The ELD mandate implementation date is approaching, and there are still many fleets that aren’t fully prepared for it.
DAT is one of the largest on-demand freight marketplaces in North America. Thousands of transportation brokers, carriers, news organizations, and industry analysts rely on DAT for data insights and market trends derived from a database of $33 billion of market transactions.
Shoaib Makani, the CEO of KeepTruckin, says, “The combination of DAT and KeepTruckin gives owner operators and small carriers the best in class technology to run their business efficiently. ELD compliance is just the starting point. With the largest network of connected trucks in North America, KeepTruckin and DAT are building the freight marketplace of the future.”
The cost of ELD compliance is a big issue for smaller carriers and, especially, independent owner-operators. A recent study reveals that most ELDs in the marketplace are too expensive for owner-operators.
The fact that the KeepTruckin ELD is one of the most cost-effective solutions in the market also played a significant role in this partnership.
Apart from the price point, DAT also looked at several other factors, including:
- Ease of use — KeepTruckin’s mobile elog apps are rated #1 in both Google Play Store and Apple iTunes stores because drivers find the KeepTruckin app extremely user-friendly.
- Ease of administration for fleet managers — With a clean user-interface, a modern dashboard design, and features like KeepTruckin alerts, fleet managers find KeepTruckin the easiest ELD system to use and manage their fleets.
- Reliability of the connection — Unlike many other ELD solutions in the market, KeepTruckin does not rely on cellular networks to sync data between engine-connected ELDs and drivers’ mobile devices. The FMCSA has confirmed that cellular-based ELDs can make drivers noncompliant if they are driving in areas with spotty or no cellular coverage. Therefore, KeepTruckin ELDs rely on Bluetooth and USB connections to relay the important data and keep drivers compliant even in areas without cellular coverage.
DAT recognized that the success of their customers depends on a compliant and easy-to-use electronic logging device solution.
All these factors led to a comprehensive partnership between KeepTruckin and DAT that we are very proud of. This partnership is going to help smaller carriers as well as owner-operators with ELD mandate compliance before the December 18, 2017, deadline.
The ELD mandate compliance deadline is December 18, 2017. If you are also looking for a compliant, FMCSA-compliant ELD solution, request a free demo of KeepTruckin ELDs.