The ELD Mandate Regulation is here.

Samuel gives tips to minimize potential pitfalls when it comes to choosing an ELD provider:

• Avoid Bluetooth-only ELD options because a loss of connectivity can cause data to unknowingly disappear.

• Do not rely on price alone in making a decision. Instead, focus on the interface for drivers and fleet managers to ensure it is user friendly, and includes an easy-to-understand user manual. The more difficult to figure out the ELD device, the more frustrated [drivers] are going to get, and the more they will wish they didn’t have the device and won’t look for opportunities to improve.

• Make sure truckers cannot edit driving time on their own and all original records are retained

• ELDs must automatically track and report undocumented driving, such as if a trucker begins a shift without logging into the system

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The Basics

In 2012, the United States Congress enacted the “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century” bill, or, more commonly referred to as MAP-21. This bill outlined the criteria for highway funding, included a provision requiring the FMCSA to develop a rule mandating the use of electronic logging devices (ELDs).

In its simplest form, an electronic logging device—or ELD—electronically records a driver’s Record of Duty Status (RODS), which replaces the paper logbooks some drivers currently use to record their compliance with Hours of Service (HOS) requirements.

What's Changing

Paper logbooks are going away. Fleets have until December 2017 to implement certified ELDs to record HOS. Fleets already equipped with AOBRDs (Automatic On-Board Recording Devices) will have until December 2019 to ensure compliance with the published specifications.

Who Needs to Comply?

Any driver who operates a vehicle weighing over 10,001 lbs, is designed to transport nine or more passengers, or is transporting hazardous waste (with placards) must begin using an ELD by December 2017. (Exceptions: pre-2000 vehicles, driveaway/towaway operations, drivers maintaining RODS for less than eight days in a rolling 30-day period, or drivers who use the 100 air-mile and/or 150 air-mile short haul exceptions.)