In our November newsletter we published information about the ELD Mandate.
As a reminder, the FMCSA’s final ELD (Electronic Logging Device) rule requires most commercial motor vehicles to install ELD by December 18, 2017.
According to Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) beginning April 1, 2018, inspectors will start removing commercial motor vehicle drivers from service if their vehicle is not equipped with the required device.
Please note, a motor carrier may continue to use a grandfathered automatic onboard recording device (AOBRD) no later than Dec. 16, 2019. The AOBRD must meet the requirements of 49 C.F.R. 395.15. Here you can read about ELD implementation.
Industry professionals have conflicting opinions about this rule. Some think that this rule would affect the industry negatively and others see positive outcomes. The ELD Mandate was created to help boost safety in the industry as a whole, but individual truck drivers and fleet owners may soon see the benefits in complying with this legislation.
FMCSA’s website listed several ELD’s benefits:
It makes easier and quicker to keep driver logs;
It provides information to drivers and motor carriers, so that drivers could better manage fatigue and schedule issues;
ELD is a good management tool and back office asset to improve productivity and enhance compliance;
More information about ELD benefits you can find here
The rule is intended to help create a safer work environment for drivers, and make it easier and faster to accurately track, manage and share RODS data. As part of the MAP-21 Act, Congress required adoption of the ELD rule.
Carriers or drivers cannot choose not to comply with the ELD rule, but they can choose when to begin. According to FMCSA by December 16, 2019, truckers must have a certified ELD.
For more information about ELD Rules and ELD Rule Exceptions, visit FMCSA website
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