As efforts to derail the electronic logging device mandate continue to fail, more owner-operators and small fleet owners are considering their available options. With the mandate’s Dec. 18 enforcement date just under two months away, software and hardware providers old and new are trying to set themselves apart.
For the owner-operator who’s certain to be a part of the industry for a long time and who wants simplicity at a low price, the devices available without a monthly subscription fee can be a good match.
As of press time, six providers offered either a dedicated-unit or BYOD (bring your own device) ELD available for a onetime purchase price. For the four BYOD devices here, freeware installed on a phone or tablet supports the engine plug-in for full in-cab and/or back-office functionality.