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March 23, 2017

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

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. 

Expert Bio

Answered by : Scott Sutarik from Geotab

Business Development, OEM Sales Manager

Scott Sutarik is the Business Development, OEM Sales Manager 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 Business Development, OEM Sales Manager 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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