FMCSA ELD Compliance Deadline Approaching
The rule that will require carriers and truck drivers to electronically track drivers’ hours of service is inching closer to going into effect. By Dec. 18, 2017, all drivers’ Record of Duty Status (RODS) must be recorded using an electronic logging device (ELD). The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration was required to develop the rule when the federal “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century” act was signed into law in 2012.
Many drivers still use a paper logbook to track their compliance with hours of service (HOS) requirements. The FMSCA finalized the electronic logging mandate rule in 2015, giving fleet managers some time to comply. While that was beneficial for those needing to overhaul their fleet operations for compliance, the extra time also perhaps made it easier for some fleet management teams to procrastinate or forget about compliance.
If your fleet hasn’t yet made the switch to using electronic logs, here are a few things you need to know about ELD compliance and your fleet tracking options.
What the ELD Rule Requires
The ELD rule requires all carriers and drivers who are using paper logs to record hours of service to transition to ELD systems by Dec. 18, 2017. Those systems used must conform to specific standards (outlined in the rule) that prevent tampering with the data entered. These systems must:
• Track hours of service electronically.
• Be integrally synchronized with the truck’s engine to capture driving segments.
• Pass data to the fleet management team to help ensure compliance.
While the requirements are not complicated, if your fleet has not made the switch, now is the time to start shopping for a system. You want to be able to review your options and find a system that fits with your fleet tracking goals and your company’s budget, rather than being forced to purchase one at the last minute because of a looming deadline.
How Compliance Helps Your Fleet
Change can be difficult, and there is a cost associated with buying an electronic tracking logging system. So why should your fleet make the move now, rather than waiting until 2017? Consider that electronic logging provides several benefits for your fleet. Some of these include:
• Easier assessment of driver availability based on hours of service.
• Streamlined recordkeeping without piles of paperwork.
• Easy access to records during safety checks.
• Improved accountability and accuracy of hours of service records, leading to improved overall safety of your fleet.
You have to make the upgrade eventually. Making it now means you can enjoy these benefits immediately rather than waiting until late in 2017.
Track Your Truck Makes ELD Compliance Affordable and Simple
The addition of Track Your Truck’s fleet management services to your fleet management protocol will have you in good shape when the electronic log mandate deadline arrives. Track Your Truck has ELDs that can integrate seamlessly with our fleet tracking system. This allows you to add the benefits of fleet tracking to the need to switch to electronic logs, improving the efficiency of your fleet while also ensuring you remain compliant.
Track Your Truck provides fleet managers with systems that are easy to use and install. You receive a system that is already tested and activated, so all you have to do is install it in the truck and integrate it with your tracking system. You will automatically begin generating your electronic logs at this point, giving you the data you need to ensure your drivers are operating safely and that your compliant logging system is in place.
With Track Your Truck, you also get the benefit of working with a company that is dedicated to providing exceptional customer service to each and every customer. We have decades of experience in fleet tracking and have been offering electronic logging since long before using it was mandated by law. You will receive support and help whenever you need it from our friendly team. Our systems are affordable and scalable, designed for small- to medium-size businesses so you can have all of the features you require, without any unnecessary costs.
Don’t let the ELD deadline sneak up on you. Contact Track Your Truck today to find the electronic logging and fleet management system that will fit your fleet’s needs and budget. Let us help you ensure that your fleet remains compliant.
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