Article | September 18, 2017

Is Your Fleet Ready For The ELD Mandate?

Source: KORE

By William Simitses, Director, Integrated Services, KORE

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In 2015, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued the electronic logging device (ELD) rule — also known as the ELD mandate. It stipulates that by December 2017, those with a commercial driver’s license will be required to keep a Record of Duty Status (RODS) using an ELD to record the information, replacing paper logs. Here’s what the mandate will entail, according to the FMCSA:

  • 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.