The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, through a Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, said last year that mandated electronic logging devices (ELDs) could come 2016.
Here is what you need to know:
What is an ELD?
An ELD is an electronic device that records a driver’s driving hours and duty status automatically.
How do you know if you are in compliance with the mandate?
Determining if your fleet is affected by the mandate
The mandate will apply to all drivers who are currently required to keep paper Records of Duty Status (RODS).
Drivers who are required to keep RODS in eight or more days out of every 30 days must use an ELD. While drivers that fall under the HOS exemption (i.e. short haul drivers operating within a 100-mile radius or non-CDL drivers operating within a 150-mile radius) are not required to have an ELD, the mandate is estimated to affect approximately 3.1M trucks and 3.4M drivers according to the FMCSA.
Timeline for carrier compliance
Carriers and drivers will be required to install or use a compliant ELD two years after the effective date of the final rule. Carriers who already have AOBRDs installed prior to the ELD mandate, however, have two additional years to comply.
Six reasons to be e-log compliant early
While some CMV fleets have moved to e-logs many are still using paper logbooks. Sometimes it’s just because they’ve never looked at the alternatives. They’re not aware of what options or hardware is available, nor the benefits of switching to an electronic logging device as part of a connected telematics system.
Since full compliance is still some time away, it’s tempting for carriers to put off adopting ELDs until later. But consider the following six key benefits to changing over now:
- Hours of Service (HOS) compliance – It’s not just about keeping a good record with the DOT, it’s about keeping your drivers safe. Maintaining good HOS minimizes driver fatigue and reduces the accident count.
- Hard braking – Electronic logging of driver behavior alerts you to incidents of unsafe and wasteful driving.
- Speeding – In-cab alerts and management reporting has seen fleets reduce speeding by 90%. Telogis is the only solution that provides you with accurate speeding metrics against actual posted limits.
- Idle time – Are you measuring unproductive idling? How much fuel is being wasted by idling? Switch the light on with Telogis telematics.
- Out of route miles – Do you know how efficient your drivers are getting from A to B, and everywhere in between? Telogis can not only show you how much you can save by optimizing your existing routing but also make sure that your drivers are following the plan – every day of the week.
- Fuel – Fuel savings can be found, not just in reducing speeding, unproductive idling or wasteful driving, but also in making sure that every cent spent on a fuel card is authorized.