GREEN BAY, Wis. — As the looming December electronic logging device or ELD mandate gets closer to implementation this year, many carriers are scrambling for advice and compliant solutions — especially smaller and mid-size fleets that often do business with brokerage firms for freight opportunities.
Beginning in December, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will mandate that all motor carriers in the U.S. have compliant, operating ELDs in their commercial vehicles.
This regulatory change is necessary to ensure all commercial drivers are complying with the Hours of Service regulations to help keep professional truck drivers and the motoring public safe, the FMCSA said.
Part of the Schneider Enterprise, Schneider Logistics, temperature-controlled, flatbed and intermodal services, does business with carriers that are fully compliant with all Department of Transportation (DOT) rules and regulations, stated a company news release.
While such third-party carriers are free to obtain compliant ELD solutions from a wide variety of commercially available providers, Schneider Logistics said safety and compliance specialist J.J. Keller will begin offering third-party carriers that broker with Schneider the option to use J.J. Keller for ELD compliance services.
“Schneider Logistics creates durable, effective, effortless solutions for customers and carriers alike,” said Erin Van Zeeland, Schneider’s senior vice president and general manager of logistics services. “Shippers are concerned about capacity disruptions caused by non-compliant carriers being put out of service, and we are committed to easing customer concerns in our brokerage division regarding the ELD mandate.”
J.J. Keller’s solution is easy to install and use, Van Zeeland said. It also has a full team behind the implementation to provide carriers with ongoing training and support to ensure compliance long after installation.
“J.J. Keller has the capacity to sell services to a large number of third-party carriers and to prepare those carriers for compliance with the ELD mandate before the rule takes effect in December,” said Tom Reader, director of marketing for J.J. Keller & Associates Inc. “We’re very excited to offer our ELD solution to third-party carriers that do business with Schneider Logistics. Our system provides easy implementation, competitive pricing and the best technology for HOS compliance. We address more rule sets than anyone else.”
The cloud-based J.J. Keller Encompass Fleet Management System with ELDs gathers engine data using the J.J. Keller electronic logging device and the J.J. Keller Mobile app interface, available for smart phones and tablets. Service options range from stand-alone ELDs to advanced features that include electronic driver vehicle inspections, driver performance tracking, fuel use and automated International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) reporting.