A new survey was conducted earlier this year asking fleet executives and managers about their top concerns and electronic logging device readiness. MiX Telematics worked with Bobit Research Services to conduct the online survey, which took place in March and April 2018 and garnered 122 complete responses.
Across all respondents, reducing risky driving was identified as the top concern for fleet professionals for 2018, followed by optimizing fleet operating costs, ELD/Hours of Service compliance and improving maintenance.
Among fleets with 500+ vehicles, optimizing overall fleet operating costs was the top concern, and improving maintenance was second, with reducing risky driving in fifth place.
Looking at the data by job title, senior managers’ top concerns were reducing risky driving and improving maintenance, but fleet managers top concerns were improving maintenance and optimizing overall fleet operating costs.
71 percent of respondents whose fleets needed to comply with the ELD Mandate say they have already completed their implementations. Only one percent have not begun the process at all. The balance are either in the midst of the process or grandfathered in until Dec 2019 with AOBRDs.
Pete Allen, Chief Client Officer at MiX Telematics North America, said, “By this point – seven months after the ELD Mandate went into effect – we expected higher compliance. 3 in 10 fleets that need to comply have not yet done so. With the FMCSA now fully enforcing the law, fleets need to take action.”
Allen also noted the difference in priorities between fleet executives and fleet managers. “Safety should be the number one priority for every fleet, and every fleet employee,” said Allen. “Executives need to make sure incentives are aligned around this very important goal.”