The ELD Mandate is a broadly sweeping rule that will impact over 3.4 million drivers within the United
States. It requires, with few exceptions, the drivers to transition from paper logs. From these logs, drivers will move to new devices that meet the requirements set forth in the rule’s language.
Rules For Improving Road Safety
The final rule was implemented to improve road safety, ensure compliance to HOS regulations, as well as to protect commercial drivers and the motoring public. According to the (Federal Motor Carriers Association (FMCSA), the ELD rule is projected to “save 26 lives and prevent 562 injuries resulting from crashes involving large commercial motor vehicles” annually. It is also expected to provide significant benefits to their users.
ELDs eliminate paperwork and prevent HOS fines stemming from inaccurate logs. ELDs also put an end to unproductive hours spent by drivers filling out their Record of Duty Status (RODS).
ELD does NOT change HOS
It is important to note that the ELD Mandate doesn’t change Hours of Service (HOS) regulations. Written driver logs are manual and time consuming. They are also error prone! ELDs automates it so that
drivers can focus on what’s important – operating their vehicles safely
When do Fleets Need to be Compliant?
Fleets that did not qualify under the grandfather clause by having an AOBRD in use, ELD became mandatory in December of 2017.
Fleets that fell under the grandfather clause, which enables any vehicle that adopts an AOBRD in advance of the effective date (December 18th, 2017), fleets will remain compliant through the end of the Grandfather Period (December 16th, 2019). After this date, AOBRDs will no longer be a compliant solution.