ELD, DVIR and IFTA: The Three Pillars of Driver Compliance
Drivers in construction, trucking and other regulated industries have to comply with many state and federal mandates—and their employers are increasingly accountable for any violations. This article examines three compliance issues that will be critical in 2017: electronic logbooks, vehicle inspection reports, and the international fuel tax agreement.
The Electronic Logging Device (ELD) Mandate
The new federal mandate requires companies operating vehicles of 10,000 pounds or more to use an ELD. These devices monitor two things which were previously tracked using pen and paper:
- Drivers’ hours of service (HOS), and
- Pre- and post-trip vehicle inspections
The federal government has given companies two years to comply with this mandate, which takes effect on January 1, 2017. By that time, companies need to have some kind of solution—whether it uses a smartphone, tablet, laptop, or any other device—that complies with federal regulations for tracking HOS and vehicle inspection reports.
The StreetEagle platform provides businesses with a complete solution for ELD compliance that can utilize employee- or company-owned phones or tablets. StreetEagle connects to the vehicle’s black box and can generate reports as required by federal regulations.
What’s unique about the StreetEagle electronic logbook is that it provides a single interface that is very simple for drivers to learn. Companies frequently struggle with ELD deployment because the interface is difficult to use—there are too many bells and whistles and not enough focus on making the core functions easy for users. StreetEagle provides a very intuitive way for companies to transition from paper logs to electronic logs. We believe this is essential in getting drivers to adopt the technology.
Drivers’ Vehicle Inspection Reports (DVIR)
StreetEagle also provides a solution for electronic DVIR, which is required under the ELD mandate. With StreetEagle, if a piece of equipment fails the driver’s inspection, an alert is sent to a supervisor when the DVIR is submitted. The entire maintenance scheduling process can be automated, enabling the company to fix the problem and get the vehicle back up and running without delay.
International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) Reporting
Companies have been complying with IFTA for a long time, but now they are faced with the challenge of implementing technology to automate compliance. The StreetEagle platform tracks mileage accumulated by state—automating a process that drivers have traditionally executed manually.
By coupling mileage information with fuel data being collected through a fuel card or onsite fueling system, companies can significantly streamline the process of IFTA compliance. At the end of each quarter, StreetEagle makes it easy to accurately determine the tax owed to each state based on mileage and fuel purchase data.
Companies in construction, utilities, and natural resources can also use StreetEagle to calculate off-road miles for fuel tax rebates. The system automatically tracks whether a vehicle is on a federal or state highway and captures fuel and mileage data. In addition, StreetEagle helps companies get tax rebates for fuel that was used for non-driving activities, such as operating a pump, drill, or bucket truck.
StreetEagle: Your Comprehensive Solution for Driver Compliance
Failure to ensure that your drivers are in compliance with these mandates can be costly. Your company could be subject to a disruptive audit if one of your vehicles is pulled over and violations are discovered because the driver wasn’t logging their hours, inspection reports, or fuel mileage correctly.
Compliance, Safety, and Accountability (CSA) scores are also affected by these types of violations. Because some companies require a certain score when they contract with driving companies, a business could find its customer base wiped out overnight by serious infractions.
StreetEagle is your flexible, all-in-one solution for ELD, DVIR, and IFTA compliance—as well as other vehicle and asset tracking functions, dispatch and routing, driver behavior monitoring, maintenance management, and more. Contact InSight Mobile Data to learn more about how this powerful platform can help improve your operations on the road and in the field.