In 2017, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) kicked-off the new ELD mandate. The mandate stipulates that by December 16, 2019, all commercial motor carriers must have an electronic logging device. The device tracks hours of service. Furthermore, it records vehicle miles, engine hours, date, time, and location.
The mandate replaces previous methods of tracking hours of service (HOS) such as AOBRDs or EOBRs. These keep records of Duty Statuses (RODs). The official federal HOS rules remain the same but will be more easily enforced due to the automatic logging capabilities. ELDs must meet specific standards recommended by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association.
How Will ELD Standards Change in 2020?
Since 2017, the transition to ELD has been gradual. The majority of motor carrier operations added the devices during the first few months of 2018. Operations that were already using AOBRDs have until December 16, 2019, to make the switch to ELDs.
However, by 2020, all US-based commercial motor vehicles must have an ELD installed to be in compliance with the mandate.
So far, enforcement officials have allowed fleet owners and operators time to change to ELDs. However, that window is slowly closing. Drivers may have to do roadside inspections of enforcing the mandate. To avoid penalties, fleet operators and independents need to have the following on-board at all times:
- Paper log sheets as back-up;
- An ELD user manual;
- A certified, registered, regulation-compliant ELD;
- Instruction sheet for reporting ELD malfunctions; and
- Instructions for data transfer mechanisms supported by the ELD.
According to the standards, non-exempt drivers without compliant ELDs or grandfathered AOBRDs will receive a fine. These fines can be hefty. In fact, they can be upwards to thousands of dollars.
Upcoming Issues and Concerns to Think About
Trucking is one of the most common jobs in the United States, and. Implementing the ELD mandate is a massive undertaking. Things are bound to go wrong. In the end, the devices will improve highway safety dramatically. A few concerns have yet to be worked out that can cause issues in the coming months and years. These include:
- ELD isn’t allowed everywhere. Some areas prohibit commercial vehicles from having an ELD. These areas include any US government or government contractor facilities.
- Crowded rest stops. Drivers pushed past their hourly driving limits need to log more frequent rest hours.
- More tickets and fines. Operators who resist complying with the new standard for installing the devices face stiff penalties. However, the number of tickets will drop once drivers and operators have complied with the mandate’s rules.
Start looking for an ELD provider today to ensure that you aren’t caught off-guard. It’s going to take time to make the change and learn how to use the device properly. Also, if you have a fleet, you’ll need plenty of time to train drivers and other personnel on using the system.
TruckingOffice Has the Solution for Your ELD Needs
We know that the federal ELD standards are strict and have few exceptions. We also know that failing to comply with the FMCSA’s ELD mandate is bad for business. That’s why we worked hard to develop a fully compliant ELD solution with owner-operators and small fleet managers in mind.
Switching over to electronic logging devices in your trucks might make you wonder if it could hurt your business. We can assure you that an ELD can benefit your business. This is by saving you both time and money. And you don’t have to worry about implementing some complicated system that has a huge learning curve.
Our ELD works exactly how the government says it should. You get precisely what you need for your trucking business without the unnecessary bells and whistles that other ELD systems are advertising. Simply plug the vehicle interface device (VID) into the electronic control module (ECM) port under the dashboard. Then, the ELD will automatically sync with the vehicle engine and record all the required data.
One of the key benefits of ELDs is the fact that they accurately track driving hours. They ensure Hours of Service (HOS) compliance. This is a critical component of the ELD mandate.
The Trucking Office ELD System
We know that truckers aren’t too happy about the ELD mandate. Also, we know that owner-operators are worried about what kind of impact the new ELD standards will have on their trucking business. We understand these things because we are truckers too, and we know what it’s like to be forced to comply with a new regulation that you aren’t fully on board with. ELDs are designed to record data related to driver activity and truck operation, but what else are the devices recording? Are they expensive? Will they cut into profit margins? These are the kinds of concerns we took into consideration when we developed our Trucking Office ELD system for trucking businesses.
Our ELD system is affordable and easy to learn and use. In fact, it’s already being used by trucking companies small and large to ensure compliance with the new electronic logging device rule. The best thing about our system is that it’s specifically designed for owner-operators and fleet builders looking to get compliant with the ELD mandate. You may not be thrilled about using an ELD, but you are still required to have one in your trucks as of December 2019. So don’t wait to get your fully compliant Trucking Office ELD system.
With the TruckingOffice ELD System, getting compliant is quick and affordable. The easy plug-and-play feature will have you feeling like a pro in no time. You’ll appreciate the flexibility that allows you to use your own devices. Whether you’re using an Android, iPhone, or tablet, our system is compatible.
Our ELD system is FMCSA certified and highly recommended by truckers. Many are already enjoying the benefits of our product. We have experts available to assist you in any way. Our goal is to make the process of switching is as stress-free as possible.
Time is running out. Get started today to be sure there are no unexpected delays. Sign up for your TruckingOffice ELD System here.