Technological advancements have forced their way into all facets of our lives. We have smart phones, smart watches, and now smart commercial vehicles. The Electronic Logging Device (ELD) rule has begun to impact many fleets associated with Guttman Energy, specifically its Fleet Card Division. The first question you might ask yourself is, what is the ELD rule? According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration the ELD rule states the following:
- Requires ELD use by commercial drivers who are required to prepare hours-of-service (HOS) records of duty status (RODS).
- Sets ELD performance and design standards, and requires ELDs to be certified and registered with FMCSA.
- Establishes what supporting documents, drivers and carriers are required to keep.
- Prohibits harassment of drivers based on ELD data or connected technology (such as fleet management system). The rule also provides recourse for drivers who believe they have been harassed.
The ELD rule is being released in three phases. We are currently in phase two of the ELD rollout plan, in phase 2 carriers and drivers subject to the rule can use Automatic On Board Recording Devices (AOBRDS) that were installed prior to December 18, 2017 and Self-Certified and registered ELDs with FMCSA.
There are also many companies that are exempt from the ELD rule. It is very important to verify whether or not your fleet requires compliance. If you are required to be compliant please make sure you take the time to read the rules and regulations around compliance.
I have given some links below for more information.
Site: "Navigating the Road to ELD Compliance." England Logistics, December 6, 2017, englandlogistics.com/navigating-eld-mandate-compliance/