The Electronic Logging Device mandate is almost upon us with the December 2017 deadline looming. Any company in North America that employs or contracts with drivers may be required to comply with the new Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) website
The electronic logging device (ELD) rule – congressionally mandated as a part of MAP-21 – is intended to help create a safer work environment for drivers, and make it easier and faster to accurately track, manage, and share records of duty status (RODS) data. An ELD synchronizes with a vehicle engine to automatically record driving time, for easier, more accurate hours of service (HOS) recording.
Five Facts About the Electronic Logging Device Mandate
Here are five fast facts that you may not know about the new ELD mandate.
- The Electronic Logging Device Mandate does not change the Hours of Service (HOS), or the number of hours Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) drivers are allowed to drive in a given time frame.
- FMCSA will not keep any ELD data unless there was a violation that occurred, and when that happens, FMCSA safety officials will review the data.
- This ELD rule will affect CMV drivers that cross borders. Therefore, Canadian and Mexican based drivers will need to comply with this ELD regulation if they are driving in the US. Alternatively, U.S. drivers still need to abide by this ELD rule and the HOS rules even if they are operating outside the US.
- Companies will see benefits to this mandate with accurate driver logs, better information to manage driver schedules, improve productivity and reduce the risk of non-compliance.
- There are several exemptions to the Electronic Logging Device Mandate outline in the next section.
Are you Exempt from the ELD Mandate?
Not every company with drivers is required to compile with the Electronic Logging Device Mandate. Several exemptions limit the ELD rule to areas of service and types of vehicles and you may be asking these questions:
- Who’s subject to the ELD regulations, and who’s exempt?
- Is my vehicle too old to need an ELD?
- When can I use paper logs, logging apps, or time cards?
- How do the “short-haul” provisions work?
- Which ELogs will be grandfathered, and which ones will not?
Two ELD Mandate Resources
Read this article: Electronic Logging Devices: What You Need to Know About the December Mandate.
Register for our partner J.J. Keller’s webcast ELD Mandate: Are You Exempt? This 30-minute online seminar will answer the following questions:
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