Surviving with ELD

Surviving with ELD



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We should begin toward the start. The most widely recognized inquiry with respect to the command is, “What is it and what does it mean?” Although the last lead was distributed in December 2015, sections of the business still battle to see how it will influence them and what ELD consistence will resemble.

The ELD order was set up by Congress requiring paper logbooks be supplanted with an electronic logging gadget to record a driver’s Record of Duty Status (RODS). The gadget must have the ability to be associated with the vehicle’s electronic control module (ECM) to track its developments, while enabling drivers to alter and transporter’s specialist to make proposed alters. Different points of interest inside the lead incorporate the ELD execution and outline benchmarks, supporting archives; drivers and transporters are required to keep, and driver security from ELD provocation.

If you’re just getting started now, you don’t have much time left. The ELD Mandate Timeline for most motor carriers and drivers to transition to a certified automatic on-board recording devices (AOBRD) or ELD is December 18, 2017. Starting that date, the state’s Department of Transportation (DOT) inspectors will be enforcing the ELD regulations for ELD equipped vehicles.

However, for those who have already implemented automatic on-board recording devices (AOBRDs) before the compliance deadline will be in compliant until December 16, 2019, before having to change over.

WHAT DATA IS COLLECTED? Key data points the ELDs will automatically extract and record:

l Date l Time

l CMV location l Engine hours

l Vehicle miles l Vehicle identification data  

l Motor carrier identification data

l Identification information of driver or authenticated user

WHO IS EXEMPT? The ELD rule applies to the majority of carriers and drivers who are currently required to keep paper logs but there are exemptions according to the FMCSA.

l Drivers who use paper RODS for not more than 8 days out of every 30-day period.

l Drivers who conduct drive-away-tow-away operations, where the vehicle being driven is the commodity being delivered, or the vehicle being transported is a motor home or a recreation vehicle trailer with one or more sets of wheels on the surface of the roadway.

l Drivers vehicles with engine model year older than 2000

Interesting fact – you don’t have to have implement an ELD yet to be mandate-compliant. You’ve the option to utilize an AOBRD until December 18th, 2019. The major difference between both solutions are the technical specifications outlined in each Code of Federal Regulation (CFR).

Many companies have opted to maintain their AOBRD, which is based on regulations adopted in 1988, consisting of only a few pages rather than going to ELDs, before they have to. Review the pros and cons of each solution and consider your business objective to help you decide which is best for your operation. You have options – Purchasing an AOBRD gives you 2 additional years before having to comply with stricter ELD rules. Choose an AOBRD that gives you the option to upgrade to an ELD.

How to choose right ELD, review the check list below for the major factors

>> Does the vendor have a customer retention rate of 99% or greater?

>> Has the vendor been in business for more than 15 years?

>> Is the vendor recognized as an industry leader?

>> Technology Can the ELDs be connected with the vehicle’s electronic control module (ECM) to provide data?

>> Is the hardware and software created by the same vendor?

>> Can the system by updated over the air?

>> Is the device able to transmit data to enforcements for review and to a fleet management system?

>> Location Accuracy?

>> Does it automatically record all driving time and at intervals?

>> Does it record date, time, location, vehicle miles, engine hours, and driver identification?

>> Does it provide separate accounts for drivers and administrative ELD users?

Keep in mind – “It’s your responsibility to be compliant, and not the providers.”