If you were holding out on implementing an Electronic Logging Device (ELD) solution for your over-the-road trucks, it’s time to start working it into the budget.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) ELD mandate will take effect as scheduled on its original deadline of December 18, 2017.
Earlier this year, U.S. Rep. Brian Babin (R.-Texas) introduced H.R. 3282, the ELD Extension Act of 2017 , a bill that would postpone the date that mandatory electronic truck logging devices would be required by two years.
But Rep. David Price (D.-N.C.), a top transportation funding leader for Democrats in the House, said implementing the new rule “makes sense in terms of the safety for the people, the safety on our roads.”
The ELD mandate requires drivers who currently complete Hours of Service (HOS) paper logbooks to switch to electronic logging with approved devices. It was included in the Federal Highway Administration’s MAP-21 Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (Public Law 112-141) signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2012 and was designed to modernize the nation’s freight truck network, help truckers and employers comply with HOS and other regulations, and improve roadway safety.
“Since 1938, complex, on-duty/off-duty logs for trucks and bus drivers were made with pencil and paper, virtually impossible to verify,” then-U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in 2015. “This automated technology not only brings logging records into the modern age; it also allows safety inspectors to unmask violations of federal law that put lives at risk.”
See the FMCSA’s final rule here.
The ELD mandate will affect long- and short-haul drivers, including those in construction. Short-haul drivers will be exempted if the driver has fewer than 12 hours of duty time and fewer than 11 hours of drive time, takes at least 10 consecutive hours off between shifts, and stays within a 100-mile radius from where they start/stop their shift.
See this simple checklist to find out whether your company must meet new ELD requirements.
HCSS now offers a low-cost way to help you stay ELD compliant, while also improving your business efficiency. HCSS eLogs is a simple-to-install, easy-to-use solution that plugs right into your vehicle and logs hours. Your drivers can use the mobile app to track HOS, Driver Vehicle Inspection Reports, and IFTA reporting and send data to the office so you can monitor behaviors and inspections to avoid violations.