The ELD Mandate Explained

If you work in trucking, shipping, logistics, or any other supply chain industry, you’ve surely heard of ELDs, and the ELD compliance mandate. This has left a lot of people wondering what exactly the mandate is, as well as how it could affect them. In this blog, we’ll discuss what exactly the mandate entails, and how you can make sure that you are in compliance.

In December 2015, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) released the official electronic logging device mandate. The mandate stipulates that all truck drivers must implement electronic logging devices (ELDs) by December 2017. The ELDs will be used to track driver’s record of duty status (RODS), and replace the commonly used paper logs which many drivers use to record their hours of service (HOS).

While many drivers are frustrated that they are being forced to comply with this mandate, it is important to know that this rule is intended to increase driver safety and efficiency. As we have mentioned in previous posts, nearly 4,000 large truck accidents end in fatality every year. ELDs will help keep drivers safe by keeping more accurate records of HOS in order to ensure that drivers are not putting themselves at risk.

So who is required to comply with the ELD mandate? The rule extends to almost everyone who is required to keep RODS. According to FMCSA, though, there are a few specific exceptions to the rule:

  • Drivers who operate under the short-haul exceptions may continue using time cards;
    they are not required to keep RODS and will not be required to use ELDs.
  • Drivers who use paper RODS for not more than 8 days out of every 30-day period.
  • Drivers who conduct drive-away-tow-away operations, in which the vehicle being driven
    is the commodity being delivered.
  • Drivers of vehicles manufactured before 2000.

If these exemptions do not apply to you, then you will be required to comply with the mandate by December 18, 2017. However, it is important to note that not all ELDs are created equal – many offer only the logging device. There are others, such as Konexial’s MY20 app, that give the driver everything they could need to be as efficient as possible. My20 offers the ELD, integrated GPS service, low-cost fuel options, patent pending load matching service and more.
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