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The ELD Mandate timeline
A timeline of events leading up to 16 December 2019, when drivers of commercial motor vehicles and for-hire private motor carriers will be required to have installed and be using an FMCSA-compliant Electronic Logging Device (ELD).
ELD: Just the facts
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All about MiX’s ELD solution
ELDs fitted by MiX Telematics as part of our Hours of Service solution are registered with the FMCSA and fully compliant with their specifications in terms of performance, design and technical specifications.

Everything you need to know about the ELD Mandate

In December 2015, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced the final Hours of Service (HOS) rule requiring commercial motor vehicle drivers to track their Record of Duty Status (RODS) electronically, using compliant Electronic Logging Devices (ELD) versus paper logbooks. A phased approach will lead up to the final deadline for compliance of December 16, 2019.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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).

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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.

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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.

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02 August 2016
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.

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With the deadline for the FMCSA’s ELD Mandate Final Rule just around the corner, we’ve set out your journey to compliance in six straightforward steps.

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ELD Mandate: Do you qualify for exemption
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.

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ELD Reasons to move now
You may think that the FMCSA's ELD Mandate December 2019 final deadline is a long way off and that you still have plenty of time to comply.

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