Implementing an ELD solution for your team doesn’t need to be difficult. But it will take some time, and it needs to be properly planned for.
The FMCSA’s official deadline for having an ELD solution in place is December 18, 2017. But waiting until a month, or a few weeks (!), before that deadline… well, it’s like taking a canoe up that famous creek without a paddle.
InSight can help you avoid an ELD implementation nightmare. We’ve got multiple elog solutions that are proven, priced right, easy to learn, and always come with personalized service and support. Click here to schedule a free consultation to learn more about InSight’s ELD solution.
InSight has you covered with our StreetEagle Utility Tablet:
InSight’s StreetEagle Compliance Tablet is the perfect choice to get up and running quickly:
The StreetEagle ELD application will run on most Android-based tablets, but is FMCSA-certified to run on the Samsung Tab E. With its large display and Verizon LTE connectivity, the Samsung Galaxy TAB E is an ideal BYOD choice to help fleets improve workflow efficiencies and drive results.
The StreetEagle ELD software running on the Samsung TAB E is identical to the software that runs on the SE Utility and Compliance Tablets and includes Fuel Management, IFTA data and the ability to add other, customer-sourced business applications. InSight also provides a ruggedized docking station and mounting solution designed specifically for the Samsung TAB E.
Here’s a breakdown of the various stages and activities that need to be planned for to comply with the ELD mandate, along with estimated time frames:
Organizations that need to comply with the eLogs mandate should be well into the process of choosing a reliable, experienced ELD partner to work with by now. They should be able to answer your questions and provide a solution that’s easy to use, but at least as important is their ability and willingness to support you after the sale with training to use their driver’s logbook, customer care and technical support, and guidance to help you implement and roll out the solution to your team.
According to recent research from C. J. Driscoll & Associates, the demand for ELD solutions will skyrocket in the final quarter of 2017 – and the major question is, if you put off researching and/or purchasing a solution, will the equipment (in-vehicle hardware, tablets for drivers) you need be available to deploy to ensure your compliance? As the year goes on, this is going to become a more and more urgent question – and a huge problem for fleets that have waited to deploy elogs.
Implementation is a crucial in deploying an ELD solution – you need to consider both the time it will take to purchase and roll out tablets and install in-vehicle hardware, but also the willingness and expertise of your vendor to ensure a smooth transition. Deploying elogs is not simply a matter of handing an app or tablet to your drivers and saying, “now we’re compliant.” An experienced vendor will walk through the process alongside you, every step of the way.
Another very important factor to think about is, what will my vendor do to help us get our drivers up to speed with the ELD application? There should be training programs in place, guided by your vendor – and, ideally, tutorials built into the driver’s logbook software to help driver get familiar with how to use it. An experienced ELD provider will also help you to monitor user training and determine which team members have completed theirs and which haven’t.
Finally, you need both time and a period of time for allowing employees to use the solution in the context of their daily work. How easy is the elogs application to use in the first place? Your team will need time to familiarize themselves with the solution, ask questions and use it in real-life scenarios. This is the true test of any ELD solution – it needs to be planned for when deciding your compliance time frame.
InSight offers an ELD only option, basic tracking features through StreetEagle plus ELD, and StreetEagle Professional tracking solutions with ELD. Multiple tablet options are available as well.
For more information on the ELD mandate, who is affected and who isn’t, and its requirements for compliance, the FMCSA web site has multiple resources that should be helpful: