Toward the end of 2015, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate which requires transportation companies to meet certain compliance standards. Commercial motor carriers and professional (CDL) truck drivers must keep a record of duty, and the ELD mandate stipulates that they also carry a device that electronically tracks and records their hours of service.
In order to ensure that compliance is met, all drivers must present this information log whenever requested by law enforcement. Due to this requirement, mobile printers have proven to be extremely valuable for drivers. Not only are mobile printers more efficient, but they also provide a great deal of convenience.
There are a number of things to consider when selecting the mobile printing component for your onboard logging system:
- Compact in Size: Drivers do not have the space to deal with a bulky printer, and smaller printers are much easier to handle.
- Printer Durability: Select a mobile printer that is rugged enough to handle the wear and tear of life on the road, as all truck drivers know, over-the-road travel can be hard on equipment.
- Efficiency is Key: The transportation industry requires every process to be as efficient as possible, so your printer should be very easy to learn and use, and it should also work very quickly.
To learn more about the ELD mandate and other factors to consider when selecting a mobile printer, read the full blog from Brother Mobile Solutions here.