It’s October, and you know what that means. Yes, Halloween, but possibly something even scarier: the final countdown to the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate that goes into effect on December 18. Despite push back from organizations that want the deadline delayed, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) plans to start enforcement on that day. Are you ready?
What is the ELD mandate?
The ELD mandate was first published by FMCSA two years ago, in December 2015. The intent behind the rule is to require the use of ELDs in place of paper logbooks that drivers use to record hours of service. A primary goal of the mandate is to keep drivers compliant and therefore safer while on the road.
The latest on the ELD mandate
As the deadline looms, here’s the latest news that you as a fleet manager need to know, summed up from a lengthy article at FleetOwner.com:
Not everyone agrees the deadline should stand
Many groups are currently speaking out and asking for the deadline to be pushed out one to two years. Despite the concerns expressed, however, fleet managers should plan to comply by December 18—even if the deadline is pushed out after all.
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