The FMCSA has proposed that interstate commercial truck and bus companies soon be required to use ELDs (Electronic Logging Device) in their vehicles to improve compliance with HOS Rules. Although the latest projection for the final rule is now around the fourth quarter of 2015, many owner-operators and fleets are deciding to go ahead now and replace the paperwork burden of manual logs with electronic logging.
But where do you start and what should you look for in an ELD, and are there benefits to switching from manual logs to an ELD sooner than mandated?
In this article, we discuss the VDO RoadLog ELD and outline five favorite features that drivers, owner operators, fleets, and even roadside inspectors, say they love the most.
1. No monthly fees/no contracts
Ease of use and affordability have made the VDO RoadLog popular among drivers, owner operators and small to medium fleets. There are no monthly fees or contracts to worry about and it’s the lowest cost solution for full regulatory compliance.You’ll get fast, accurate, and easy reporting on a budget. A budget that doesn’t have to be dipped into month after month.
2. Built-in Printer – print and go at roadside inspections
When going through a road-side inspection, we all want to hear the “You’re good to go!” from the inspector as quickly as possible. And the built-in printer helps make that happen. Simply print your logs right from your truck, and hand them to the compliance officer – the same as you’ve done with manual logs. The printout is similar to the log book style so the inspector is able to quickly and easily view and interpret the data – making the printer a feature that the roadside inspector appreciates just as much as the driver. The printout immediately eliminates any technology compatibility issues with having to transfer/display data electronically at a roadside inspection. And, because it is a thermal printer, it never requires any ink.
3. Automatic software updates – Keeps you current with the latest changes
Keeping up to date with the most current FMCSA regulations is now automatic.
When there’s a change to an FMCSA regulation, and there’s been 5 concerning HOS within the last 2 years, your VDO software will automatically update to reflect the latest regulations so you can rest assured you’re always in the know.
If you’re about to exceed any of the upcoming limits, it will even send you an alert letting you know — helping you steer clear of compliance violations and fines as much as possible.
NOTE: A new software update is now available: On January 26, 2015, Continental Commercial Vehicles & Aftermarket, the manufacturers of the VDO RoadLog ELD, released a free software update to address the FMCSA’s decision to temporarily suspend the 34-hour restart rule revision instituted in July 2013. The software updates are free and automatically available online at http://www.vdoroadlog.com/software-downloads to registered VDO RoadLog owners.
4. Your edge to getting the best loads
Because fleets may receive more favorable insurance rates if they can show that their drivers are operating in compliance, it benefits them to hire a driver who is already ELD equipped. These drivers are able to show that they operate safely and within compliance and can have a positive impact on a fleet’s CSA scores. Additionally, it can give a driver an advantage when it comes to receiving the best loads from their favorite carriers. For many drivers, this advantage has been their motivator for going ahead and making the switch from paper logs now.
If you are an owner-operator, you may also be interested in this article from Overdrive – “An owner-operator option for ELDs.”
5. Automatically generate your logs – no calculator needed
Use the VDO RoadLog not only for tracking Hours of Service, but also for recording a whole host of other data automatically. Data, such as DVIR, IFTA and IRP, is also captured and provides a complete FMCSA compliant report you can use to run your trucking operations safer and more efficiently.
Download pdf of the VDO RoadLog product brochure
Video – VDO RoadLog ELD – Electronic Logging Device Overview
The VDO RoadLog ELD can help you stay in compliance, protect your CSA scores and make operations safer and more profitable.
Video – VDO RoadLog – Buyer’s Guide
Great video to guide you through the essentials of what to buy to get up and running with the VDO RoadLog ELD.
VDO RoadLog™ was developed by Continental, the global leader in regulatory compliance systems, with over six million electronic logging devices in use worldwide.
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