What is the law and what are the details?
Using electronic logging devices can be considered as one of the most convenient methods available for fleet managers to keep records related to their operators’ productivity and location. In December, a new federal rule will be enforced which will require the use of electronic logging devices for safety purposes.
Why is this law going into effect?
The new ELD mandate will be implemented for the safety of truck drivers and for the safety of those people who share the road with truck drivers. Electronic logs are meant to help provide strict accountability with regard to length of shift, number of hours worked between rest periods, and miles driven. This is all in the name of enhancing the safety of everyone who shares the roads. In other words, this law goes into effect to reduce and eliminate accidents caused by truck drivers who are experiencing fatigue due to exorbitantly long shifts.
How is this beneficial for companies?
Electronic Logging Devices can be used for the convenience of truck drivers and fleet managers. For example, paper logs are a large burden on trucking companies and can be largely replaced by electronic logging devices.
Who Is Exempt?
This mandate would not be applicable for drivers of vehicles built before 2000. In addition, Class 1 and Class 2 trucks will mostly be exempt, with a few exceptions, including the transportation of hazardous materials and those vehicles with a GCWR of over 10,001 pounds. Drivers who keep records of their duty status under 8 days will also be released from using ELDs.
When does it go into effect?
This rule will be enforced starting December 16th, 2017.
What are the penalties for non-compliance?
The noncompliance penalties that are associated with the ELD mandate have not yet been decided. It is up to the FMCSA to analyze all possible scenarios associated with this law and determine the most appropriate penalties. However, at a conference in September of 2015, former FMCSA administrator Annette Sandberg hinted that the enforcement could include a “one strike, you’re out” policy. This would mean that truck operators who fail to comply with the ELD law by December of 2017 might be served with a temporary, or permanent, shut down order. More on that here. http://www.ccjdigital.com/fmcsa-penalties-for-not-complying-with-eld-mandate-still-in-the-works/
What can people do in order to get prepared?
As you can see, we are just a few months away from December and it is the high time for us to get prepared. Since the penalties have not yet been published, we are not sure what we will have to deal with in future. Therefore, all trucking companies should take this seriously. The good news is, we will assist you throughout the process of getting prepared. You just need to get in touch with us and we will guide you throughout the process.