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Small Carriers, Fear Not ELDs: Panel

Although there are some hurdles to overcome for small carriers making the transition to electronic logging devices, there is no reason to be intimidated, according to small fleets and suppliers speaking at an ELD panel during Omnitracs Outlook 2017

Compared to most larger carriers, which often operate with a significantly larger staff, each dedicated to specific area of interest for the company, smaller businesses get by with much less, both in terms of employees and budget.

As Truck News reports:

Tess Wegier, manager of Trupath Systems, acknowledged that some smaller carriers see the new rule as a financial burden that will take a lot of time and effort to implement into their business operations.

“People are often afraid of what they don’t know,” Wegier said of ELDs. “Everyone is afraid of change. Something like this can rattle a driver’s world when they’ve been doing the same thing for 30 years.”

But Wegier was confident that once drivers and companies see the benefits of ELDs that attitudes would brighten. “Often times, the biggest resisters become the biggest cheerleaders,” she said.

“So trust yourself to adopt this new technology.”

Wired Truck CEO Jimmy Lee explained how ELDs help companies become better businesses, eliminating many of the unknowns and risks that come with the use of paper logs, as well as improve the bottom line.

“(ELDs) are a tool that needs to be trained into our lives,” Lee said.

Lee stressed the importance of carriers being ahead of the game when it comes to ELDs, and not waiting until the last minute to integrate them into their business model.

One of the best ways to speed up that process, Lee said, is to identify a ‘driver champion’ to lead the initiate, and others will surely follow.

Bobby Shanholtzer, president of GoRoadSmart, agreed that waiting would prove to be a mistake.

“It’s a fact that those last three months is just going to explode,” Shanholtzer said of the countdown to the ELD mandate becoming the law in the U.S. this December.

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