Suppliers alert carriers, operators not to wait on ELDs

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Manufactures of electronic logs are cautioning transporters not to hold up until the last minute to consent to the U.S. command planned for Dec. 18, 2017.

Notwithstanding a measure a month ago by a House board to survey the run, suppliers say they don’t expect any deferrals and caution of a supply crisis for electronic parts in the not so distant future, reports Fleet Owner.

With the House and Senate both in recess until Sept. 5, “we are not sure it is even possible by the time the mandate is supposed to take effect that they could get something done,” said Eric Witty, PeopleNet’s vice president of product management.

“It is business as usual for us,” said Tom Neppl, vice president of hardware solutions at Omnitracs. “We are proceeding as the Dec. 18 date will occur … We don’t anticipate any change.”

Squadron with between 10-50 trucks are the expected to dither on ELD usage, said president of ERoad, Norm Ellis. He added, “They can’t wait too much longer”  and prescribed a four-to-six week progress period to permit the back office staff to experience the “cultural change” that accompanies ELD.

With no probable postpone, the ELD administrators expect a growth in demand, a circumstance Omnitracs’ Neppl cautioned could be muddled by a deficiency of electronic parts.

“These aren’t parts that sit on the shelf somewhere,” he said. “I think it behooves the industry … to take into consideration the macroeconomics going on that could potentially drive some constraints on ELD solutions.”

According to PeopleNet’s Witty, the result is that fleets could wind up being compelled to embrace anything to be agreeable. It could be whoever has something accessible, versus the favored sellers they need to work with.