ELD Mandate Compliance
Electronic Logging Devices
If you're a trucking company, you
should have Dec. 18, 2017 circled on your calendar. That's the day on
which commercial drivers must be in compliance with the Federal Motor
Carrier Safety Administration's mandate for using electronic logging
devices (ELD). After that date, drivers are subject to penalties and
fines if they are not found to be in compliance with the mandate. The
ELD mandate is proposed to convert drivers' hours of service and other
information from pencil-and-paper logs to electronic data. Through the
use of ELDs, drivers will be able to log fundamental information
directly from the engine of their trucks as well as information they
log themselves such as trailer numbers and shipping documents. This
allows such information to be logged automatically and more accurately
than on paper.
Being in compliance with the ELD mandate means trucking companies need to be aware of which devices count under the new rules, how to ensure those devices remain in compliance, and how to confirm the devices are being used in accordance with the law. For example, carriers must be aware that any action they take that they know will lead to drivers violating their hours of service rules constitutes harassment - they can face stiff penalties for such transgressions. These actions considered harassment of drivers include interacting with the driver while the driver is supposed to be sleeping and falsely editing records on the ELD. Carriers also need to be sure their drivers carry all of the required materials related to their ELDs, including user's manuals, instruction sheets and paper logs in the event of an error.
The future is now for the trucking industry, and carriers can't afford to wait much longer to bring their drivers and trucks into compliance with the ELD mandate. The consequences for missing the deadline for compliance may be aggravating at best and devastating at worst for carriers. It's in a company's best interest to make sure everything is taken care of prior to the deadline. The following slideshow from Track Your Truck details what you need to be aware of regarding the upcoming ELD mandate deadline, so make sure you're ready for Dec. 18.