Picking an ELD provider is not an easy decision. There are many options out there and quality varies. For example, a couple of years ago an ELD manufacturer that offered zero monthly fees closed down unexpectedly forcing customers to find another solution before the compliance deadline.
But which ELD vendor is best? We put together 8 tips on what to look for when choosing a provider or manufacturer of electronic logging devices.
Check first that the ELD is self-certified
Before you start, check that the ELDs you are considering are on the FMCSA’s list of registered ELDs. This is a critical step, as ELDs must be self-certified and registered according to the requirements of the ELD rule. What does ELD self-certification mean? Read this post for further explanation.
Don't skip this step, as responsibility is on the carrier to verify registration.
Look at company details when weighing ELD options
When you choose an ELD, you’re also choosing a business partner. Therefore, evaluating the ELD manufacturer or provider is just as important as reading the technical specs.
Here are 8 things to look at when choosing an ELD provider:
Years in business
Number of customers and customer references
Number of employees and engineers
Commitment to research and development
For advice on what features you should look for in an ELD, please read this white paper: Choosing an ELD solution: What to ask
If you already have an ELD, but are thinking of switching, read this advice.
Don't just settle for any ELD provider. Look at vendor experience and reputation to make sure the ELD is the right fit for your fleet. For the past 13 years, Advantage Asset Tracking has supported over 50 cities, municipalities, universities, public utilities, public port entities and law enforcement agencies across North America with the Geotab system. Advantage Asset Tracking is recognized by Geotab as a top tiered Value-Added Reseller (VAR) and is one a small handful of Geotab resellers that are a part of the California, Missouri, and Connecticut Sole-Source Contract programs providing the company with unrivaled experience deploying and supporting large government telematics contracts. Picking a reliable and reputable brand means that your company will have support as it grows or your needs change over time.
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