The Greater Implications of the ELD Mandate
Drivers have until the end of the year to comply with a new federal mandate concerning the use of electronic logging devices in commercial vehicles.
Switching over from paper log books is a big change, and it is one that some drivers are vehemently opposed to. The purported reasoning behind this law is safety, and the premise developed after a major public discussion on the effects of drowsy drivers.
While electronic logging devices will ensure truckers comply with hours-of-service rules and don’t log their hours inaccurately, this change may be the beginning of a bigger trend in trucking. The freight transport industry is always looking to cut costs and improve efficiency – this could lead to a paperless future.
Many industries are already ditching paper management for digital alternatives. Even the world’s economic systems are moving away from paper cash and dealing with more digital transactions. The advantages of these moves are clear, and they’re things the trucking industry could benefit heavily from.
For one, moving away from paper management can save companies money and reduce their impact on the environment. Less paper means lower costs and fewer trees chopped down – the latter of which is great for companies looking to add a green element to their companies.
Digital data management is becoming more accurate than ever, providing people with opportunities for cross-platform collaboration, networking, and smooth communication.
Another benefit of the switch to a digital management structure is opportunities for decentralization. Peer-to-peer solutions have made a big impact on other industries in the field of transportation like ride-sharing. The freight industry could benefit heavily from a similar model. Though there are more complications when it comes to moving goods from place to place, a digital future could make it easier for the fragmented trucking market to thrive.
There is a long way to go before the trucking industry is completely switched over to a paperless state. However, the foundations are already in place for this big switch. As more important aspects of the job are digitized, paper methods could soon become a thing of the past.
Many carriers are still in the process of updating their logging methods according to the upcoming mandate.