What YOU need to know about the ELD Mandate?

What YOU need to know about the ELD Mandate

As the clock continues to countdown toward the ELD Mandate compliance date, owner operators and trucking company owners alike should be looking to adopt a solution. Before making a purchase, it pays to do your due diligence and become familiar with the ELD Mandate and what it will mean for your fleet. Below are the answers to a few common questions surrounding the ELD Mandate.

What is the ELD Mandate?

The ELD Mandate is a new rule published by the FMCSA requiring the use of electronic logging devices to keep records of duty status.  It was officially passed on December the 16th 2015, and provides a two-year period for fleets to make the transition to electronic logs.  The 516¬≠page rule details new technical specifications for ELDs, clarifies supporting document requirements and includes measures aimed at ensuring that ELDs are not used to harass drivers.

When must you comply with the Mandate?

The ELD mandate, published by the FMCSA on December 16th 2015, has a compliance date of December 18th, 2017.

Who must comply with the Mandate?

All for-hire and private carriers whose drivers are presently required to complete Records of Duty Status (RODS) must comply with the mandate.

Are there any ELD Mandate Exemptions?

  • If Prior to December 2017 you installed and are actively using an AOBRD you are provided with an extension to the compliance date to December 17th, 2019.
  • Drivers who keep RODS no more than 8 days during any 30-day period.
  • Driveaway-towaway drivers (transporting an empty vehicle for sale, lease, or repair), provided that the vehicle driven is part of the shipment.
  • Drivers of vehicles manufactured before model year 2000.

An exception was made to provide relief for those drivers who use RODS infrequently (that is, no more than 8 days in any 30-day period). This includes those who only occasionally drive commercial vehicles, and short-haul drivers who use time cards rather than RODS.

Are you wondering how the ELD Mandate will impact your fleet? Contact TransReport today to find out how our partnership with Omnitracs Fleet Management can help you become compliant.