The ELD Mandate

Does it apply to you?

I’m sure that you’ve heard a lot of talk about the upcoming ELD mandate. Essentially, the FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) is dictating that certain drivers use an Electronic Logging Device (ELD) to record the time that they operate their vehicles as well as the amount of time spent resting. With some exemptions, this will go into effect on December 18, 2017. Typically, an organization that has used paper Hours of Service (HoS) logs to record travel and rest times fall under the ELD requirement. This typically includes organizations that transport people or cargo. If you are not required to use Hours of Service logs, then the ELD mandate may not apply to you.

ELD Mandate Background

Hours of Service logs are required by truckers to show how much time they have been driving, if they have been taking adequate breaks, etc.  By law, they aren’t supposed to drive more than a certain amount of hours per day between rest periods and the Hours of Service logs provide proof that they are complying.  As you are probably aware, there have been several high-profile accidents over the past few years that involved truckers that were operating their vehicles without adequate rest periods.

Obviously, since these paper logs are prone to inaccuracy, errors, and fraud, the FMCSA determined that a digital device must be used.

What Are ELD’s

ELD’s are typically vehicle-mounted devices that record a driver’s Hours of Service.  Essentially, the drivers go on-duty, off-duty, take breaks, etc. and record these events on the device.  It is also paired with a telematics device that records vehicle mileage, engine operating times, etc.  If a driver is pulled over, then the officer may ask to see the screen of their ELD device to prove that they are complying with the hours of service requirements.

Who Must Use ELD’s

ELD’s will be required by companies that currently keep Hours of Service logs.  Typically, Hours of Service (HoS) logs are required to be kept for vehicles with a gross vehicle weight (maximum operating weight) of 10,001 pounds or more; designated, or used, to transport more than 8 passengers (including the driver) for pay, or 15 passengers without pay; or vehicles that require placards for transporting hazardous materials.  A company will typically know if they have this requirement based on the fact that they currently keep Hours of Service logs.

Your ELD Options

If you require ELD’s, it is best to purchase an ELD-compliant telematics device along with an ELD terminal. FieldLogix works with ELD partners and can help guide you toward a solution that would meet the ELD requirement. One such option is a self-contained unit that uses a mobile app to meet the minimum ELD requirements. Another option is a device that would also transmit the ELD data to the FieldLogix website for the fleet administrator to access. Contact us by completing the form below if you would like to learn more about our ELD options.

ELD Legislation Status

As of July 18, 2017, a bill has been introduced in Department of Transportation’s appropriations bill by the US House of Representatives to review, and possibly delay, the ELD mandate for two years. If approved, the ELD mandate will go into effect in December of 2019. The Department of Transportation and Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration (FMNCSA) have 60 days to review and decide on any delays in implementation.

Further reading:
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association – Description of who must keep Hours of Service Logs

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association – The ELD mandate

Freightwaves – Bill Introduced to Delay the ELD Rule 2 Years

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