Frequently Asked Questions About the FMCSA’s ELD Mandate

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The FMCSA’s new ELD mandate requires all records of Records of Duty Status logs to be kept electronically. This means that companies and drivers who are currently keeping paper records of their logs will need to use an electronic logging device to automatically log their hours starting December 2017.

Is your company ready to comply with the ELD Mandate?

While two years seems like a long time to comply, resist the temptation to put off the transition “until next year.” You know very well that will then be pushed to the next year…and then the next. Until it’s 2017 and you will be scrambling to find a supplier to comply with the ELD mandate. If you start collecting the necessary information now, you have plenty of time to research the best ELD provider for your needs, test out a pilot with their product to ensure it not only meets compliance but also meets your business needs – with plenty of time to train your drivers to use the device appropriately.

To help your search, we’ve compiled a list of FAQ that can help you make an informed decision as you consider your options:

Common Questions Regarding the ELD Mandate

 

What if I already have an ELD?
Frequently asked questions about the ELD mandate
Many fleets, understanding the benefits of an ELD already have an automatic on-board recording device (AOBR) or an electronic logging system (ELS) in their vehicles. However, many of these may not be compliant with the FMCSA’s ELD mandate, which has strict requirements for the device to comply with their guidelines. You can find out whether your AOBR meets the requirements here.

Who’s affected?

Anyone required to keep Records of Duty Status is affected by the FMCSA’s ELD mandate. This means that by December 2017, all record keeping must be done electronically. The one exception to this are drivers exempt from hours of service (HOS) logging.

When do I need to comply?

The official date to comply is December 10, 2017. However, fleets who have previously installed recording devices such as an AOBR or ELS have until December 2019 to make sure their devices comply with the requirements set out in the ELD mandate.

Are there any cost benefits to having ELDs?

Absolutely, which is why it’s so important to make an informed decision when picking a provider. Each ELD technology provider caters to a different range of capabilities and pricing. Know what your business needs and matching it with the best provider will allow you to get the biggest and quickest ROI on your endeavours.

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For more information about how to work the ELD mandate into your day-to-day operations, download our white paper Preparing for the FMCSA’s Electronic Logging Device (ELD) Mandate. In it you will find:

  • The detailed FMCSA requirements for an ELD
  • How to show compliance roadside
  • The steps to choosing an ELD provider

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