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Survey: Fleets Waiting Until Last Minute to Deploy ELDs

A study in the U.S. finds that even though the ELD mandate is just three months away, a majority of commercial fleets are still monitoring their drivers’ hours of service (HOS) with paper logs.

According to a recent study conducted by C.J. Driscoll & Associates, 60 percent of 529 U.S. fleet operators said they were still using paper logs, Fleet Owner reports. Thirty-three percent are using  ELDs, and 6% said they are using a combination of some sort of e-logs and paper logs to monitor driver hours. Over a third of respondents who had not yet deployed ELDs said they would implement them in the fourth quarter this year.

Not one of the owner-operators surveyed had yet deployed an ELD or planned to implement one before the fourth quarter.

“That’s a little scary in terms of supply and demand,” noted Clem Driscoll, president of C.J. Driscoll & Associates. “The research shows that most fleets want standard configuration, especially larger fleets – very few large fleets want BYOD (bring your own device) for the very simple reason they don’t want their ELD compliance to be dependent on the driver’s phone.”

The findings were presented at the TU-Automotive’s Connected Fleet event in Atlanta.

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