VDO RoadLog

ELDs at the ‘right price’: No-monthly-fee e-logs explored

In the crowded ELD market, a few companies set themselves apart with systems requiring no monthly fee. Who they are, and considerations of support, availability and utility.

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Presenting logs with ELDs at roadside

Running with an e-logs device is one thing. Communicating e-log data to an inspector is quite another. With five months to go, states’ data transfer plans vary widely, and an ambitious federal program remains untested.

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Getting into an ELD just got a little less expensive

The Continental VDO RoadLog dedicated e-logger isn't the only electronic logging device in the no-monthly-fee camp anymore. Introducing here two BYOD/smartphone-app-based ELDs that flip the BYOD pricing model on his head.

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E-log sticker merits easy time at weigh station

Gastonia, N.C.-based hotshot/tow owner-operator Buster Lewis took up the Continental VDO RoadLog to eliminate the hassle of pushing paper logs, he says -- big bonus: No weigh-station hassles for him and his 2006 Freightliner Business Class straight flatbed.

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Continental tool aims to help owner-operators find proper ELD equipment

The VDO RoadLog ELD Selection Tool guides owner-operators through a series of questions to determine the hardware and software needed, based on their compliance application needs.

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ELD market: The ‘wait-and-see’ approach to implementation

A third of owner-operators surveyed indicate they would wait a considerable time -- most pending outcome of OOIDA's lawsuit -- before making a decision on just what to do relative to ELD acquisition.

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Picking an ELD amid a crowded market, uncertain government registry

Unless the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association’s lawsuit derails the electronic logging device mandate, you’ll need to use an ELD by Dec. 16, 2017, with some exceptions. Most notable is owning a truck with a 1999 or earlier model year, though there are others (see the following link and the sidebar below): Owner-operators leasing to large fleets are most likely to use, if they don’t already, systems selected by those fleets. However, independents leased to smaller operations, ...

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Early adopters: Getting ahead of the ELD mandate

Most owner-operators still oppose an ELD mandate as the final rule gets closer. Yet some independents see benefits in trying out new technology to adjust to what they believe to be an eventual reality.

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Continental’s VDO logging device gets installation kits for Volvo, Mack

Continental has expanded its VDO RoadLog Electronic Logging Device compatibility to now include 2014 and newer Volvo and Mack models, the company announced this week, along with light- and medium-duty trucks, too.

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An owner-operator option for ELDs

Continental's VDO RoadLog is a standalone unit with an up-front cost of under $700 and no monthly fees. While it doesn't get the attention of better-known e-log devices, it may be the best owner-operator fit.

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