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Q. I manage a Canadian fleet and we’re doing our best to get ready for the transition to electronic logbooks, and this question keeps coming up: What’s the advantage of an electronic logbook over a paper one?

While it may seem like an unnecessary change, particularly if your drivers were diligent in keeping their paper logs, electronic logs have several significant advantages over paper logs, including:

  • Information is captured automatically, saving drivers time needed to fill in their logbooks and keeping track of all the relevant data, such as time, location and engine hours. An ELD collects all of these routine data points for the driver, allowing the driver to focus on driving while keeping their log up to date.
  • ELDs are more accurate. One of the biggest downsides to paper logs is that they are prone to errors, which can potentially result in drivers receiving a violation and a fine, being put out of service and the fleet receiving a time consuming and costly safety audit.
  • ELDs are tamper proof. A key requirement for Canadian ELDs is that they can’t be tampered with—so driver hours are accurate, helping to keep both drivers and fleets accountable and operating safely.

Expert Bio

Answered by : Scott Sutarik from Geotab

VP, Commercial Vehicle Solutions

Scott Sutarik is the VP of Commercial Vehicle Solutions at Geotab Inc. He has extensive experience within the truck manufacturing industry, specializing in medium duty and heavy duty trucks. He previously worked in sales and marketing at Navistar Inc. where he supported over 700 dealerships, worked with suppliers and telematics providers, and managed the OnCommand Connection Program. With his expertise in telematics, regulatory compliance, engine diagnostics, and alternative fueled vehicles, Scott provides training and works with Geotab's partners to develop leading-edge fleet management solutions for the trucking industry.

Scott Sutarik is the VP of Commercial Vehicle Solutions at Geotab Inc. He has extensive experience within the truck manufacturing industry, specializing in medium duty and heavy duty trucks. He previously worked in sales and marketing at Navistar Inc. where he supported over 700 dealerships, worked with suppliers and telematics providers, and managed the OnCommand Connection Program. With his expertise in telematics, regulatory compliance, engine diagnostics, and alternative fueled vehicles, Scott provides training and works with Geotab's partners to develop leading-edge fleet management solutions for the trucking industry.

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