ARE YOU READY FOR THE ELD MANDATE?
By now, we have all heard about the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Electronic Logging Device (ELD) Rule. The rule is intended to improve work safety for drivers and automate the process of tracking, managing, and sharing driver duty status records. Per the FMCSA, the ELD Rule applies to most motor carriers (including commercial buses and trucks) and drivers who are required to keep records of duty status. An ELD automatically records driving times and other Hours-of- Service (HOS) data.
LARGE ADDRESSABLE MARKET IMPACTED BY THE ELD MANDATE
The FMCSA estimates that over 3 million trucks and over 3 million drivers will be affected by the new ELD regulations. In general, the regulations apply to: trucks in interstate commerce weighing more than 10,001 pounds; vehicles designed or used to transport more than 8 passengers for payment to the driver; vehicles designed or used to transport more than 15 passengers; and finally, vehicles used to haul hazardous materials in quantities that require placarding by the DOT.
THE ELD RULE TIMELINE
After several years of debates and revisions, the Final ELD Rule was published in December 2016 and stipulated an ELD Compliance date of December 18, 2017. The FMCSA considers the year between the publishing of the final rule and the compliance date an awareness and transition phase, with many carriers voluntarily deploying ELDs. By December 18, 2017, ELD use will be mandatory, with the caveat that companies with vehicles using legacy Automatic On-Board Recording Devices (AOBRDs) will have a 2-year grandfather period before they are required to transition to compliant ELDs in December 2019.
FINDING A COMPLIANT ELD
A compliant ELD automatically monitors a vehicle’s engine to detect if an engine is running, to determine vehicle motion status, and record data such as miles driven and total engine hours. Other technical requirements include GPS location updates, and the ability to view a driver’s hours-of- service status on an ELD’s display screen or on a printout. An ELD solution can include configurations of purpose-built tablets or displays offering hard-wired or wireless connectivity to the J-bus/CAN- bus, or portable smartphones or tablets with wireless connectivity such as Bluetooth or Wi-Fi to the J-bus/CAN-bus.
ELD technology suppliers are responsible for certifying that their ELDs meet the technical standards in the ELD rule. A list of self-certified ELDs to date is here: https://3pdp.fmcsa.dot.gov/ELD/ELDList.aspx
AN ELD GOLD RUSH
The commercial telematics industry analyst firm C. J. Driscoll & Associates estimates that over 1 million ELDs will be deployed in 2017. With this anticipated volume, ELD technology suppliers need an experienced and reliable deployment partner with a nationwide footprint (link to Orbital Coverage page) and a dedicated team of field installation technicians, to help them meet demand. In turn, fleet owners need an experienced and reliable deployment partner who will minimize vehicle downtime, while ensuring ELD compliance deadlines are met. Contact the Orbital team (Contact Us)
today to plan your ELD deployment.