Since December 2017, many compliant with the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) due to the mandate by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) underwent many questions and concerns. Thus, a specific violation of the compliance of ELDs may lead to out-of-service sanctions for fleets, drivers, and even owners.
In the out-of-service criteria handbook of 2017 issued by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, it detailed the following myths that everyone should woo away from when using the ELD:
Myth #1: ELDs Cost Way Too Much
ELDs cost around $500 per vehicle and subscription fee is at around $30 per month. A lot of drivers and commercial fleets now know that they could have a savings of an average $700 a year just by finally sidestepping the old logbook system.
Myth #2: Vehicles With ELDs Are Harder To Drive
Other new fleets and drivers usually thought that vehicles with installed ELD would be harder to drive. They believe that having ELD in their truck would mean distraction that can cause danger the same with how texting while driving can affect.
ELD requires the driver to log-in if they are on-duty or off-duty. Drivers cannot manipulate the ELD to tell they are off-duty, but in fact, it is the other way around. The ELD can automatically know if the driver is on the road and there is not the way to change its status while driving as the device is connected directly to the vehicle’s engine.
Myth #3: ELDs Send Reports Directly To The Federal Government
Drivers who have come to know the use of ELDs are on the verge of paranoia thinking that their Hours of Service (HOS) will be directly sent to the government. Much to this, they fear that their violations will be automatically mean dismissal from their jobs.
The ELD’s primary function is to record the hours the driver work in the day. It diminishes the hassle of logging manually in the logbook and calculating the rendered time by hand. It will also be easier for the Department of Transportation (DOT) to audit the hours and other documents the company provide.
These myths about ELD should be straightened once and for all. The use of such device is advantageous for both the driver and the operator, as well as the government agency who shall see the process and the paperwork required for audit.