Electronic Logging Device (ELD)
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has announced the final Hours of Service (HOS) rule that will require commercial motor vehicle drivers to track their Record of Duty Status (RODS) electronically, using compliant Electronic Logging Devices (ELD) versus paper logbooks. Regardless of whether your driver already log their Hours of Service electronically or not, this ELD Mandate can have a significant impact on your business. For example, if a system fails to comply with certain standards, it could lead to fines for your company among other consequences.
Companies who do not have a solution in place will be required to implement an FMCSA-compliant ELD solution within two years of the rule’s date of publication. If a current electronic logging device is in place, an additional two years is being permitted to phase out non-compliant, older devices.
ELDs fitted by MiX Telematics as part of our Hours of Service solution are compliant with FMCSA’s specifications in terms of performance, design and technical specifications:
- Our entire system is secure and tamper-resistant.
- Location data can be captured at ignition, when the engine is switched off, every time the vehicle moves, and at least every hour as regulated.
- Our ELDs can be connected and synced to a vehicle’s engine.
- As each driver’s daily duty status changes, the information can be displayed in a graph/grid format.
- Any malfunctions or errors within the HOS system itself can be detected and recorded automatically.
- Data can be transferred to enforcement officers as necessary via USB.
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Although it may seem like a lengthy and costly undertaking, the ELD Mandate is not a reinvention, but instead the last in a series of many previous rule-making events. Complying with the ELD Mandate has many benefits in the long run.
The FMCSA estimates that an ELD can save a truck driver 19 hours each year by not having to manually fill out a Record of Duty Status (RODS). It also reduces the need to keep messy paper logs.
Better planning capability
Fleet managers and/or dispatchers are kept in the loop at all times about a driver’s status, allowing them to plan better.
Lowered crash rates
It has been proven that drivers using e-logs have significantly lower crash rates and preventable crash rates that those not using e-logs.
Compliance made easy
By complying with the ELD Mandate, drivers and business have the opportunity to take advantage of other electronic compliance solutions such as IFTA.