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, they are companies that transport people or cargo over long distances. 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.