The electronic logging device (ELD) mandate, which was put into action almost two years ago, will take full effect on December 16, 2019, which is the AOBRD deadline.
When the ELD mandate was introduced, an April 1, 2018 deadline was set to switch over to an ELD. The only exception was for those carriers that were using automatic onboard recording devices, also known as AOBRDs, on or before December 17, 2017.
Many have either started the switch or already made it long ago, however if you have not started, you should start now as the process is not as seamless as one might think.
Why is it important to switch from AOBRD to ELD now?
Carriers that have not updated their AOBRDs may run into some challenges, including training drivers to use ELDs and teaching office employees how to transfer logs.
Certain parts of the process can take longer than expected, as well as the potential for suppliers to run low on ELDs or take longer to fix glitches if too many attempt to switch at once.
It may also be difficult to get all drivers into a training class or webinar at the same time. In addition, it will not be a one-time training session. ELD training will need to be ongoing for all drivers, as mistakes will be made, and issues will arise.
Any difficulties may be answered on the FMCSAs ELD rule FAQ section.
What issues are drivers having?
Continuous education of drivers will be necessary. One area that drivers are running into problems with in the switch from AOBRDs to ELDs is unassigned drive time.
The issue comes in when a driver on the road rejects the unassigned drive time, which causes it to enter into the unassigned driver account in the admin system. This forces the company to assign it to a specific driver or explain why it couldn’t be assigned, with no other option.
With AOBRDs, users could create a generic driver account for road tests or yard moves; pretty much all the odd miles that show up in a fleet.
How do you install and train truck drivers on ELDs?
ELD install tips
If you need to manage the installation of ELDs on a large fleet of trucks, some good steps to follow include:
- Run a daily report and determine which trucks were in the yard and which ones are coming to the yard.
- Then, send a firmware update from your computer to a specific ELD unit.
- Then, go out to the truck, allow the firmware to download.
- Follow the automated installation steps on the tablet.
- Reboot the tablet two or three times and cycle the engine a few times.
- Test drive the truck ensuring everything was downloaded properly and you are finished.
ELD training tips
Drivers will need to be trained on ELDs, so a few tips in training them to make the process more seamless are to:
- train drivers one-on-one as often as possible.
- ensure drivers know how to log into the system.
- point out any visual changes and emphasize the sensitivity of the ELD.
- emphasize that—before doing anything with the truck—the driver must know how long they have been off duty, as well as how many hours they will be working that day and week.
- perform daily log audits and contact and train drivers with issues.
- be repetitive.
Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs)
What ELD should you use?
A few reasons why we chose Pedigree include:
- their excellent price point that we at CNS could stand behind.
- their dedicated team of technicians looking to improve efficiency and streamline the customer’s operation.
- their knowledge on DOT rules and regulations to keep you and your ELD running smooth.
- their “OneView” platform and infrastructure was far greater compared to the competition.
- the ability to manage our client’s use of ELDs and offer them customer support directly.
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This month’s CNS Spotlight is on Brownsberger Transport Company of Lititz, PA.
Andrew Brownsberger—owner and driver of Brownsberger Transport Co.—has been operating since 2010. As a car hauler for the thriving auto auction industry in central Pennsylvania, he has grown to a 4-truck operation with plans to grow further in the future. Andrew has watched the industry change in the last few years with a much higher focus on Hours of Service (HOS), especially after the ELD mandate took effect in 2018.
We sat down to ask him a few questions on how he manages his HOS scores, logs, and his drivers in an ever-changing trucking industry.
CNS: Andrew, what issues did you find regarding HOS rules prior to the ELD mandate last year?
Andrew: I think the 30-minute break rule is unnecessary. I don’t feel like that creates safer roads or working conditions. I do agree with HOS; we don’t want people driving over 11 hours. I know from my experience that I would be tired after 11 hours of driving.
CNS: Do you find yourself having any issues after the HOS mandate?
Andrew: Yes, although I agree with HOS. Paper logs are easier to use for many reasons. But with the new technology it makes it harder to correct simple mistakes that happen.
CNS: What system do you have in place for checking logs for your drivers at your company?
CNS: How has the use of the Pedigree Technologies CabMate One helped you regarding staying compliant with the HOS regulations?
Andrew: It clearly lets you know if you are in or going to be in violation.
CNS: Do you have any suggestions for other carriers that may be struggling with HOS rules and regulations?
Andrew: Driver training and being able to manage your work time better is key. If you are having trouble with making changes within the culture, hire CNS.
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