When it comes to managing your supply chain there are two things you should keep in mind: safety and efficiency. When the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced the ELD Mandate in December 2015, their goal was to improve driver safety and the accuracy of E-logs. It’s estimated that this mandate will save the industry $1 billion annually by reducing the amount of physical paperwork. The ELD Mandate was originally included in the “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century” bill (MAP-21) in 2012. The FMCSA foresees this mandate preventing 26 deaths and 562 injuries annually.
How is this mandate different from what your fleet is currently doing?
Electronically recording drivers’ Record of Status (RODS) is nothing new; in fact, many drivers have been doing it for years. What’s the difference between an ELD and an automatic on-board recording device (AOBRD)? What about an electronic on-board recorder (EOBR)? AOBRDs have been installed in trucks around the country since the 1980s. They capture engine data, such as speed and miles driven. EOBRs have been used for over a decade to electronically record RODS. ELDs collect both engine data and E-Logs, as well as comply with the FMCSA’s new requirements.
Does your fleet have to follow the mandate?
Short answer: yes. But there are some exceptions to the rule. The ELD Mandate is applicable to drivers who must keep records of duty status (RODS) at least 8 out of every 30 days. Excluded drivers are those:
- Who are confined to a 100 or 150 air-mile radius exception.
- Where their commercial truck is the product being shipped.
- Who drive a vehicle from 1999 or earlier.
There may be other exclusions in addition to the ones listed here. This mandate will affect approximately 3 million commercial truck drivers.
When must my fleet be compliant?
Fleets must transition to ELDs by December 2017 unless they are currently using AOBRDs, in which they have until December 2019 to comply. You may be thinking, “What’s the rush?” While those dates may seem far away, they’re approaching faster than you think. Not to mention, there are a lot of cost-saving benefits to making this switch early. You’ll cut fuel costs, reduce the sheer amount of paperwork a driver has to do, and therefore reduce the chances of Hours of Service Fines due to lousy penmanship. Let your drivers focus on the open road instead of bookkeeping.
Electronic logging device features
Curious about the benefits of ELDs? Here are some of our favorite features:
- They are easy to present for inspections.
- Their turn-by-turn navigation system help drivers to avoid construction and heavily congested areas.
- The simple interface allows drivers to easily record HOS as well as duty status.
- They’re secure, so drivers can’t alter or falsify data.
- They connect with the engine to record speed, braking, and idle times.
- You can view real-time data for any driver in the fleet.
How to simplify the transition process
You don’t have to reinvent the wheel when it comes to complying with the new mandate. In fact, the FMCSA made sure that it would be easy for all carriers to switch over to the new system. Companies can save on electronic logging devices by using their current equipment – smartphones, tablets, and mobile computers. All you need to worry about is making sure the system meets ELD requirements, such as having a hardwired connection with the truck’s engine. Another benefit besides cost savings? Cut down on training time and HOS fines because drivers are already familiar with how to use the technology.
Making the switch is simple. Contact Bar Code Direct today for a free consultation to see how your can outfit your fleet with ELD technology.