July 19, 2017

The ELD Mandate & Mixed Fleets

mixed fleets

Electronic Logging Devices for vehicles and equipment

On December 18, the Electronic Logging Device Mandate goes into effect. You’ve known it’s coming, and you’ve been taking steps to find the right solution for your needs. But what you might not understand is how this new law affects mixed fleets — and what it means for your business. Let’s take a look.

It affects vehicles and some equipment.

Despite being primarily aimed at the trucking industry, many construction assets also fall under the jurisdiction of the new law. In addition to requiring all CDL vehicles be equipped with ELD devices, any combined vehicle and trailer that weigh more than  10,000 pounds must also have a recording device attached. It also applies to any machine currently required to keep Records of Duty Status, equipped with hazmat placards or certain passenger vehicles.

But you didn’t expect a federal law to be that simple did you? There are a number of exceptions, including short-haul drivers with timecard exceptions, older (pre-2000) vehicles, drive-away/tow-away operations and slow-moving equipment like grans that are not statistically a risk to the traveling public. For a full list of exceptions, visit our ELD FAQs page.

Different solutions offer different functionality.

The only requirement the ELD law makes mandatory is that vehicles record data related to vehicle operation and driver hours of service. And if you’re looking for the very basic level of compliance, you can find platforms that offer just that. But other solutions offer a variety of functionality to suit your fleet management needs.

For example, some telematics platforms (like EquipmentShare Track) offer GPS tracking, routing tools, safety reporting and added security.

It will help manage mixed fleets more effectively.

If you settle on a bare-bones ELD platform that provides only the minimum required functionality, you’re sparing your business fines and penalties. But particularly as mixed fleet manager, you’re missing out of key functionality that can help you run your business more easily, more profitably and more securely.

A solution purpose-built for the needs of contractors will provide you with tools and reporting that make managing mixed fleets a lot more efficient. By compiling all your assets into one platform, you’ll save yourself the time and confusion of flipping back and forth between browser windows.

You can generate reports on a variety of topics quickly and easily, helping you identify waste and redundancy, while performing timely maintenance to keep your fleet in great working shape.

Real-time GPS location and breadcrumb trails make it easy to track down any asset, and driver scorecards help you identify potentially unsafe operators. You can track usage and work rate to calculate costs more accurately, and easily identify underutilized equipment. Overall, a good telematics solution will provide benefits in nearly every aspect of your business.

It’s easier than you think.

You’re probably used to how things operate now. And there’s definitely some value in the old adage, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” But you have to get ELD compliant anyway, why not use this as an opportunity to upgrade? The best solutions are turnkey and will work alongside your existing systems like timecards and payroll.

If you’re operating a mixed fleet, it’s in your best interest to find an ELD solution that goes beyond hours of service. You’ll get richer data, better control and a wealth of other benefits.


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