Ryder System Inc (NYSE: R) has announced its Ryder Electronic Logging Device (ELD) platform that will provide a simple yet comprehensive solution to make it easier for commercial rental customers in North America to record their hours of service (HOS) electronically to comply with the December 18, 2017 ELD mandate.
With the launch of this new platform, Ryder rental customers gain additional flexibility, choice, and control in fleet management with benefits that include:
•Allowing customers to either use Ryder’s solution or their own portable ELD equipment
•Enabling use of a cellular data connected Android- or iOS-based smartphone or tablet
•Providing access to a fleet management portal for driver and support personnel profile creation
•Tracking the vehicle’s location, routing activity, and idle time
•Creating “geofences” and alerts for fleet activity notifications
The technology behind this platform was developed in partnership with Geotab, a provider of telematics and fleet compliance management tools for monitoring and recording HOS. In order to capture records of duty status (RODS) via the Ryder ELD platform, drivers will need to download and log into the Geotab Drive app on a cellular data-connected mobile device. All current Ryder rental customers are pre-registered in the company’s system; therefore, minimal time is required for setup on the Ryder ELD platform. Customers have the option to use Ryder’s ELD solution or their own portable ELD equipment.
Ryder will notify its customers once the enrollment period has begun, and it will provide details about logging into the new ELD platform during fourth quarter 2017.
In conjunction with the Truck Rental and Leasing Association (TRALA), Ryder has and will continue to work with the government in order to mitigate challenges presented by the ELD mandate. FMCSA has granted an eight-day exemption to allow paper logs for instances of a vehicle breakdown, seasonal demand and expansion needs. Ryder will continue to work with government officials and industry partners to further mitigate challenges presented by the ELD mandate.
More information on complying with the mandate and how it’s intended to promote efficiency and help create a safer work environment for drivers can be found in Ryder’s online ELD Mandate Resource Guide.
For more information, visit www.ryder.com.