The long-awaited final rule on electronic logging devices (ELDs) has been released by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). The new ELD regulations mandate the use of electronic logging devices for records of duty status (RODS).
According to the FMCSA’s official announcement, the ELD rule will “improve roadway safety by employing technology to strengthen commercial truck and bus drivers’ with hours of service regulations that prevent fatigue.” ELDs will benefit the trucking industry in many ways, by saving time and costs associated with paper logs, increasing the efficiency of record-keeping and inspections, and most importantly, by preventing accidents and saving lives.
See Also: ELD Exemptions & Frequently Asked Questions on the ELD Mandate
To phase-in the use of ELDs, the FMCSA has set out two specific implementation deadlines. By December 18, 2017, all affected motor carriers and drivers must use either an ELD or AOBRD (automatic onboard recording device). By December 16, 2019, all motor carriers and drivers subject to the rule must use only ELDs.
An ELD (or electronic logging device) automatically records Hours of Service (HOS), driving time, and monitors information such as location, engine hours, vehicle movement, and miles driven. The ELD collects these critical pieces of data by attaching to a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) and synchronizing with the engine.
Key advantages of using ELDs over paper logs:
Essentially all CMV carriers that operate across state lines will be impacted. Any driver who maintains 8 or more days worth of duty status logs, out of 30 days, will require an ELD. The FMCSA does allow exceptions for drivers who are not required to keep records of duty status (RODS), as well as:
If you are a motor carrier, it’s important to begin the transition to ELDs now.
To help fleets in the planning process, Geotab has prepared a quick guide to updated ELD regulations: Understanding the FMCSA’s Final Rule on ELDs: An Overview of Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) and Compliance for Fleets. Click on the banner below to read the full report.
In this report, you will learn:
Geotab Drive is Geotab’s FMCSA compliant solution for Hours of Service (HOS), Driver Vehicle Inspection Reporting, and driver identification. The smart driver app syncs data between the Geotab GO device and a tablet to provide numerous functions, such as automatic duty status changes, violation alerts, among others, and complete end-to-end inspection workflow. Geotab Drive is compatible with the Geotab GO device; IOX-USB; and Android or iOS.
Learn more simplifying compliance on our ELD page here.
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While Geotab recognizes our place as a self-registered ELD manufacturer and provider and we will answer questions regarding those Hours of Service (HOS) ruleset options we provide, neither Geotab nor any of its employees, officers or agents can offer legal advice to any resellers or customers concerning which HOS ruleset(s) or exemption(s) may apply to any particular situation. Please contact your local DOT department or refer to the FMCSA website at https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/ for questions Geotab is unable to answer.
Originally published March 2016. Updated March 2018.
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