ELD Mandate Date Will Be Here Soon
In December 2015 the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published the final electronic logging device (ELD) rule.
History of the Electronic Logging Movement
The U.S. Congress enacted MAP-21 “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century” bill. Outlined in the bill was a provision that directed FMCSA to create rules for the ELD mandate.
Fleets have until December 18, 2017 to comply with the latest ELD ruling. Those fleets that currently utilize electronic logging technology have until December 2019.
Today many fleets are using automatic on-board recording devices (AOBRDs) which helps reduce paperwork. These systems comply with rule 395.15, since they automatically record driver status and reflect changes to their status, including vehicle operation time.
New ELD requirements:
• Smartphone or Tablets must be hardwired and located in the vehicle so the driver can safely view the screen in a normal driving position
• Electronically track driver hours of service
• The ELD must be connected to the vehicle engine, ensuring drive segments are captured
• Driver Vehicle Inspection Reports are captured in the system
What advantages will ELDs provide:
• Reduction in paperwork saving drivers time
• Better organized system no more hassle of keeping up with paper logs
• Safer conditions and improved communication – dispatcher remaining current on a driver’s status allowing better planning for loads
Don’t Wait for the Compliance Deadline
To reduce cost many fleets will be waiting for the ELD mandate deadline to implement ELD’s.
Not only do you miss out on the benefits of implementing ELD’s such increased driver communication, reduced paperwork, reduced fuel cost and others. By implementing early, you allow time for your team to learn and understand how the system operates and get any question you may have once you start using the system. Just think if you wait with everyone else to implement then have questions your ELD supplier may be busy answering numerous questions to other customers delaying their response to you.
For additional information visit the FMCSA website at https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/hours-service/elds/electronic-logging-devices
Fleets CURRENTLY using AOBRDs at the time the final rule is enacted may continue to use these systems until December 2019