And just like that, the end of the automatic on-board recording devices (AOBRD) era is coming to an end. By the end of 2019, AOBRD will no longer be allowed to be used in the trucking industry and carriers will need to switch over to the new system, electronic logging devices (ELDs).
What happens if I am still using an AOBRD?
The ELD Mandate allowed fleets a two year grandfather clause to use AOBRDs until they can have more time to transition into ELDs. According to logisticmgmt.com, more than half of the 3.5 million Class 8 trucks now in use will require or need to have a significant ELD upgrade replacement. That’s a huge number of fleets and drivers that will not only need to make a change to their system, but also to their daily routines.
Switching from paper logs or an AOBRD to an ELD system is not a quick switch. Finding a solution that is going to fit your company’s needs and provide you with data that you can use to your advantage is crucial. Fleets that spent money on a “quick fix” ELD option are now looking for a different provider a year later because they realize it’s not what they need long term. Their competitors are offering customers more and it’s ultimately hurting their business.
What can I expect when I switch to an ELD platform?
One huge task to tackle when switching to an ELD platform is making sure your drivers are caught up to speed on the system and are happy with the platform. Training will take the most time, but it’s also the most important. Making sure your drivers are able to navigate through the ELD device and are able to understand the new legislation will help keep your fleet stay in compliance and avoid any unnecessary fines.
When choosing an ELD provider, you should look into someone who has more to offer than just keeping you in compliance. Many companies potentially see a greater ROI when they look into an electronic field ticketing system that helps cut down on manual work orders and paper handling. Specifically, being able to communicate with your drivers and operators in the field about last minute jobs or being able to dispatch the closest vehicle can help you go a long way. Analyzing this data can help you cut down on fuel costs and have more accurate billing transactions with your customers.
Where do I go from here?
Switching providers is no easy task. It takes time to analyze the ins and outs of your business and what will work for you. AssetWorks Field Service Solutions (FSS) will not only help you develop a training plan for your drivers, but will also help you dig into your day-to-day routines and show you how to streamline your processes.
Schedule a free demo today to see why you should switch to AssetWorks as your ELD provider.