If you are currently using logbooks or forms to write down how many hours you’re driving, your start and stop times, mileage, locations, and other data, you will soon be needing new technology for your truck: an electronic logging device. Electronic Logging Device Mandate is a mandatory automatic recording device which comes in a variety of types and price points, but they all share a key functionality: the ability to precisely record Hours of Service (HOS).
In December 2015, after much discussion, debate, and even trials and court decisions, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Authority (FMCSA) released its mandate for the installation of electronic logging devices (ELD) in all over-the-road vehicles meeting certain requirements.
- In the mid-1980s, motor carriers began using various automatic recording devices in their trucks and since then the FMCSA’s ELD requirement had a difficult history.
- In 2000, the FMCSA introduced regulations that would require ELD use but those measures were blocked by a 2004 court order.
- In 2010, the FMCSA tried again and began requiring those motor carriers who substantially violated HOS regulations to install electronic recorders for monitoring their driving hours.
- In 2012, a lawsuit filed by the OOIDA (Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association) brought that requirement to a stop.
- The ELD requirement was once again moved forward in 2014 legislation and the mandate was released on December 10, 2015
December 18, 2017: ELD installation and use required for drivers who had been recording hours of service and other information on paper logs
December 18, 2019: ELD installation and use required for drivers who had been using a compliant advanced onboard recording device (AOBRD) prior to December 18, 2017
What does this mean to you?
Here’s a quick look at ELDs:
Purpose: The goal of the ELD Mandate is to provide local, state, or federal officials an accurate and immediate electronic display or printout of the driver’s hours of service (HOS) over the previous 7 days, including starting time and duty status. The ELD needs to record a variety of information including the driver’s name, truck number, total miles driven in a 24-hour period, name of co-driver, shipping document numbers or shipper and type of freight, locations, and more.
Process: By monitoring the truck’s engine, the ELD can record the driver’s time and number of miles driven. Traditionally, drivers would record this information, along with their locations, on paper logbooks. The ELD, carefully calibrated and hard-wired to the engine to track when the truck is moving, maintains precise records.
Exceptions: Drivers of pre-2000 model trucks and tow trucks that are not in use more than 8 days in a 30-day period will not be required to install FMCSA-compliant ELDs.
Benefits: The FMCSA estimates an annual national savings of $3.4 billion in reduced highway accidents as a result of better hours of service monitoring and reduced paperwork. Drivers can save time they had previously been spending on various hours of service forms and other paperwork. Back at the home base, dispatchers can keep current with each driver’s status, enabling them to plan more efficiently while ensuring hours-of-service compliance. The devices also monitor the vehicle’s condition and performance, which can enhance efficiency and safety on the road.
How You Can Get Started
Helping our motor carrier clients through the transition to ELDs is all part of Interstate Capital’s commitment to providing them best factoring services in the industry.
When you’re ready for the ELD for your vehicle or fleet, call the experts at Interstate Capital for savings on your equipment.
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