Mandatory Electronic Logging Devices

The clock is ticking. Come Dec. 17, the paper logbooks that truck drivers have been required to use to track their hours of work and rest since the 1930s will be history for interstate trucking operations, used only for emergency backup in case of a malfunction of new, mandatory electronic logging devices.
The ELD mandate was ranked the number-one issue facing the industry in the American Transportation Research Institute’s Annual Survey for 2016, a jump of five places from 2015.
“Uncertainty and apprehension surrounding implementation of the ELD mandate is shaping up to cause a bumpy rollout,” says Marc C. Tucker with transportation law firm Smith Moore Leather wood. Come December, he says, “scenes of holiday shoppers braving long lines at the local mall in order to buy the latest and greatest holiday gift may be supplanted by carriers rushing at the last minute to locate a certified ELD.”
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced the final ELD rule in December 2015. It requires electronic logging devices for all trucks model-year 2000 or newer engaged in interstate commerce. Suppliers of ELDs must conform to technical specifications, certify their ELDs, and register them with FMCSA.
“You can definitely see the wave of ELD adoption moving forward,” says David Heller, vice president of government affairs at the Truckload Carriers Association.
However, the most common mistake fleets make when adopting ELDs is trying to do it too quickly, says Tom Bray, senior editor with safety and compliance product/service provider J.J. Keller. “It takes time to select a good system that is a match for your fleet, develop the compliance culture necessary to operate in the electronic logging universe, train everyone in how to use the system, and roll it out in an orderly fashion,” says Bray.
That’s why he and others are urging fleets who have not already started the process of adopting ELDs to get moving.

Provided by Deborah Lockridge-