Your trucking business may be on track for adhering to requirements for CDL drug and alcohol testing in South Dakota, but you’ll also want to make sure that you are fully aware of the ELD mandate and what it means for your company.
The information below breaks down what you’ll need to know and the different time frames associated with the ELD mandate implementation process.
What is an ELD?
ELD stands for “electronic logging device.” An ELD is a piece of electronic hardware that is attached to the engine of a commercial motor vehicle to automatically record driving hours, which is an essential task because the driving hours of truck drivers and other commercial drivers are regulated by hours of service rules.
The data recorded by an ELD provides a trucking company with information about the number of hours driven by its drivers. An ELD can also monitor specific elements of a vehicle’s operation, such as the number of miles that were driven, whether the engine is turned on, whether the vehicle is moving or stationary and the length of time that an engine was in operation.
In the past, the trucking industry relied on paper logs or on electronic on-board recorders that, while they provided more accurate data than paper logs, did not present data in a consistent format.
What is the ELD mandate?
The ELD mandate was announced by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) in December 2015. By calling for data to be presented in a consistent format for compliance personnel to access, the rule is intended to improve traffic safety and to decrease fatigued driving through the use of up-to-date technology that aids in commercial drivers’ compliance with rules related to hours of service.
It requires that data about hours of service be presented in a consistent format for compliance officers to review.
What are the phases of the ELD mandate?
From now until December 18, 2017, trucking companies should make preparations to comply and may choose to begin using ELDs that are registered and listed on the FMCSA website. During this period, in addition to registered and approved ELDs, carriers and drivers may use one or more of the following: paper logs, logging software or Automatic On Board Recording Devices (AOBRDs).
Beginning December 18, 2017, trucking companies will be required to use ELDs and will no longer be allowed to use paper logs or logging software.
Starting no later than December 16, 2019, carriers and drivers that have previously used AOBRDs must begin using ELDs.
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