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How the ELD Mandate Will Impact the Semi Trailer Industry

Electronic Logging Device (ELD) implementation will be mandatory on December 18th, 2017. Aside from keeping up with HOS compliance and avoiding potential fines, ELD’s provide significant advantages that could positively impact your fleet’s safety and efficiency.

ELD’s are small devices hardwired into a truck’s engine and computer system to record the location, speed, idle time, and distance the vehicle has traveled. These electronic logs are designed to replace and provide an improvement upon traditional paper RODS, saving the operator both time and paperwork.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is now requiring that all trucks that are newer than model year 2000 and use RODS for more than 8 days out of the month switch over to utilizing ELD’s. If you are already using an Automatic On-Board Recording Device, there is an implementation amendment allowing an extra two years (until December 16, 2019) to make the switch.

recent study conducted by the University of Iowa is aiming to improve the amount of data that an ELD can provide. The study showed that the incorporation of data -such as weather and road conditions- could reduce the amount of distractions for drivers, further improving safety and efficiency.

This would reinforce another major factor in the ELD mandate, which aims to reduce driver fatigue. The FMCSA reports that 13 percent of all CMV collisions is the result of driver fatigue. Although there are still factions lobbying that the FMCSA implement what are considered to be long-overdue driver training standards, ELD’s could serve as a substantive barrier against driver fatigue by reducing the stress inherent in maintaining both a schedule and the necessary paperwork.

If you have any other questions about how ELD compliance will affect your fleet, contact us today.


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