FMCSA Update: ELD Information for Big Rig Truckers

The electronic logging device (ELD) rule – congressionally mandated as a part of MAP-21 – is intended to help create a safer work environment for drivers, and make it easier and faster to accurately track, manage, and share records of duty status (RODS) data. An ELD synchronizes with a vehicle engine to automatically record driving time, for easier, more accurate hours of service (HOS) recording.

The ELD final rule does not change any of the basic hours-of-service rules or exceptions. For more information regarding hours-of-service.
ELD’s will be a way of life for Big Rig Trucks

The FMCSA ELD Rule:
•Specifies who is covered by the rule and exceptions to it.
•Provides for ELDS to be self-certified and registered with FMCSA.
•Includes technical specifications to ensure ELDs are standardized and compliant.
•Includes a phased implementation timeline to give drivers and carriers time to comply.
•Includes provisions to help prevent data tampering and harassment of drivers.
•Creates standard data displays and data transfer processes, making it easier to demonstrate compliance and faster to share RODS with safety officials.

 

The ELD Rule applies to most all of the motor carriers and drivers who are currently required to maintain records of duty status (RODS). The rule applies to commercial buses as well as trucks. Canada- and Mexico-domiciled drivers are included, unless they qualify for one of the exceptions to the ELD rule.

ELD Rule Exceptions

The following are not required to use ELDs (but carriers may choose to use ELDs even if they are not required):

  • Drivers who use paper logs no more than 8 days during any 30-day period.
  • Driveaway-towaway drivers (were the vehicle driven is the commodity) or the vehicle being transported is a motor home or a recreation vehicle trailer (at least one set of wheels of the vehicle being transported must be on the surface while being transported)
  • Drivers of vehicles manufactured before model year 2000.

Read more at the Official FMCSA website.

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