Mark Schedler - Sr. DOT Editor - J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc.
June 05 , 2020
You've likely heard the news that starting in September, the CDL-driver short-haul exception will allow a 14-hour work window and a 150 air-mile radius. Your first reaction may have been an enthusiastic, “Now, I can get rid of ELDs for my local drivers!”
But wait just a minute!
If you’re considering pulling ELDs from your short-haul vehicles, think about these three ELD benefits:
The telematics data provided by an ELD can alert you to drivers who need coaching due to working too many hours, traveling at excessive speeds or hard-braking, idling the truck excessively, and drivers choosing inefficient routes or aren’t where they should be.
ELDs have the data that can help you become a more efficient operation:
Maintenance issues are many carriers’ greatest operational challenge. A useful tool to reduce downtime and violations are electronic driver vehicle inspection reports (eDVIRs). It’s a feature available in many ELD solutions, including the J. J. Keller® Encompass ELD solution.
Electronic DVIRs enhance the accuracy and efficiency of driver vehicle inspections and drive accountability for vehicle repairs. An electronic inspection checklist can reinforce your company’s vehicle inspection process, provide consistent proof of inspections, and can be more efficient for recording defects in harsh weather. Some solutions allow a driver to submit images of defects. A picture of a cracked weld or exposed tire tread convey the severity of a defect in an instant and spur immediate action.
Can you imagine going back to a paper timecard as your only way to see the daily activity of your drivers and vehicles?
Consider using an ELD provider that allows you to “flag” the exempt drivers in the back office as "exempt" drivers. This feature will enable you to see the driver's location, but it will not track the driver's incoming records as a driver's log. The driver only needs to log in at the beginning of the day and log out at the end of the day.
ELDs offer more than just an hours-of-service compliance solution. With 24 x 7 vehicle tracking and telematics, you can manage unsafe behavior, minimize potential liability, reduce your maintenance expenses, and increase your fleet's productivity and efficiency. If you don’t have access to the data, how can you take advantage of the short-haul exception changes?
Learn more about J. J. Keller’s ELD solution, with the flexibility to manage every driver — local, exempt, and over-the-road — with FREE ELD’s for a limited time.
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