Despite the snowy weather last week, BigRoad made it down to La Vista, Nebraska for the first annual Safety Management Council Safety Technology Summit and Exhibition. The Nebraska Trucking Association (NTA) decided to host this event due to the increasing number of regulations facing the trucking industry, most notably the recently released ELD mandate. The number of questions and concerns the NTA has received from members since the release of the mandate has brought light to the need to host an event focused on education and showcasing solutions that will help members on their path to compliance.
Marica, our Director of Channel and Market Success, along with Grant, our Business Development Manager, were on site for the two-day event. Surprisingly, not many people had heard about BigRoad (prior to the show) but they were definitely eager to learn more. This was a great opportunity for us to show Nebraska what BigRoad is all about! Many people connected with us at our booth and stuck around after our presentation to connect. During the event we were asked many similar questions - here's a recap of the top 5 questions that were asked.
Top 5 Questions That Were Asked at the Show
1. What’s the difference between an eLog, an AOBRD, and an ELD?
eLogs are paper log replacements. A driver accesses their eLogs from an app on their phone or tablet, eliminating the burden of paperwork. An AOBRD is an automatic onboard recording device. AOBRDs are currently the only regulated device for capturing a driver’s HOS. An ELD is an electronic logging device. The FMCSA has outlined many technical and performance specifications that ELDs must feature to be compliant with the ELD mandate. Even ELD solution providers need to make changes to their products to comply with the mandate.
2. What does the ELD mandate mean for me?
The ELD mandate was published by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) in December 2015. This mandate will require drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs), who are not part of an exemption, to use an electronic logging device (ELD) to record their records of duty status (RODS). So what does that mean for drivers and fleet managers? It varies based on how
you’re currently using your RODS.
If you’re like many people we spoke to at the show, you’re currently using paper logs. Now is the perfect time to transition to eLogs. Download the BigRoad electronic log book for free and get started today. Once you’re comfortable with eLogs, you’ll need to upgrade to an AOBRD such as DashLink. You must be using an AOBRD by December 18, 2017. Many people are opting to use an AOBRD right away which grants them a four-year grace period to transition to ELD. From an AOBRD you must transition to an ELD by December 17, 2019. Check out our ELD path to compliance inforgraphic for more information on the transition process.
3. How can BigRoad help me on my path to compliance?
With the final ELD mandate reaching over 500 pages, many people are unsure how to move forward or even where to start. Whether you're currently on paper logs or eLogs, BigRoad’s got your back! We’ve made the path to compliance easy for our users, setting them up for a successful transition to ELD. BigRoad users aren’t waiting - we’ve seen a 50% increase in the number of DashLink users since September. Learn more about DashLink here.
4. What makes DashLink different?
DashLink is the easiest and most flexible way to maintain compliant engine-connected electronic logs. It’s an affordable solution that requires no up front capital expenditure or hidden fees down the road - guaranteed! There’s no costly hardware or software updates - you pay a fixed monthly fee. DashLink is also a plug-and-play solution allowing drivers to use their existing mobile device, swap devices, and vehicles easily. Not having a hard-wired solution is great for fleets that employ owner-operators or experience high turnover.
5. How can I get started?
Easy - just click the link below to start your free trial!