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Electronic logging devices (ELDs) are mandated for all carriers as part of legislation enacted by Congress with the passing of MAP-21. This legislation is meant to foster a safer work environment and ensure that those on the road can accurately track, manage, and share their Record of Duty Status (RODS) data.

ELDs sync with a vehicle’s engine and record driving times to share the most accurate information possible about Hours of Service (HOS).

But not all ELDs are created equal, and some are more intuitive and helpful than others.
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As an owner-operator, here’s what you should know about finding the best possible ELD for you.

Why Use an ELD?

As it stands, all qualifying vehicles and carriers must adopt ELDs as part of their operations. This change, which went into effect in 2019, has led to some major positive outcomes.
For starters, ELDs make the road safer for everyone by addressing carrier fatigue and holding drivers accountable to HOS regulations. It makes for a safer work environment and provides carriers with the break time they need to stay fresh and alert on the road.

Because of ELDs, truck drivers have been involved in:

  • 1,844 fewer crashes annually.
  • 562 fewer injuries each year.
  • 26 fewer traffic fatalities.

But ELDs offer financial incentives for carriers and owner-operators as well. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, ELDs have resulted in:

  • $570 million saved in crash reductions each year.
  • $2.4 billion saved in paperwork annually.
  • $1.2 billion in net annual savings.

ELDs have positively impacted driver safety, and save carriers time and money. With less time spent on paperwork, an ELD means you have more time to find freight and haul loads.

Finding the Right ELD for You

As an owner-operator, you’re responsible for obtaining and using an ELD, but which one best fits your needs? Could your ELD be doing more for you? Here are a few considerations to keep in mind.

FMCSA Compliance

The best ELD for you will depend on your needs as an owner-operator, but there are some requirements that all ELDs must meet as outlined by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Without exception, your ELD should be registered and self-certified through the FMCSA, and it must satisfy all technical requirements.

Your ELD equipment should comply with the ELD mandates, or you could face an eight-hour out-of-service penalty. Violations can also harm your safety measurement score, or you may even end up being investigated by the FMCSA.

The FMCSA requires that all ELDs must record:

  • Engine power status
  • Vehicle motion status
  • Miles driven
  • Location, with accuracy that falls within a 1-mile radius
  • Engine hours, recorded in 60-minute increments
  • Identification of driver or an authorized user, their vehicle, and motor carrier
  • Duty status
  • Data must be transferable
  • Driver certification at the end of every 24-hour period

These ELDs must also allow for separate logins for driver and administrative user accounts. You can check to ensure the ELD you’ve found meets FMCSA compliance requirements here.

Intuitive, All-in-One Features

Some ELDs are just that: electronic logging devices that fulfill the requirements set forth by the FMCSA and nothing more. But others offer additional features that can help carriers and owner-operators maximize their efficiency and maintain regulatory compliance.

To get more out of your ELD look for a device that offers:

  • Reporting and tracking of International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) miles by state
  • Management of Driver Vehicle Inspection Reports (DVIRs)
  • GPS management and location tracking

The Xpress Technologies ELD, which is designed for simple plug-n-play installation in your truck’s diagnostic port, offers all of these features, as well as eLog reporting, at no cost to you. And while that may be unique, what makes the Xpress Technologies ELD completely different from other ELDs is that it’s designed to make you more profitable. The Xpress Technologies ELD integrates with the Xpress Technologies digital load board and mobile application to optimize your freight mix by recommending loads that are tailored to your preferences. With the Xpress Technologies ELD, you can also gain access to dedicated freight opportunities that are right for you. You’ll spend less time looking for freight so you can spend more time helping your business grow.

Avoid High Costs

The FMCSA reports that the price of an ELD averages at $495 annually, with prices ranging from $165 to $832 per year, per truck. This becomes an expensive charge for a tool that’s required to run your business. With ELDs, carriers’ net annual savings have increased by reducing costs related to crashes, paperwork and more. ELDs should help save on costs, not eat into your fixed cost budget.

At Xpress Technologies we believe carriers shouldn’t have to spend an arm and a leg just to get the tools you need to run and grow your business. That’s why we offer our ELD equipment at no cost to carriers.

When you pair the ELD with the Xpress Technologies App, you avoid costs and can take advantage of our new, innovative map search that shows loads nearby. All you need to do is tap and book. Upgrade your success by favoriting your preferred lanes, days of week, hours of day, and more.

Through the Xpress Technologies App you have access to our freight marketplace, at no cost, which recommends loads tailored to meet your specific needs and preferences with the ability to manually search and filter results. Loads from the Xpress Technologies App are tailored to save you time and fit your needs.

Discover the Xpress Technologies Difference

ELD compliance standards are complex and confusing at times. Still, they can make all the difference in how much time you spend demonstrating compliance with industry regulations, freeing you up to find more freight and boost your cash flow.

Our ELD system, digital load board, traditional brokerage, and mobile app are all designed to enable owner-operators and carriers to do what they do best. To learn more about how the Xpress Technologies ELD can help you run an efficient and compliant business, get in touch with our Carrier Xperience Team today.

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