely contribute to wasted fuel dollars and also affect the life of the equipment. Constant, real-time monitoring enables the fleet managers to keep an eye on bad driving behaviors and address them quickly. The cost savings resulting from this awareness is well beyond the cost of most ELDs.
Myth 4: ELDs Can Shut Down TrucksMost ELDs are just monitoring devices. Their purpose is to keep record of a variety of events. They do not act upon those events. Hence, they do not shut down the trucks, even if the drivers violate the HOS rules. To be sure, some ELD device manufacturers do incorporate remote shutdown technology in their devices. But, none of the FMCSA compliant ELD devices are mandated to feature remote shutdown technology. So, fleet managers may install devices that do not come with that technology.