by: Karen Bradley
The ELD mandate is due to go into effect on December 18, 2017. When the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) set the guidelines for technical specifications with regard to ELDs, it was clear that the change would affect a large number of vehicles. This comes with many positives: it reduces paperwork, improves safety and increases compliance.
Looking closely at the mandate, you see there are two options for truck and fleet management companies to choose from; Vehicle-Installed/Mounted ELD and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD). As the situation calls for a fairly immediate HOS solution, it is good to know which option is best for you.
Installed in the cabs of fleet vehicles, these mounted devices display important data to the driver, which primarily includes the hours of service (HOS); from recording on duty, off duty, sleeper hours, hours driven and hours remaining. These devices also can provide monitoring and recording of driving data, such as routes or driver compliance with rules. This information can be monitored in real-time by managers and dispatchers. It ensures Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) compliance, thereby delivering a superior level of security and productivity for your fleet. As an added bonus, fixed ELDs may include a GPS component, so there may be no need to purchase separate tracking devices.
BYOD is where an employee carries their own device (or company provided device) to the job for monitoring and reporting purposes. Software is installed to make the data available on a personal smartphone or tablet and the owner/driver brings the device with them when using the vehicle. Because it seems easier to implement, BYOD is sometimes thought of as the better method, but what are the disadvantages?
In addition to the above comparisons, it is also important to understand the overall quality of service you are getting. Does the BYOD option you are considering offer your training and customer support? While BYOD may appear to be inexpensive at first glance, the total expenses of ownership, ROI and associated benefits give fixed ELDs the clear advantage.
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