May 21, 2018 4:30 PM, EDT

Continental Offers ELD Rebate

Continental ELDA Continental VDO road log. (Continental Automotive Systems)

Six months after most commercial trucks were required to have a working electronic logging device, Continental Automotive Systems is offering fleets and owner-operators a “do over” if they are unhappy with the ELD they decided upon last year.

The company is offering a $100 rebate to ELD users who switch to the VDO RoadLog ELD and VDO RoadLog ELD Plus.

Continental said many cellphone-based ELD users are reporting they are frustrated when they enter areas where there is no service. Some users are experiencing Bluetooth connection drops or battery problems which can leave them with incomplete or inaccurate records and subject to being put out of service or fined.

“Many new VDO RoadLog users are actually converts from phone app-based solutions. That’s where we got the idea to create this promotion,” VDO RoadLog Marketing Manager Jay McCarthy said. “Truckers are literally abandoning their smartphone or tablet-based ELDs in favor of dedicated units that are hard-wired to the vehicle and can handle the rigors of commercial driving.”

The rebate promotion ends July 14. There is no limit on the number of ELD purchases that can qualify for the rebate, Continental said, and customers do not need to send in their old ELDs.