If you are a part of the trucking industry, you are probably familiar with the new rules in place regarding electronic logging devices and the new mandate going into effect at the end of 2017. All drivers who are required to keep a record or log of their duties or activities while they are operating a truck are required to switch over to an electronic logging system by December. This electronic system tracks a variety of things, such as when the truck is in motion, when the driver is on duty and hours of operation.
While there are several different types of systems available to meet this e-log requirement for trucking fleets, the system must meet certain requirements and specifications to satisfy the mandate. Although any major change can come with certain kinks, this mandate offers a great opportunity for trucking companies and can be a beneficial transition:
- Convenience: Electronic logging offers an advantage over traditional paper or physical logs when it comes to convenience. Paper logs require extensive attention to detail and can be complicated for drivers to fill out. This constant need for written tracking can put a significant burden on a driver, and since the information is all manually tracked, it can easily result in inconsistencies or errors that are unavoidable. Electronic tracking is done automatically by connecting with the engine of the vehicle so the information that is input is more accurate and reliable. Additionally, electronic logs cannot be lost in the same way that paper logs can be misplaced. This offers additional security for the information that
is being tracked.
- Compliance with regulations: Having a digital log makes it easier for drivers to see exactly how much they have been driving and when they will need to take a break in order to be compliant with regulations. Hours of service violations are very common in the trucking industry, and electronic logs can help reduce their occurrence.
- Increased worker safety and compliance: One of the biggest benefits of fleet GPS tracking is the increased safety of drivers. While paper logs can have some inconsistencies or errors, electronic logs keep drivers accountable by offering a precise record of hours and notifying drivers when they need to take a break in order to remain compliant. This increase in compliance means that your drivers are less likely to overwork, which can lead to drowsy driving and unsafe conditions.
- Easy inspections: Another great benefit of fleet GPS tracking is that they make inspections much easier. The information is accurate and easy to access, which means that officers can inspect information and send drivers on their way quickly and efficiently.
Ensure that your trucking fleet is in compliance with the e-log mandate and begin reaping all the benefits of electronic tracking with high quality tracking systems from GPS Technologies. We can outfit your fleet with the best technology available to help make the transition from paper
logs to electronic tracking an easy one. For more information about our tracking equipment and services, simply contact us and get started with the best in GPS systems for your trucking fleet.