Choosing an ELD Provider: Do Your Homework

According to Truckinginfo.com, Deborah Lockridge offers insight for how to choose an electronic logging device (ELD) provider and what you need to know before ELDs become mandatory.

With the ELD Mandate in full swing, if you haven’t begun researching ELD providers, the time is now! It may be tempting to start by looking at the list of devices that are self-certified on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA) website, but, unfortunately, these devices may not meet the requirements of the ELD Mandate.

“We are implementing and cautiously testing our ELD products before registering them on the FMSCA website. With over 35 years of deploying in-cab mobile computing devices and fleet management technology, we have a proven track-record of success and ability to provide confidence to our clients that our products meet the requirements of the ELD mandate while offering additional functionality.”
— Mike Koebel, Sales Director, AssetWorks Field Service Solutions

“One of the most important things to keep in mind as you choose an ELD provider and system is that the agency does not verify that the devices are compliant,” says Lockridge.

To certify an ELD platform companies conduct their own tests and claim that they are compliant, but in reality, a provider on this list may be pulled from it because they are non-compliant.

Many of the major providers of ELDs, such as AssetWorks, are not on the FMSCA list yet.

“We are implementing and cautiously testing our ELD products before registering them on the FMSCA website. With over 35 years of deploying in-cab mobile computing devices and fleet management technology, we have a proven track-record of success and ability to provide confidence to our clients that our products meet the requirements of the ELD mandate while offering additional functionality”, says Mike Koebel, Sales Director of AssetWorks Field Service Solutions.

Many new companies are appearing in the electronic logging device market due to the opportunity of the ELD mandate, but you should be careful of choosing a new provider. Switching from paper to electronic logs takes time, and training drivers may provide some challenges. It is crucial to choose an ELD provider that offers a high-quality customer care team, like AssetWorks. Additionally, you should be confident that your provider is stable and will be able to support your fleet for years into the future.

Asking the right questions, performing due-diligence and conducting research is key. You can start by signing up for a demo to see our ELD platform options today

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