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5 Tips for a Smooth ELD Transition

5 Tips for a Smooth ELD Transition

With the ELD Mandate less than two months away, it’s time to get serious about implementing electronic logs. We recognize the concerns expressed by owner-operators, small fleets, and larger operations alike, so we have compiled these five key tips to ensure a smooth and painless transition to ELDs without disrupting business or jeopardizing compliance. 

1: Know what you want from your technology service provider. Ask yourself, “Do I just need basic ELD compliance, or do I want a broader technology package?” If the answer is basic compliance, choose a simple solution that can be implemented as seamlessly as possible. If you are looking for a broader set of digital tools, you need to think though a slightly larger budget, and expect to invest more time into a change management process (training drivers, fleet managers, safety personnel, etc.) in order to get the most out of new technology. 

2: Choose an ELD that is the least disruptive to your business. Look for a simple, plug-and-play solution that leverages the mobile devices your drivers already use. Utilizing technology already familiar to your drivers reduces costs and makes change management much easier for fleet managers, so you can be totally confident about becoming compliant before December 18. 

3: Think about the return on your investment. If you are only looking for ELD compliance, the most important part of the ROI equation is what you spend on the device and how you use it moving forward. Over a five year period, monthly fees become a serious expense, so look for an option with little or no monthly fees to maximize your return. As for how you use it, an ELD itself can provide improvements to efficiency through automated logging and tracking of duty status records and HOS; ensure these benefits by training drivers and office staff to most effectively use new technology. Your ROI can also be improved through other services, such as automated IFTA Fuel Tax reporting, offered by your technology service provider.

4: Choose a reputable and dependable partner. The ELD Mandate isn’t going anywhere, so you want a technology service provider you can trust will be around long-term. A company like ZED that is powered by Cummins has commitment to the trucking industry that existed well before the ELD Mandate and will continue far beyond, something that cannot be said about many of the 120+ other offerings in the field. Even with the simplest system, new technology requires time and effort to implement, so this is something you should avoid doing every year. Choose a partner in whom you can trust investing time, money, and training, and choose a partner who is expandable and can grow with you as you grow your business. 

5: Change you mindset about the ELD Mandate. Like it or not, you can’t change the law, but you can embrace ELDs as a positive step toward improving overall efficiency down the road. Make the best of the new legislation and chose an ELD partner fits your specific needs: If you want to just get compliant because the law says so, choose a simple solution. If you think your business can benefit for other digital services, keep the long-term relationship and expandability in mind. Match your ELD to your business. 

With these key pieces of advice in mind, ZED Connect becomes an ideal fit for businesses seeking a range of technology solutions. For those who simply want ELD compliance, ZED’s zero fee guarantee and plug-and-play nature offer that as cheaply and easily as possible. And for those seeking more from their technology service provider, ZED is a reputable long-term solution backed by Cummins with a platform that can be easily expanded to facilitate automated IFTA Fuel Tax reporting, diagnostic reporting, and many more innovative fleet management solutions to be released in the near future.