There’s no denying that having an ELD solution in place can help you reach high levels of safety, savings, and efficiency in your trucking business. Unfortunately, the implementation and adoption of ELD devices can be a challenge. Even if everything is rolled out perfectly, there’s still a likelihood that errors will occur along the way. The good news is, you can prevent that from happening right from the onset. But how do you do that?
Avoid Uncertified Suppliers Like the Plague
With the increase in demand for ELD devices, there’s an upsurge in the number of unregistered and uncertified service providers looking to win your business. Falling prey of these suppliers may induce compliant issues in the future, and you don’t want that to happen. Therefore, as you evaluate potential vendors, be sure to confirm that they can fulfill all the ELD standards as stipulated in the mandate. If they can’t, don’t hesitate to take your business elsewhere.
Use an In-Cab Device That Connects to Multiple Carrier Networks
Too often, Electronic Logging Device errors are caused by issues with dropped wireless coverage. Perhaps, this is because most tablet- or phone-based ELDs rely on a single carrier network. Depending on where your truck or fleet operates, gaps in network coverage can range from acceptable to critical levels impacting operations, safety, and compliance.
While using several ELD-enabled mobile devices may seem to solve the problem, it’s not a cost-effective option, especially if you have a large fleet. That’s why you need an in-cab technology that can connect to multiple carrier networks.
Lack of proper training is another cause for errors. Drivers and fleet managers with insufficient training can sometimes contribute to inaccurate logging. To avoid this, you need to ensure that everyone receives proper training. More importantly, your provider should be available to offer help and support whenever you need them.
Future-Proof Your Investment
Meeting the current ELD standards is, without a doubt, the best thing you can do for your trucking company. But why not look beyond the present?
For example, most carrier networks will be shutting down their 2G and 3G technologies before 2021. If your provider is not up to speed or concerned about such changes, your current solutions will soon turn into useless boxes. Things will get even worse if this happens while you’re in the middle of your contract. So keep an eye out for technological changes. Above all, make sure that your vendor is keeping up with the emerging trends in the industry and is ready to help you plan ahead.
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