Electronic logging devices (ELDs) are intended to help make work environments safer for drivers, while making tracking, managing, and sharing records of duty status data simpler and more efficient.

With the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) adoption of the Final Rule, ELDs will soon become mandatory for truck and bus drivers to meet compliance standards starting December 18, 2017.

According to the FMCSA, the ELD Final Rule could annually save up to 26 lives and prevent 562 injuries that could result from accidents involving large commercial motor vehicles. This rule can also culminate in an annual net benefit of over $1 billion, largely because of the decrease in paperwork.

How ELDs Work

ELDs are designed to automatically record driving time and monitor engine hours, miles driven, location information, and vehicle movement. Federal safety regulations place a specific limit on the number of hours that commercial drivers can drive while on-duty, along with hours spent driving overall.

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With these limitations and monitoring procedures set in place, truck and bus drivers will be able to more easily avoid fatigue. ELDs can indicate to drivers when they should take work breaks and rest off-duty prior to returning to work.

The ELD Final Rule will ultimately:

  • Require around three million commercial bus and truck drivers who still use paper logs to update to ELDs within two years.
  • Prohibit all commercial driver harassment based on ELD information, implementing technical and procedural provisions intended to protect all commercial drivers from harassment from shippers, receivers, intermediaries, and others.
  • Set technology specifications that detail performance and design requirements for ELDs to ensure manufactures can maintain compliance through systems and devices, while enabling purchasers to make informed buying decisions.
  • Establish new hours-of-service supporting document requirements that further reduce the need for paperwork.

Smart phones and other wireless communication devices are suitable for use as ELDs, as long as they adhere to the FMCSA’s requirements in a list they provide.

Prepare for the Implementation of the ELD Final Rule

Commercial truckers and bus drivers should begin to make sure that they’re ready for the new requirements regarding ELDs.

With the new Final Rule in place, people looking for high-quality trucking and logistics can take more comfort in knowing that drivers on their route are fit for work, with a much lower risk of issues likely to occur during shipping.

If you have any question, contact the ELD compliance experts today.
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