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A timeline of events leading up to 16 December 2019, when drivers of commercial motor vehicles and for-hire private motor carriers will be required to have installed and be using an FMCSA-compliant Electronic Logging Device (ELD).
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Benefits of the Mandate

06 Jul 2016
ELD

The road to the passing of the FMCSA's ELD Mandate Final Rule hasn't exactly been smooth – in fact there have been plenty of bumps and obstacles. And this is why there is still so much uncertainty about the actual benefits of using electronic logging devices.

Fleet managers and owners and drivers of commercial vehicles across the country have also expressed concerns over the inconvenience of installing electronic logging devices as well as the high costs that could be involved.

But experts say there really isn't too much to worry about as for-hire and private motor carriers are set to reap countless rewards in the long run, making the initial inconvenience and cost worthwhile.

Here are just some of the biggest benefits:

It's an opportunity to operate more efficiently

ELDs will effectively increase productivity and reduce costs. Not only will automated logs save time for drivers and companies, but the real-time data collected can be used to boost driver and vehicle productivity, manage fuel usage, improve maintenance plans and improve customer service – all of which will mean fleets can operate more efficiently.

Decreased paperwork

Thanks to the automated logging of real-time data, drivers won't have to fill out reams of paperwork to track their Hours of Service. Plus, with handwritten paper logs a thing of the past, dispatchers will no longer have to rely entirely on drivers to submit accurate, legible records.

Increased road safety

Various studies have been conducted over the past few years on the impact of electronic logging devices on road safety. Not only will ELDs ensure all commercial vehicles are properly maintained, they can also be used to track dangerous driver behavior like excessive driving speed, harsh braking and harsh acceleration.

Less down time, more drive time

Instead of spending precious hours filling out paper logbooks by hand, drivers of commercial motor vehicles spend can now spend that time driving. Vehicle inspections by traffic authorities will also be quicker thanks to automated records and digital logs, which once again means more time on the road.

  • Glossary

    Automatic On Board Recording Device (AOBRD)

    An Automatic On Board Recording Device (AOBRD), is a term used to describe a device installed in a vehicle to log driving hours. Although still used, the term is being phased out to make way for FMCSA-compliant Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) as mandated in the ELD Final Rule.
  • Glossary

    Commercial motor vehicle (CMV)

    A commercial motor vehicle, or CMV, is a vehicle that is used for business purposes or interstate commerce and meets at least one of the following criteria: weighs more than 10,000 pounds, has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of more than 10,000 pounds, transports 16 or more passengers not for compensation or nine or more passengers for compensation, or transports hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placards.
  • Glossary

    Duty status

    Also called Record of Duty status or driver log, duty status is the document used by a driver to record his/her driving time.
  • Glossary

    Driver log

    See ‘Duty status’.
  • Glossary

    Electronic logbooks (e-Logs)

    Short for electronic logbooks, which are records of driving hours that are captured and stored electronically using an on-board recording device.
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    Electronic Logging Device (ELD)

    An Electronic Logging Device, or ELD for short, is a device designed to automatically record a driver’s driving time and other aspects relating to Hours of Service (HOS) compliance. The device does this by monitoring a vehicle’s engine and traveling time.

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