New technology can be frustrating, especially when you consider all of the myths floating around on the Internet and through word of mouth. When it comes to E-logs, you probably have heard a few things that leave you wondering why you would ever consider using one yourself. However, providers of E-log software, like Qualcomm Enterprise Services, can show you and other drivers just how useful the logging system is.
Of course, there is one important thing to keep in mind: “a final rulemaking by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) out to when electronic logging will be implemented under the new regulation.” (Cullen, 2012) In other words, it is expected by the middle to late 2014, the E-logs will actually be required. Fleets will need to stay in compliance with the rule by implementing EOBRs (E-logging systems) for their own drivers. Now, before you shake your head in frustration, let’s take the time to debunk some of the common myths about E-logs so that you can see they aren’t bad like some people would have you think.
Myth One: They Infringe on Your Privacy
The federal law, Map-21, which will cover the use of E-logs specifically states that the data from the systems can only be used for inspections. History and GPS tracking can only be used for log verification. Additionally, the companies who produce EOBRs have taken extra steps to ensure the systems are safe, private, and secure.
Myth Two: Drivers Will Be Forced to Drive Even When They Are Tired
You may be worried that an E-log will simply be a tool of harassment, forcing you to drive under even dangerous conditions. However, this isn’t the case. The FMCSA is responsible for evaluating drivers and ensuring they aren’t driving when they are too tired. The E-logs will simply clearly define how many hours you can actually drive realistically.
Myth Three: Data Could Be Manipulated
Those concerned that their E-log data could be altered to affect them in a negative way should keep in mind that these systems are constantly updated. This means as the EOBR systems become more technologically advanced and sophisticated, the chances of data manipulation are minimal. It is getting harder and harder for anyone to make changes to the E-logs, and this should not be an issue for anyone.
Myth Four: E-Logs Will Just Slow Down Inspections
Actually, this is the opposite of the truth. State and local highway patrols are trained to use the information from EOBRs so that they can actually speed up inspections. This means there will be fewer violations, shorter, inspections, and a much shorter down time for the drivers.
As you can see, there are numerous myths floating around about E-logs. The more you learn about these systems, the more you can see that they are the best option for any fleet and driver. They work in favor of the driver as well as the fleet owner and helps protect everyone from violations and other problems that could actually be detrimental in one way or another.
Cullen, D. (2012, November 9). Debunking Myths Holding Back Electronic Logs. Retrieved December 12, 2013, from FleetOwner: http://fleetowner.com/safety/debunking-myths-holding-back-electronic-logs