“Since 1938, complex on-duty/off-duty logs for truck and bus drivers were made with pencil and paper, virtually impossible to verify,”. This quote by the US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx sheds light on the relatively antiquated methods of logging that the fleet-vehicle related industries have used for nearly a century. Hundreds of hours of handling paperwork, billions of dollars in paper production and consumption, and the environmental damage is precisely why the U.S department of transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced on December 10, 2015 the adoption of Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) like the ones offered by our services.
On top of the organizational and environmental motives to make this switch, there are also the safety benefits. Fatigue is a major cause of accidents for commercial drivers, with one report by the FMCSA claiming that at least 13% of commercial truck crashes are directly due to driver fatigue. ELDs improve the quality of monitoring driving times, engine hours, vehicle movements, and vehicle location reducing the chances of drivers being over worked. The FMCSA estimated that this switch will prevent up to 26 on road fatalities, and up to 526 injuries that would result from crashes involving commercial motor vehicles, not to mention the cutbacks in costs.
The National Safety Council found that of those polled, 43% of american workers claimed that they do not get enough sleep to mitigate critical tasks. Of these polled, 81% of them held jobs that were at high risk for fatigue, jobs that required high attention, or were physically or cognitively demanding such as drivers or construction workers. All aspects that that with the use of ELDs, can be monitored and prevented.