GotQuestions? ELDs and Telematics

Q. I’ve heard there may be productivity losses with ELDs. Is this true, and, if so, what can I do to overcome them?

March 23, 2017

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A. Experts say that fleets will likely see a drop in productivity when transitioning from paper logs to ELDs. Some fleets that have already transitioned have reported the loss is most noticeable immediately after installation. This can be chalked up to the expected learning curve when adapting to a new technology, along with the change from paper logs to the 100% accurate reporting ELDs provide. To learn more about the benefits of ELDs, click here.

The best way for fleets to ensure the transition goes smoothly is to start making the investment in ELDs now rather than waiting for the December deadline. Equip part of your fleet with ELDs and begin training drivers on proper use. You may want to continue to use paper logs alongside the ELDs to measure the true impact ELDs have on your operation.

Another way to mitigate any productivity loss from ELDs is in your scheduling and routing. Now is the time to take a look at whether you are scheduling loads in the most efficient manner. There are software products on the market that can help you select the most efficient route but you can also sit down with shippers to discuss ways to reduce loading/unloading times and to re-evaluate shipping schedules and delivery times. 

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