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What You Need for a Successful ELD Integration

by Charlotte Freed | Dec 17, 2018

Successfully integrating ELDSIt has been a monumental year for ELDs. Compliance has been a challenge and continues to be for many fleets, even nearly a year after the rule went into effect. Still, there are many companies who have found ELDs to be a success for their businesses.

What are the common threads we note about the companies reaping benefits from ELDs outside of compliance?

Stakeholder Support

When implementing ELDs, make sure the messaging is clear as to why you’re making the shift. Aside from regulation, companies shared the purpose of safer drivers, better informed management and decision makers, and operational efficiency. When all stakeholders of various areas of your business understand the importance relating to them, they may find ways to integrate ELDs into their realm of work too, finding ways for everyone to get involved with implementation.

Tech Compatibility

Look at your operation’s specific needs – they’re likely different from another fleet’s, and the ELD you choose should reflect that. Determine what features and factors are most important for you and compare them to the federal requirements, different ELD capabilities, and availability. You may or may not need satellite connectivity, high ping frequency (which tracks and collects trip data), or custom APIs – but it’s important to visit what may be important in different scenarios.

User Friendly

Like any other piece of technology, it’s much more likely to be embraced if it’s intuitive and relatively easy to use – for managers, admins, drivers, and everyone in between. Focus on a seamless experience, whether from the seat of a vehicle, behind a desk online, or in front of a driver kiosk. Ideally, let your team test a system before full implementation – and listen to their valuable feedback. As they are the ones utilizing the system day-to-day, it’s vital they can use and support the implementation.

In-person Training

While webinars, conference calls, and handbooks all have their place, face-to-face training is far more impactful for drivers and in many cases, as follow-up for admin and management.

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