On December 18, the now-infamous ELD mandate came into effect. A survey conducted in October of last year found that 60% of for-hire fleets have yet to switch from paper logs to electronic logging devices (ELDs). Among private fleets, the number was zero. Since the process can be lengthy, these results indicate that there are many fleets that likely didn't make the deadline for ELD implementation.
Earlier in the month, the House Transportation Committee attached a directive to this year’s Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) appropriations bill. At the time, there was speculation that the event could end up delaying or repealing the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) ELD mandate set to go into effect on December 18.
The New Year has arrived with a bang – and, with it, the countdown to December 2017, when commercial motor carriers will be required by law to have implemented Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs).
The clock is ticking away as the deadline for the FMCSA’s ELD Mandate inches closer. Fleet managers and drivers are being urged to get their ducks in a row and pick an electronic logging device (ELD).
Not all electronic logging devices (ELDs) are made equal and it's vital that you choose one that meets all the specifications set out in the ELD Mandate/Final Rule if you want to be compliant and avoid being fined.
If it's been said once, it's been said a thousand times over: don't wait until the last minute to become ELD Mandate compliant. The earlier these electronic logging devices are installed, the better – especially as the process of doing so and training the appropriate employees will likely take longer than expected.
Yes, you must use electronic logging devices (ELD) to comply with the ELD Mandate. And, yes, you will have to invest quite a bit of time and money in transitioning to an ELD system that fulfils all the regulations outlined in the FMCSA’s Final Rule. But, as we’ve said in an earlier post, there are plenty of benefits that come from moving from paper and pen to web and wireless technology.
While compliance with the FMCSA's ELD Mandate is compulsory for most drivers of commercial motor vehicles, for-hire and private motor carriers, it's not required for others.
The road to the passing of the FMCSA's ELD Mandate Final Rule hasn't exactly been smooth – in fact there have been plenty of bumps and obstacles. And this is why there is still so much uncertainty about the actual benefits of using electronic logging devices.
It may seem like there's plenty of time to go until the FMCSA's final ELD Mandate deadline on December 16 2019, but there are other important dates and deadlines in the three-and-a-half years before then.
With the long-awaited implementation of the FMCSA’s ELD (Electronic Logging Device) Mandate, gone are the days of drivers logging their records with pencil and paper.