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Got Questions? ELDs and Telematics

Q. Colleagues who implemented ELDs in their fleets last December, have told me that I should start the process of choosing a provider now. How should I start?

A. While there are a number of technical factors you’ll have to take into account when choosing an ELD provider there are two steps you should take to get started: 1. Make sure the ELD model you are considering is on the FMCSA’s list of registered ELDs, which can be found at https://3pdp.fmcsa.dot.gov/ELD/ELDList.aspx. Providers on this list have self-certified that their ELDs are compliant with all of the technical specifications under the ELD Rule. 2. Research the provider you are considering by checking with the Better Business Bureau and online reviews of the company’s products and customer service. Keep in mind that many established ELD providers also offer fleet management systems (FMS) as part of their ELD solutions. While there are a number of benefits that fleets can derive from a bundled FMS-ELD solution, there is no requirement that fleets must use an FMS. The only requirement is that the ELD complies with the technical specifications of the ELD Rule.

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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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