The Electronic Logging Device Mandate, which is more commonly referred to as the ELD Mandate, is a federal rule published December 2015 by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DoT) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
Implemented in three phases, with Phase 2 going into effect in less than a month on December 18, the rule applies to most motor carriers and drivers who are currently required to maintain records of duty status (RODS). The rule’s intention is to help create a safer work environment for drivers and to make tracking, managing and sharing RODS faster and easier.
With the December 18 Phase 2 compliance deadline approaching, let’s take a closer look at what your fleet operations can expect benefits-wise from ELD integration.
On Deck: Phase 2
Unlike Phase 1 that focused on awareness and transition and allowed voluntary use of
One exception is vehicles equipped with an automatic on-board recording device (AOBRD) installed before December 18, 2017. Those vehicles are grandfathered in until December 16, 2019, when Phase 3 is implemented and full ELD compliance goes into effect. On that date, all carriers and drivers subject to the rule will be required to use self-certified and FMCSA registered ELDs.
Goodbye Paper – Hello Bottom-Line Benefits
When Phase 2 is implemented on December 18,
From December 18 forward, manual recording by drivers in paper
To that end, let’s look at how ELD technology trumps paper log books and how the technology will benefit fleets.
Top Three Benefits for Fleets:
- Improved Road Safety and HOS Compliance
Driver fatigue is one of the biggest causes of vehicle accidents. To help curb fatigue, the FMSCA has HOS rules and regulations in place that limit the number of hours a driver can drive per day.
- Improved Driver Productivity and Efficiency: With
ELDstaking paperwork and drivers out of the recording equation, drivers can concentrate on what they do best and no longer worry about tracking their hours.
According to the FMCSA, drivers spend over 20 hours per year on paperwork, which breaks down to about 15 minutes per day. This may not seem like a lot, but over time, it adds up and can negatively affect productivity and distribution of workload, both of which are key to maximizing profit.
- Lower Insurance Premiums:
ELDsprovide information that improves driver safety, which can lead to lower Compliance, Safety & Accountability (CSA) scores and lower insurance premiums. For example, ELDscan monitor braking habits, speeding, idling (which can lower fuel costs) and risky driver behaviors so that problems are identified and corrected before they result in a costly accident, penalty, fine or drain to the bottom line.
The industry is forever changing. Those who are best prepared to embrace change will reap the greatest rewards.