Asking “When will electronic logbooks be mandatory” might be the wrong question altogether. Remember that your competitors are always trying to one-up you. The savvy ones have already made the switch. Delaying the changeover only gives them an added advantage. That’s just not a smart way for you to do business.
But since you asked, here’s the simple answer to the question. It’s December 17, 2017.
A better answer is, “as soon as possible, if you want to enjoy a better quality of life.” Electronic logbooks will free you from the hassle of doing needless paperwork for no money. When we say “needless,” we mean that the technology to track miles electronically has existed for a while. It’s just now beginning to benefit the trucking industry.
Trucking has always been a highly regulated industry. This is for good reason. In fact, today’s regulatory environment is nothing compared to the rules that truckers had to deal with back in the day. Ask anyone who remembers what things were like before Uncle Sam relaxed the rules in the 1970s. Today’s professional drivers have more opportunities to call their own shots than ever before. Electronic logbooks will have no effect on this aspect of the industry.
The Purpose of the ELD Rule
The purpose of the ELD rule that goes into effect on December 17. It is to give truck drivers an easier, more convenient way to track their miles and driving hours. According to the ELD mandate, trucking companies will be required to equip their commercial vehicles with an electronic logging device. It is made to sync with the truck’s engine and accurately record driving activities throughout the day. Not only does an ELD ensure compliance with Hours of Service (HOS) regulations, it also makes it easier to calculate IFTA fuel tax reports. You’ll find that, with an ELD in your truck, you no longer have to spend countless hours manually filling out paper logbooks. You don’t have to spend time calculating your driving time. This means you can spend more time actually behind the wheel, making money.
There has been a lot of confusion surrounding the upcoming implementation of the new ELD standards. Not to mention serious concerns about how the ELD rule will affect the trucking industry. What many truck drivers and owner-operators don’t realize is how much the ELD mandate can actually benefit them. That is why we are encouraging trucking companies to switch over to using electronic logging devices in their trucks as soon as possible.
In order to help small trucking companies make the transition to ELDs as seamless and convenient as possible, we are developing a fully compliant ELD system. This is specifically designed for owner-operators and small fleet managers.
To sum it all up, the best answer to the question, “when will electronic logbooks be mandatory?” is “as soon as TruckingOffice has its ELD out.”
Yes, we’re producing an ELD because we think that truckers deserve more. More than whatever some junior programmer is coming up with in a corporation that gets its only shipping via email. We’ve got truckers testing this now and look to have our ELD on the market soon. You will be confident that we’ve got the bare minimum that the government requires. No extras that will cost you extra.
While we’re talking about technology, we should mention that TruckingOffice trucking management software has all the features you need. Time to to make more money for less effort. You can use our software for a free trial and see how good it is for yourself. If at the end of that time, you don’t agree with this, then just walk away. You’re never under any obligation to spend a dime. It’s as simple as that.