When it comes to the ELD mandate, I am sure you will all agree with me that there are a lot opposing, reverse and contradictory opinions out there. Having said this, people have all kinds of opinions regarding the mandate!
Continually, for some, it’s just another rule and regulation on the list with “obeying stuff”, while others find it as a demanding and disturbing thing that will interfere with their usual daily routine.
Furthermore, most people, including me, do not like changes. This is due to the drastic changes made in the previous years.
Moreover, I am not saying that there are no benefits in changing and updating your resources and ways of doing things, but I personally do not like and have a hard time with changes, even if they are for the better!
To continue with, I am sure many people are like me, and can’t see clearly the bigger picture and the good that comes with deploying new technology and upgrades such as the ELD.
For instance, there is an old veteran driver and a rookie driver comparison. To emphasize, the first will most likely have difficulties adjusting to the new Electronic Logging Device Mandate.
On the other hand, the rookie will see it as yet another thing that has to accomplish and obey in order to become an experienced truck driver one day!
Nonetheless, that is neither here nor there! To put it in a different way, it all depends on the perspective you see things from!
The United States Congress enacted the “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century” bill, also known as the MAP-21 ; in early 2012.
In that bill was also a provision requiring the FMCSA to develop a rule mandating the use of electronic logging devices.
This is how the idea for the ELD was born.
Following that, in December 2015, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), published the final electronic logging device rule, the ELDs mandate.
You’ve probably heard by now already, but every truck driver will be required to use electronic logging devices also know as ELD to track their hours of service (HOS).
So, the paper logs are soon to be history, and we are moving in the new age of technology with this ELD!
It would have been all good and great if we were all same set of people, and react and accept changes the same way, but, the reality is totally different.
That is and the exact reason why we will have some good and bad things to consider when making the switch to Electronic Logs and implementing this ELD rule.
However, one thing is for sure, and that is the fact that we will all have to migrate to this new way of doing things pretty soon, regardless how that makes us feel!
You can choose if you are going to wear a big trucker hat or not. Also, you can choose which fuel transfer tank to use, and the Freightliner dealers you want to use.
You can choose a lot of things, but when it comes to the ELD question, there is nothing to choose. You have to have it, it’s a done deal!
This is not one of the biggest USA trucking secrets, it’s a fact that the ELD is here, same like is a fact that we can’t bypass it! So why not try to make the best out of it!
So here, without any further delay let me present you 100 interesting fact about the mandate.
ELD Mandate Fact No. 1: An ELD is an electronic solution that enables professional truck drivers and commercial motor carriers to easily track Hours of Service (HOS) compliance.
ELD Fact No. 2: The electronic logging device is pretty much the same thing with the paper logbook that drivers use currently to record their compliance with Hours of Service. Further, it is just a modified form and more modern way for drivers to be able to truck their Record of Duty Status (RODS) after all.
ELD Mandate Fact No. 3: Fleets have until December 2017 to implement certified ELD’s to record HOS.
ELD Mandate Fact No. 4: By December 2017, all CDL drivers required to keep a Record of Duty Status (RODS) must use an ELD to document their compliance with HOS rules.
ELD Fact No. 5: The fleets that already have some kind of electronic logging technology will have until December 2019 to ensure compliance with the published specifications.
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ELD Mandate Fact No. 6: The mandate is not completely new! ELDs are not reinventing the HOS compliance technology wheel; it’s something ongoing for a solid number of years.
ELD Mandate Fact No. 7: The ELD rule is based on a series of previous rulemaking events, each building upon its predecessor.
ELD Mandate Fact No. 8: The new ELD rule adds certain technical and performance specifications that define exactly what the device must feature.
ELD Mandate Fact No. 9: An ELD must connect to the truck’s engine to record if the truck is in motion.
ELD Fact No. 10: An ELD must allow the driver to log in and select On-duty, Off-duty, or On-Duty Not Driving; drive segments must be automatically selected based on vehicle movement.
ELD Mandate Fact No. 11: An ELD must graphically display a Record of Duty Status, so a driver can quickly see hours in a day.
ELD Mandate Fact No. 12: An ELD must provide data in a format that’s standardized and can be transmitted to law enforcement in a number of prescribed ways, such as wireless web services, USB, or Bluetooth 2.0.
ELD Mandate Fact No. 13: an ELD must be provider-certified that the device meets the proper specifications.
ELD Mandate Fact No. 14: The ELDs will be available in a number of shapes and sizes – once a final rule is published.
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