The Department of Transportation has mandated that nearly all commercial drivers adopt an ELD solution by December, but many aren’t prepared to make the switch.
At the end of 2015, the United States Department of Transportation amended the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, mandating that nearly all commercial drivers responsible for maintaining records of duty status data like hours-of-service (HOS) use electronic logging devices (ELDs) to do so.
Hardwired into a vehicle’s engine, an ELD can monitor HOS compliance by collecting information on engine status, vehicle movements, length of engine operation, and miles driven. Though many ELDs have an independent interface connected to a smartphone or other handheld device, neither drivers nor managers have the ability to significantly alter ELD records manually, ensuring that trucking companies strictly adhere to all applicable government regulations and respect their drivers’ rights.
Unless they currently use paper logs fewer than eight days per month, operate a vehicle manufactured prior to the year 2000, or operate a towing vehicle, all commercial drivers must implement an ELD system no later than December 18, 2017. If enforced, this ELD mandate will fundamentally change the way that the trucking industry handles issues around driver compliance and, ultimately, simplify operations.