As of December 18th, 2019, trucks that are not compliant with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate could be taken out of service. This could cause major issues for shipping companies and other companies that hire commercial drivers that must prepare hours-of-service (HOS) records of duty status (RODS).
What is the ELD Mandate?
The Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate requires most commercial drivers to use an electronic device as opposed to paper log books. Drivers not required to follow the rules of the mandate include drivers that:
- Operate under the short-haul exceptions
- Use paper RODS for no more than 8 days out of every 30-day period
- Conduct drive-away-tow-away operations, in which the vehicle being driven is the commodity being delivered
- Drive vehicles manufactured before the year 2000
ELA Mandate Deadline Not Likely to Change
Many shipping companies have held off implementing ELDs in the hope that the FMCSA will delay the deadline. However, no delay is in sight and these companies could put themselves at significant risk if they do not become compliant. Non-compliant trucking companies face possible fines and suspensions until they become compliant. This could lead to delayed shipments and the need to find new carriers to move products and supplies.
Although implementing new technology is a major undertaking for any business, it’s important that trucking companies take the necessary steps to ensure compliance with the new law.
In addition to ensuring compliance, making the switch to a quality ELD can help make carriers more efficient, effective, safe, and reliable. This can improve customer trust and actually increase business for the trucking company.
Mint Controls Can Help You Become Compliant!
Electronic Monitoring Devices provide a cost-effective solution for trucking companies looking to increase productivity and reduce loss. Our devices monitor location, conditions, distance traveled, and more. Our system uses predictive analysis to locate potential issues long before they are able to cause a problem. Configuration allows the system to send alerts via SMS text message or email to both management and staff. This makes it possible to address issues sooner, before they cause problems.
Please contact us for more information about our EMDs.