What is the Best Electronic Logging Device for Truckers?

August 26, 2020

The ELD Mandate has made it essential for truckers to have approved electronic logging devices in their vehicles at all times. This is necessary for Hours of Service (HOS) compliance. If you’re found not to have one during an inspection, it could mean hefty fines and other penalties.

But how does a fleet manager choose the right electronic logging device for truckers in your fleet? There are hundreds of ELD options on the market and they vary widely in features and cost.

Azuga eLogs is the solution you’ve been searching for.

The ELD Mandate

If you’re unfamiliar with the ELD Mandate, it’s a piece of law enacted to help make highways safer, prevent drowsy driving, and enforce HOS limits for commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers. This electronic logging device policy requires that each CMV must have an electronic logging device installed. This device must capture certain specific points of data including:

  • Driver details such as name and license number
  • Driver duty status
  • Date and time
  • Location
  • Engine hours
  • Vehicle miles
  • User data
  • Vehicle identification data
  • Carrier data

The records from your electronic logging device must be kept for at least six months and backed up on a separate device as well. They must be easily accessible by drivers in the field, particularly when they’re stopped for a DOT inspection.

To make it easier for fleet managers to know which devices meet the demands of the mandate, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) maintains a list of approved ELDs.

More Features for Better Operational Efficiency

While you could pick literally any device on the approved ELD list and maintain your compliance, not all ELDs are created equal. Some are very basic, offering little beyond the requirements of the law with no real support for your drivers if they run into trouble. Others are excessively difficult to install or operate, making them more of a problem than a solution.

The best options offer plenty of additional features, easy-to-reach customer support, and plug-and-play installation via your vehicles’ OBD ports. Azuga offers all this and more. Here are just a few of the bonus features you can look forward to if you adopt our ELD solution.

DVIR Compliance

Of course, the ELD Mandate isn’t the only compliance problem you may be hoping to solve. Our eLogs solution also satisfies Driver-Vehicle Inspection Report (DVIR) regulations for the US and Canada. Your drivers will be able to complete pre- and post-trip inspections from the same software they use for HOS, meaning one less system to learn.

Reminders and Alerts

We get it, your drivers have a lot going on. It’s common for drivers to forget DVIR inspections or to forget to enter HOS information before beginning a trip. Azuga gives your fleet drivers both visual and audio prompts to remind them of these important compliance requirements and help ensure accurate and thorough record-keeping.

With eLogs, drivers aren’t the only ones who get alerts. We can also keep management in the loop with notifications when drivers in your fleet are nearing their HOS limits or if a violation occurs. You’ll also get alerts to help ensure DVIRs are submitted on time. This means you can stay on top of your fleet’s compliance without having to constantly check HOS logs.

Comprehensive Reporting

We understand that you need more data than simple violation alerts. Our eLogs reports are in-depth and proactive, giving you all the information you need to run an efficient and productive fleet. You’ll get real-time information on driver availability to ensure dispatch and load allocation are a breeze. Plus, our conflict detection feature will help find and correct any HOS discrepancies automatically.

Beyond Electronic HOS Logging

Azuga eLogs is a powerful tool for any trucking fleet. But when you combine it with our other products, it becomes a full-featured fleet management suite.

Azuga Fleet Tracking

Our GPS fleet tracking solution has all of the features you’ve been dreaming about in one easy-to-use interface. Simply plug our OBDII device into your vehicle’s port, then access the fleet management dashboard on your computer or mobile device. You’ll get insights into drive time, distance traveled, idling, speeding, hard braking, acceleration, and driver safety scores, all at a glance. You’ll also get diagnostic information, maintenance alerts, and data about driver behaviors on the road.

Asset Tracking

What if your fleet includes more than just trucks, vans, and cars? Azuga’s Asset Tracking solutions integrate the ability to keep track of large assets such as construction equipment, storage containers, generators, forklifts, and more. You’ll never have to worry about theft or unauthorized use with our geofencing alerts. And you’ll know where all of your assets are and how they’re being used (or not) so you can ensure better asset management and allocation.

SafetyCam

Our dashcam solution gives you a dual-facing eye on each vehicle in your fleet. This means you can monitor drivers for risky behaviors, get instant accident reports with video footage, and process insurance claims quicker. You may even find your insurance premiums will go down when you implement this technology into your fleet.

Driver Safety

At Azuga, we believe that safety is priority number one. To help fleets across the country achieve their safety goals, we’ve created top-of-the-line safety training programs for truckers and other commercial drivers. But more than just a safety class that will be forgotten as soon as it’s over, our training includes ongoing safety coaching and telematics reporting to help you see when and where risky behaviors are still occurring.

Driver Rewards

When fleets attempt to make drivers safer by simply watching over their shoulders like Big Brother, it often backfires. Once you breach trust with your drivers they often will become dissatisfied with the job and seek employment elsewhere. Instead, become a safety partner with our Driver Safety Rewards program. Encourage your drivers to practice safer driving habits and acknowledge improvements achieved by rewarding the best drivers on a regular basis. Morale will improve and you’ll see a culture of safety develop before your eyes.

All of these products and more are available to integrate with Azuga’s eLogs device. If this sounds like the solution for your fleet, don’t hesitate. Schedule a free demo and let us show you how our solutions can help optimize your fleet.

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What is the Best Electronic Logging Device for Truckers?

August 26, 2020

The ELD Mandate has made it essential for truckers to have approved electronic logging devices in their vehicles at all times. This is necessary for Hours of Service (HOS) compliance. If you’re found not to have one during an inspection, it could mean hefty fines and other penalties.

But how does a fleet manager choose the right electronic logging device for truckers in your fleet? There are hundreds of ELD options on the market and they vary widely in features and cost.

Azuga eLogs is the solution you’ve been searching for.

The ELD Mandate

If you’re unfamiliar with the ELD Mandate, it’s a piece of law enacted to help make highways safer, prevent drowsy driving, and enforce HOS limits for commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers. This electronic logging device policy requires that each CMV must have an electronic logging device installed. This device must capture certain specific points of data including:

The records from your electronic logging device must be kept for at least six months and backed up on a separate device as well. They must be easily accessible by drivers in the field, particularly when they’re stopped for a DOT inspection.

To make it easier for fleet managers to know which devices meet the demands of the mandate, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) maintains a list of approved ELDs.

More Features for Better Operational Efficiency

While you could pick literally any device on the approved ELD list and maintain your compliance, not all ELDs are created equal. Some are very basic, offering little beyond the requirements of the law with no real support for your drivers if they run into trouble. Others are excessively difficult to install or operate, making them more of a problem than a solution.

The best options offer plenty of additional features, easy-to-reach customer support, and plug-and-play installation via your vehicles’ OBD ports. Azuga offers all this and more. Here are just a few of the bonus features you can look forward to if you adopt our ELD solution.

DVIR Compliance

Of course, the ELD Mandate isn’t the only compliance problem you may be hoping to solve. Our eLogs solution also satisfies Driver-Vehicle Inspection Report (DVIR) regulations for the US and Canada. Your drivers will be able to complete pre- and post-trip inspections from the same software they use for HOS, meaning one less system to learn.

Reminders and Alerts

We get it, your drivers have a lot going on. It’s common for drivers to forget DVIR inspections or to forget to enter HOS information before beginning a trip. Azuga gives your fleet drivers both visual and audio prompts to remind them of these important compliance requirements and help ensure accurate and thorough record-keeping.

With eLogs, drivers aren’t the only ones who get alerts. We can also keep management in the loop with notifications when drivers in your fleet are nearing their HOS limits or if a violation occurs. You’ll also get alerts to help ensure DVIRs are submitted on time. This means you can stay on top of your fleet’s compliance without having to constantly check HOS logs.

Comprehensive Reporting

We understand that you need more data than simple violation alerts. Our eLogs reports are in-depth and proactive, giving you all the information you need to run an efficient and productive fleet. You’ll get real-time information on driver availability to ensure dispatch and load allocation are a breeze. Plus, our conflict detection feature will help find and correct any HOS discrepancies automatically.

Beyond Electronic HOS Logging

Azuga eLogs is a powerful tool for any trucking fleet. But when you combine it with our other products, it becomes a full-featured fleet management suite.

Azuga Fleet Tracking

Our GPS fleet tracking solution has all of the features you’ve been dreaming about in one easy-to-use interface. Simply plug our OBDII device into your vehicle’s port, then access the fleet management dashboard on your computer or mobile device. You’ll get insights into drive time, distance traveled, idling, speeding, hard braking, acceleration, and driver safety scores, all at a glance. You’ll also get diagnostic information, maintenance alerts, and data about driver behaviors on the road.

Asset Tracking

What if your fleet includes more than just trucks, vans, and cars? Azuga’s Asset Tracking solutions integrate the ability to keep track of large assets such as construction equipment, storage containers, generators, forklifts, and more. You’ll never have to worry about theft or unauthorized use with our geofencing alerts. And you’ll know where all of your assets are and how they’re being used (or not) so you can ensure better asset management and allocation.

SafetyCam

Our dashcam solution gives you a dual-facing eye on each vehicle in your fleet. This means you can monitor drivers for risky behaviors, get instant accident reports with video footage, and process insurance claims quicker. You may even find your insurance premiums will go down when you implement this technology into your fleet.

Driver Safety

At Azuga, we believe that safety is priority number one. To help fleets across the country achieve their safety goals, we’ve created top-of-the-line safety training programs for truckers and other commercial drivers. But more than just a safety class that will be forgotten as soon as it’s over, our training includes ongoing safety coaching and telematics reporting to help you see when and where risky behaviors are still occurring.

Driver Rewards

When fleets attempt to make drivers safer by simply watching over their shoulders like Big Brother, it often backfires. Once you breach trust with your drivers they often will become dissatisfied with the job and seek employment elsewhere. Instead, become a safety partner with our Driver Safety Rewards program. Encourage your drivers to practice safer driving habits and acknowledge improvements achieved by rewarding the best drivers on a regular basis. Morale will improve and you’ll see a culture of safety develop before your eyes.

All of these products and more are available to integrate with Azuga’s eLogs device. If this sounds like the solution for your fleet, don’t hesitate. Schedule a free demo and let us show you how our solutions can help optimize your fleet.

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