The Electronic Logging Device (ELD) Mandate
What you need to know
- Hours of Service (HoS) regulations govern the working and driving hours of anyone operating a commercial motor vehicle
- Record of Duty Status (RoDS) must be recorded by drivers for every duty status and the duration (off-work, on-duty, driving or resting). These records must be presented to roadside inspectors when requested
- Historically, these records have been kept manually and in paper form by drivers. By the end of 2019, electronic collection of HoS data is mandatory
- The Electronic Logging Device (ELD) law is designed to help ensure HoS compliance, the safety of drivers and other users of the road
Know what your ELD solution must do
Automatically capture movement in the Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) and connect to the vehicle's engine to collect engine data and change to drive duty status when motion is detected
Provide secure, fixed position mounting that is visible while driver is operating the vehicle while being easily removed to hand to hand inspectors when requested
Be tamper proof, not allow any deletion of the drive time data and identify who made any edits/annotation. All persons accessing the systems should have accounts to identify them
Encrypt collected data to help ensure security the data passed from the ELD device
Keep your business rolling
ELD Mandate FAQ
People are asking
U.S. intra/inter state and federal HOS rules are provided and regularly updated, helping to ensure your fleet is always compliant. You can download and read the FMCSA final rule here: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2015-12-16/pdf/2015-31336.pdf
Yes, it is a federal law for inter and intra state Motor Carriers and their drivers. Visit this site to review: https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/hours-service/elds/electronic-logging-devices
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Penalties can be severe. If trucks, with engines made after 2000, do not meet the ELD deadline drivers can be placed out of service. They may be allowed to deliver their load and return to their terminal but cannot make another dispatch until they have the appropriate devices. Help keep your fleet on the road with ELD compliance.
The mandate is in effect NOW and has been since late 2017. The regulation included a provision allowing fleets with existing installed automatic onboard recording devices, or AOBRDs, in their fleets to continue using them for an additional two years. That provision expires December 16, 2019.
Don’t wait too long to implement in your fleet operations! Companies should plan to have ELD-equipped fleets completed by October 2019, allowing drivers time to learn and adjust to the new environment.
Fleet ELD solution costs vary by the size of fleet, type of solution chosen, data plans and any necessary equipment. Discuss all of this with your chosen provider.
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