Posted on 16 Dec, 2015
Categories: Trucking News
The FMCSA finally published the so-called ELD mandate, so you’ve got a new piece of regulation to worry about, but not for a couple more years. All trucking companies and drivers will have to start using electronic logs for hours of service by Dec. 16, 2017.
Owner-operators were hoping for an exception that would cut small businesses some slack. The FMCSA didn’t exempt small businesses from the ELD mandate, but they did change some things that will hopefully make the move from paper logs cheaper.
- Illegal to use ELDs to harass drivers
- Companies can be fined for pressuring drivers to violate HOS or other rules
- You have to keep up to 8 "supporting documents" in your truck
- You can use your phone or tablet to keep logs, but it has to connect to the engine through the ELD
- Your truck’s location doesn’t have to be tracked in real time
- ELD doesn’t have to include voice or text messaging, i.e. in-cab communication
- Trucks made before the year 2000 don’t have to have an ELD
- You've got two years before you have to comply with the new rule