The electronic logging device mandate went into effect this week, but as of earlier this month 49 percent of owner-operators still haven’t selected an ELD. Today we’re going to take a look at what you need to know about the 2017 ELD mandate and what it means for you.
As of Dec. 18, 2017, all commercial driver’s license truckers required to keep a Record of Duty Status must use an ELD to document their compliance with hours of service rules. The new mandate states the ELD must:
– Connect to the tucker’s engine to record if the truck is in motion
– Allow the driver to log in and select from on-duty, off-duty or on-duty not driving, which must be automatically selected based on vehicle movement
– Graphically display RODS, so a driver can always see their working hours in a day
– Provide dates in a format that is standardized and can be transmitted to law enforcement via USB, Bluetooth or wireless web services
– Be provider-certified that the device meets the proper specifications
What are the benefits of the ELD Mandate?
- Decreased Fuel Cost: By monitoring truck idle time or speeding events, fleets can create programs that incentivise truck drivers to increase fuel efficiency.
- Reduced Truck Downtime: Fleet management system users can see reduced vehicle downtimes of 15 percent and improved vehicle utilization of 13 percent, according to research by the Aberdeen Group.
- Lower Total Crash Rates: Drivers using ELDs had a significantly lower total crash rate and preventable crash rate than trucks not equipped with one, according to the Center of Trucks and Bus Safety of Virginia Tech Transportation Institute.
- Simplified Regulatory Compliance: When truckers comply with the ELD mandate, they are also meeting other regulations, including Driver Vehicle Inspection Reports and the international fuel tax agreement.
Check out more trucking updates in our past blogs: