Logbooks for truck drivers have been a source of controversy for decades. Originally meant to ensure that drivers were alert and well rested when behind the wheel, some people contend that they have just the opposite effect, encouraging truckers to falsify records and/or use illegal drugs to stay awake longer. How widespread such abuses are is a matter of debate. Due to the move towards electronic logging devices, however, such concerns may soon become a thing of the past.
ELD and HOS
Electronic logging programs work along with GPS systems to record hours of service (HOS) records automatically. They include start times, days on duty, the amount of drive time since the last rest period, cumulative drive times within an 8-day period, and total distance covered within a 24-hour period. Sleeper berth and off-duty times are also recorded.
This data is recorded and transmitted through a message display terminal (MDT) that is located in the cab. A simple push of a button sends it off through a wireless network to computers for storage. The information includes the driver’s name, which vehicle he or she is operating, the trailer number, and the freight company.
Of course, not everyone is happy with the move towards electronic logbooks. Organizations that represent owner-operators, for example, complain that requiring drivers to use them imposes unfair financial burdens on small business people, who are already struggling with unrealistic delivery expectations and inadequate pay. Others are taking a different approach, claiming to have figured out ways to tamper with the devices that would allow drivers to ignore mandatory DOT rest and mileage rules. We don’t recommend that.
Paper Log Books
Despite these efforts, it appeared that the old-fashioned paper logbook will go the way of the milkman and the Model T. Most major carriers are required to use ELDs logbooks, and Uncle Sam requires that carriers with a history of safety violations must install them on their trucks.
There was a time when we wondered if electronic logbooks for truck drivers lead to a new era of safe driving. Are they just another expensive government mandate that will do little good? The debate is far from over.
One thing that’s beyond debate, however, is the fact that TruckingOffice is the best software for professional drivers on the market period; TruckingOffice can handle your dispatches, invoices, IFTA records, expense tracking, and maintenance.
Benefits of Using Our ELD Software
Aside from DOT compliance, ELD software can benefit your company in a number of ways. Of course, your first concern is whether the electronic logging device you purchased meets ELD standards set forth by the FMCSA. Many of the devices are self-certified, which means they may not be compliant.
Your next area of concern is getting the right ELD software. This process will be easier if you know what to expect from a reliable, affordable product. Here are some of the benefits of our TruckingOffice ELD software that will make your job easier:
- Tracking automatically HOS.
- Saves money by tracking excessive idling time which reduces fuel wastage.
- Fleet managers can monitor vehicles via GPS which improves productivity.
- ELD data can serve as evidence in proving a driver’s fault or innocence in accidents.
- Helps prevent accidents caused by driver fatigue or bad driving habits which leads to improved CSA scores.
Overall, our ELD software will simplify all recordkeeping, increase productivity, and maximize profits.
Trucking Software and ELD
To our minds, the ideal trucking management system is going to integrate the trucking business software and the ELD.
- Provides the exact numbers for an accurate IFTA and IRP filings.
- Tracks location of freight for the customer
- Allows for immediate invoicing after deliveries
- Tracks maintenance – done and scheduled – for inspections and audits
- Shows trucking business reports that show how the business is growing.
If you’d like to know more, take advantage of this free trial of TruckingOffice trucking software to find out why you need TruckingOffice on board.