You’ve Got Questions, We’ve Got Answers on the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate

The December 2017 deadline is fast approaching to comply with the federal electronic logging device (ELD) mandate. Some truckers are excited about the change. Others are worried. In this post, we’d like to address a few of the commonly asked questions we get about this topic.

“Can I use my smartphone or other mobile device to electronically log records?”

The answer is yes.  Provided the device can be hardwired to your truck engine and has software to interpret and store the appropriate information. Using your existing smartphones and tablets in this way can help alleviate the cost associated with making the switch.

  • hardwired to your truck engine,
  • has software to interpret the data,
  • can store the appropriate information.

Using your existing smartphones and tablets in this way can help alleviate the cost associated with making the switch.

“I’ve heard that electronic record-keeping can help me make more money. Is this true?”

As you know, the only way the driver can make money is by getting miles. Every task that takes a trucker away from the wheel can reduce their income. This includes the task of updating a paper log book. The new electronic devices free transportation pros from this chore, giving them more time to increase their income.

“Will the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate help me get better assignments?”

Dealing with a dispatcher is part of everyday life for a trucker. Sometimes the relationship between the two can become strained, especially when those on the dispatch end don’t have up-to-date information. Electronic record-keeping will give dispatchers current data on driver status, enabling them to assign loads more intelligently.

“What can I do to prepare for the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate’s effect on my business?”

One of the best ways to enable your company to run easier and more profitably is to choose the right transportation software. That’s where TruckingOffice comes into the picture. Take it for a free test drive and see for yourself what we mean. And feel free to call us at any time! We’d love to hear your thoughts about the electronic logging book (ELD) mandate.