Be prepared: tips for a successful ELD rollout

Published on January 4, 2021

With the Canadian ELD just around the corner, transportation companies and drivers need to review their Hours of Service (HOS) compliance plan. Effective June 12, 2021, Canadian commercial truck drivers and transport vehicles must use electronic logging devices to track and report their Hours of Service – regardless of fleet size. While many drivers are already familiar with the ins-and-outs of ELDs, as the U.S. implemented their mandate in 2019, there are still a lot of trucking companies dragging their feet.

“By failing to prepare, you’re preparing to fail.” – Benjamin Franklin

According to a Today’s Trucking survey released in October, 37 per cent of respondents said they’re unprepared for the June 12 mandate. Of those surveyed, 45 per cent of respondents are not even using ELDs today. If you wait too long, you may find yourself scrambling come the spring. Rolling out electronic logging devices across your company can’t happen overnight. Most businesses say it takes about six months for employees to understand and feel comfortable using the new technology. If your drivers are familiar with paper logging and are suddenly expected to use a smartphone or tablet app, will the transition be seamless? We’ll let you think about that. In the meantime, here are some tips for a successful ELD rollout.

1. Review hours of service policies and procedures

Ensure your fleet managers and drivers understand the Canadian HOS regulations. In the latest International Roadcheck Blitz, held between September 9-11, 50,000 vehicles were inspected across North America. For driver-related issues in Canada, hours of service violations topped the list at 73.7 per cent. In the U.S., hours of service accounted for 32.5 per cent of driver-related violations. Having a quality ELD implementation partner, like Northern BI, will certainly minimize the number of violations obtained by your fleet.

2. ELD training

We can’t stress enough the importance of a solid ELD training plan. Too often, companies introduce a new tool and expect employees to figure it out. That process may work for some, but when Canadian HOS issues account for 25 per cent of driver-violations, your bottom line can take a big hit. Fortunately, Northern BI has your back. We don’t like to brag, but we do ELD training best! From fleet managers to drivers and everyone in-between, our Geotab experts will ensure your team is set up for ELD success.

3. Auditing and ongoing support

Once you’ve loaded the software and plugged the ELD into your vehicle’s OBD port, the rollout has just begun. Like most technology, there’s a continuous learning curve of updates and added features. With Northern BI on your side, a designated Customer Success Manager will create a plan to coach your team from start to finish. And if you ever need more support, they’re just a phone call or email away. Our customers really do get the royal treatment.

Setting aside time to find the best electronic logging device to meet your business’s needs and budget is always a sound investment. Prepare your fleet by partnering with a qualified Geotab re-seller who knows what it takes to achieve ELD success. Contact a Geotab solutions expert at Northern BI today!

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