Making the transition to ELD

 

Making the transition to ELD

Source: FleetAnswers Whether you've already had your deadline and are fumbling with adapting to ELD technology, or you are still waiting for your deadline to arrive, you may find yourself wishing for some help to make this transition just a little bit smoother. Here are some tips that will help you quickly transition to this new required technology.

  • Choose Technology That Fits Your Needs

If you're going from paper logs to electronic logs, the new technology, and related expense, may seem daunting, but don't let that keep you from choosing wisely. You need to choose the ELD solution that will meet your needs, both now and in the future, not just the one that provides the cheapest option. You may wish to incorporate other benefits into your ELD solution so you can maximize your fleet management efforts, so shop carefully for the technology that will help you grow.

  • Have the Right Approach

Your team may feel a little frustrated by the technology and some drivers may even give some pushback against it. Fleet management professionals can help to mitigate some of this by having a positive attitude of their own. Technology is here to stay in the modern fleet, so be willing to embrace it and its benefits now. Your team will catch your enthusiasm if you do.

  • Give Yourself Some Time

Transitioning to anything that represents a serious change takes time. Give yourself the benefit of time as you make the change to ELD from paper logs. Your fleet management team, your drivers and potentially even your customers are going to need a little but of time to adjust, so don't wait until the deadline is looming to make the switch.

  • Schedule Training Time

Making the change is not going to be automatic for anyone in your fleet. You will want to schedule some time for training purposes. Make sure everyone knows how and when to use the system, what it can and cannot do, and how to make the most out of having it in the trucks, before you launch it in full force.

  • Tighten Compliance Before Switching

Have you gotten lax on your hours-of-compliance enforcement? Start tightening up on this and insisting on accurate paper logs before switching to electronic. This will eliminate the problem of trying to enforce hours-of-service compliance along with the addition of new technology to the fleet. When you do make the switch and have an easy way to discover violations, your drivers and supervisors will already be used to strict compliance requirements.

  • Implement the ELD in Phases

Once you've trained your team and created a positive attitude about the ELDs, you can start rolling them out. Make sure that you do this thoughtfully, though. You'll want to start with a test of the devices and use before implementing them across the fleet.

Consider installing the devices on the trucks driven by your top drivers, then see what struggles or concerns are raised. This will allow you to tweak the system so that it's working perfectly when installed across your fleet. If your fleet is large enough and you've given yourself enough time, gradually increase the pool of drivers and supervisors until the entire fleet has been included, giving each group a little time to adjust before moving to the next.

As you can see, implementing ELD technology is going to bring some challenges. By being smart about the process, you'll be able to start enjoying the benefits of ELD technology with minimal disruption and frustration.

This article is part of our ELD series:

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