KeepTruckin provides a user-friendly ELD with lots of features, at a very attractive price point
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*Plus an estimated $15 per month phone/tablet data plan.
- Low cost
- User friendly
- Easy to install
- More advanced features than most other BYODs
- Smaller fleets pay for the first year up front
KeepTruckin provides a slick, modern, user-friendly app for drivers to record their logs. When paired with the KeepTruckin ELD device and connected to the vehicle, it becomes one of the easiest and most affordable ELDs on the market.
The app is free for download from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store (where it receives very good user reviews). To make it into a compliant ELD all you need is the device that plugs into your vehicle’s diagnostic port. There’s no up front cost for the device, you simply pay KeepTruckin a monthly service fee, which includes the hardware. The basic service plan is $20/month and includes logs, DVIR, messaging, and some basic fleet management tools. Adding IFTA reporting and some “coming-soon” advanced features brings the cost up to $30/month, but not all fleets will find this necessary. If you plan to provide a phone or tablet to your drivers, then you should also budget around $15/mo for a cellular data plan. So you you’re looking at $35 or less per month, with no up front costs other than maybe mounting hardware for the display. That is one of the more affordable price tags you’ll find in the industry right now.
The KeepTruckin app itself is a pleasure to use. It’s very simple and intuitive, and has some convenient features that many other systems have missed. For example, there is a simple view of all “recap” hours that will be gained over the next 7 days. It also has the easiest method for driver log editing of any system we’ve seen. There is a convenient “DOT Inspection Mode” for showing log history to enforcement officers, and logs can be emailed or faxed right from the app. Other standard features like DVIR and two-way messaging are also available. While there is no built in navigation, a 3rd party app could be run alongside KeepTruckin for this purpose. Drivers can also take photos of paperwork, accident damage, or anything else and send in the images through the app.
The back office system is similarly modern and easy to use. It includes all the standard features like GPS locations, messaging, and an overview of HOS compliance. There are some basic Hours of Service and DVIR reports included, but more advanced reporting is part of the higher level service plan ($10 extra per month). Office personnel can view driver logs, and easily make suggested corrections, but the driver will need to approve the changes before they take effect.
Like most simple BYOD providers, KeepTruckin provides these basic features and a way to be ELD complaint without breaking the bank. However, unlike many of their BYOD competitors, they have been aggressively adding more advanced telematics features that bring them close to on-par with much more expensive systems. Engine diagnostics, fuel monitoring, idling reports, tampering alerts, driver safety scorecards, and geofencing are among the recently released features. Simple integrations with major TMS providers (TMW, McCleod, etc) are already available, and will be enhanced over time. With all these new features, KeepTruckin enjoys a fairly unique position as a simple, affordable device that can compete with the capabilities of the larger, pricier vendors. Very few other devices at this price point can boast such a rich feature list.
KeepTruckin has also set itself apart by being one of the first to actually achieve complete compliance with the ELD Mandate. Most other devices reviewed on this site are technically still only AOBRDs until they update their software to fully meet the new ELD standards. While all the major vendors will certainly reach full compliance before the mandate’s due date, it is worth noting that KeepTruckin is already at that point. Some of the other self-certified devices on the FMCSA’s list are of dubious quality and compliance, but KeepTruckin seems to have designed their system from the beginning to meet mandate requirements.
In short, KeepTruckin is a very attractive option, especially for fleets looking for low cost and an easy install. The system is simple to use for drivers and office staff, and the list of advanced features is a step above most of the competition. For our money, KeepTruckin is the premier low-cost ELD on the market right now.
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Type: BYOD (Bring your own device)
OS: Android and iOS
Engine Info (MPGs, faults, etc)
Price per unit
Up-front cost: 0
Monthly cost: 20
3-year Total Cost: 720
Transmits logs to DOT via: Telematics (Email / Web Services)
Top Five: 5