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Welcome to the ELD Era

by Anna Mischke | Mar 30, 2018

shutterstock_631747076The contentious ELD mandate goes into hard enforcement April 1st – are fleets prepared for the regulation shift? Only a few days before full regulation, compliance rates hover around 92%. The remaining percentage of drivers out of compliance after April 1st could be officially placed out of service for ten hours, with potential additional consequences including not being allowed to dispatch again until an ELD is implemented.

During the Mid-America Trucking Show, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Office of Compliance and Enforcement Director, Joe DeLorenzo, shared what truckers should be expecting after the first of April and what they ought to be doing before. DeLorenzo advised truckers to consider all of the aspects of compliance, as ELDs are ultimately purposed for tracking hours of service. Some main points to remember:

  • The ELD device’s user manual (paper or electronic) must be on board
  • Instruction sheet for date of transfer must be on board
  • ELD malfunction instruction sheet must be on board
  • If an ELD malfunctions, drivers have eight days to utilize paper logs
  • If stopped during an inspection, drivers should cooperate with the officer when hours-of-service data is requested
  • Drivers can utilize the built-in function for personal conveyance, found under special driving categories
  • Don’t forget to log out

While many are wary about the new rule, the vast majority of owner-operators are equipped for the mandate. It is a carrier’s responsibility to help prepare their drivers for training to lower stress and best transition into the new era of ELDs.

 

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  1. Anthony | Jul 19, 2018

    Ive been running electronic logs for years. I think its better since it prevents drivers from driving too much and dispatchers from running us in the ground. 

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