The electronic logging device mandate might seem to an outsider like a simple change that was desired to improve highway safety and driven into being by the advance of technology. But trucking experts know all too well that implementing the ELD rule, which takes effect in December of next year, to replace paper logs with electronic recordings is not a simple matter of out with the old and in with the new.

Add to the list of hiccups the concern of truck rental and leasing companies that the rule doesn’t address the difficulty in recording and accessing ELD data coming from different technology sources.

“This issue presents a great challenge to truck and lease companies as well as fleets,” says Jim Griffin, chief technology officer for Fleet Advantage, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., which provides business analytics and equipment financing to large private fleets.

He says having to deal with ELD data generated by different devices and platforms makes it essential for fleets “to identify the right telematics partner that has the technology to capture and analyze ELD data from many disparate sources,” including trucks and engines of different makes and vintage.

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