With the April 1st deadline quickly approaching, drivers without an electronic logging device installed in their vehicle will soon be placed out of commission. Being placed out of commission means being unable to drive legally, which ultimately hurts your career long term and your wallet. Many drivers put off buying an ELD due to common misconceptions or because they see ELDs as something complicated and unnecessary, but we are here to bust a few of the top myths related to e-logs.
ELDs Are Another Way for Big Brother to Keep Watch
E-logs might seem like another set of eyes for the government, but the only people who see the information recorded by your ELD are you and authorized employees at your trucking company. While authorized individuals can pinpoint your location with your vehicle’s ELD, the government does not have regular access to this information. In fact, the ELD mandate includes privacy provisions designed to ease drivers’ worry. The department of transportation (DOT) will not have access to your location data and they won’t be able to track your every move.
ELDs Automatically Report HOS Violations to the DOT
The ELD mandate was put in place to make recording hours of service easier and more accurate, not to crack down on drivers. The DOT’s goal is to increase safety on the roads, not make life harder on truckers. Officers can see if a driver is over the legal limit on hours of service (HOS) if a driver is stopped; however, HOS violations are in no way automatically sent into law enforcement once recorded. So, unless you’ve been stopped for a roadside inspection, traffic infraction, or FMCSA compliance audit, officers have no way to see any HOS violations. Electronic logging devices are simply a direct replacement to paper logs: ELDs don’t send any data to government agencies or automatically trigger any violations.
ELDs Require Trucker Interaction While Driving
With the rise of smartphones has come the rise of texting and driving, and looking at the phone instead of paying attention to the road. Because so many of these instances end in collisions or death, worrying about using your smartphone-based ELD on the road is a valid concern; however, it’s an unnecessary one. While smartphone-based ELDs require a login, once the driver has signed in and wheels are rolling, everything else is automatic. E-logs require no trucker interaction once HOS are being recorded, so you never have to be on your phone while driving.
ELD Mandate Compliance With Konexial
If you have yet to purchase your e-log, time is running out. April 1, 2018, is quickly approaching, but luckily, My20 ELD products are available to help. From independent owner/operators to fleets of any size, Konexial’s trucking telematics can work for you. Check out our products on our website or contact us today for more ELD information.