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REGULATIONS

BEYOND
THE RULE
ELECTRONIC LOGS OFFER MANY OPERATIONAL BENEFITS.
BY ERIC WITTY

Electronic logging devices
(ELDs) have been a big topic of conversation across the
transportation and logistics
industry, particularly as the
deadline for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's electronic logging
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device mandate approaches.
This mandate aims to provide a technology solution
that will help reduce crashes, injuries and fatalities in
the trucking industry. Fleets
have until Dec. 18, 2017, to
implement ELDs.

The ELD rule applies to motor carriers
and drivers who are currently required
to keep records of duty status under the
hours-of-service regulations.
While some fleet managers are only
looking to ELDs to be compliant with
federal regulations, what they may not
realize is the potential ELDs have to increase the bottom line and maximize return on investment. Some organizations,
whether due to financial constraints or
because they want a quick fix, will only
aim to meet the minimum requirements
to become compliant. By just reaching
the minimum, fleets are missing out on
the numerous benefits of going beyond
simply implementing an ELD.

BOOSTING THE BOTTOM LINE
Under the mandate, fleets will be required to link their ELDs to the engine
control module on trucks to record hours
of service. This connection also provides


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