The FMCSA Reminds Safety Inspectors the Importance of Registered ELDs
The FMCSA Reminds Safety Inspectors the Importance of Registered ELDs

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) hosted the North American Inspectors Championship (NAIC) on August 7-11, 2017.

The event not only gives accolades to inspectors, but it also provides them the avenue to share techniques and insights with other inspectors. In addition to that, the NAIC also provides training on standards of inspection procedures, latest commercial motor vehicle safety trends, and technologies.

One of the presentations during the event was done by a transportation specialist from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) passenger carrier division, Danielle Smith.

During her presentation, Smith accentuated the importance of ELD registration with the FMCSA.

Addressing the road safety inspectors, Smith said, “It’s not an ELD unless it’s listed on our website. That’s going to be part of what you do during an inspection; if you’re going to verify that it is a registered ELD…”

While reputable ELD providers like KeepTruckin, PeopleNet, etc. are already registered and included in the FMCSA’s list of certified ELDs, there are still those that have not registered their devices with the FMCSA.

Smith also shared about the ELD’s data transfer procedures through wireless applications, email, Bluetooth devices, and USB ports.

Another crucial bit of information that she shared was about malfunctioning ELDs. She mentioned how carriers should replace or repair the device within 8 days from the time they learn of the malfunction.

During the event, there were other ELD advocates who also shared their insights about using the devices. Some encouraged drivers to embrace the technology and not to be apprehensive about it since the device can help them improve their operations.

With how the ELD implementation date is just around the corner, carriers would benefit a lot from getting their ELDs now, instead of waiting until the last moment when there might not be enough ELDs left for everyone.

An Overview of the Benefits of ELDs

In addition to helping fleets comply with the upcoming ELD mandate, there are several other benefits that they can get from using an ELD.

  • ELDs help drivers stay within their HOS limits. Therefore, it keeps them from driving while fatigued or drowsy, which help reduce road accidents and increase fleet safety.
  • ELDs also lead to a better working environment for commercial drivers, as they won’t have to worry about tedious and counterproductive paperwork. ELDs record all the important data automatically so drivers can focus on driving.
  • There are several ways ELDs can reduce the expenses of trucking companies. For instance, the electronic logging device can help fleet managers identify drivers and vehicles that are involved in idling and, hence, reduce fuel wastage. Moreover, ELDs can also reduce the amount of administrative work that companies put into filling IFTA reports and other administrative tasks.
  • ELDs can help carriers with improving their CSA scores. As most shippers now look into a carrier’s CSA score before deciding to work with them, companies who have ELDs have a better chance of getting more clients.

Buying FMCSA-Certified ELDs

Some carriers are struggling with their transition to ELDs because they are uncertain of where to start. It is now more important than ever for them to only buy FMCSA-certified ELDs.

If you’re struggling with the same thing right now, then you can use our ELD Price Comparison tool or ELD Feature Comparison tool to find the perfect ELD solution. Make sure you’re only picking an FMCSA-certified ELD solution.

Another route you can take to get your feet wet with ELDs is to try a logbook app. Through logbook apps, you can see how an ELD’s user interface looks, making it easier for your drivers to transition to electronic logging devices.

Stay tuned for more ELD news and updates.

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