The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will soon require all carriers to install some type of electronic on-board monitoring device in vehicles to track vehicle status and how many hours a driver has been on the road. The trucking industry has been using the same system–paper log books—since 1938, but with the rise of technology and capabilities, the switch to GPS logging could significantly improve highway safety by preventing driver fatigue. It also will give companies a more accurate view of what is actually happening with their drivers.
On June 23, 2015, the transportation subcommittee of the Senate’s Appropriations Committee passed a bill that will set specific date by which the FMCSA must publish the final version of the Electronic Device Mandate. It is believed that the ELDM could come as early as the second half of 2016. Check back here for updates on that date.
The FMCSA Electronic Device Mandate has four basic parts:
- The requirement to use ELDs in place of paper log books
- Protections against driver harassment
- Hardware specifications for the devices
- Hours-of-service related supporting documents drivers must continue to carry after the mandate
Electronic GPS/logging devices are revolutionizing the way large motor carriers transport goods, collect data and communicate in real-time. They can assure that products arrive on time, operators are less fatigued and our roadways are safer for everyone. It won’t be long before these multi-purpose GPS monitoring units are installed in every truck in America.
Many fleet companies are already installing in-cab electronic systems in all of their vehicles. That’s because the devices track driving hours, fuel efficiency factors, location and critical events like hard braking and the activation of trailers’ roll stability controls. All of that is communicated in real time to the company, by satellite or cell tower, and can be used to make decisions en route.
We have already heard testimonies of how the devices have helped fleet companies reduce deadheading (trailers traveling empty between unloading and reloading) and increase fuel efficiency improvements as much as a tenth of a mile per gallon per year.
Although big trucking companies are eagerly adopting data strategies in their business models, smaller carriers have been less enthusiastic. There’s no reason to fear the future. CNS can help everyone understand how to manage the transition from paper logs to e-logging. We’re here for you! Contact one of our specialists today with your questions.