The Electronic Logging Device (ELD) deadline is just around the corner. After December 18 this year, truck drivers are no longer allowed to use paper logbooks to track Records of Duty Status (RODS). So what does this mean for you?
If your company uses Automatic Onboarding Recording Devices (AOBRDs), you have some leeway. According to the FMCSA regulations, as long as you install the AOBRDs before December 18, 2017, you may continue using them until December 16, 2019. After December 16, 2019, your AORBs will need upgraded to ELDs. Good news, in some cases this does not mean buying new equipment. Some AOBRD manufacturers are working on creating software updates to transition current AOBRDs into ELDs. Talk with your AOBRD manufacturer to see if this applies to you.
Phase 2 of ELD implementation begins December 18, 2017. After December 18, 2017, even though previously installed AOBRDs are still eligible for use, only ELDs may be installed. This means if you are planning to install AOBRDs in your fleet, it is better to do it now rather than later. However, keep in mind that after December 16, 2019 only ELDs will be FMCSA compliant.
Which Devices Keep You Legal?
Not all ELDs were created equal. In order to remain FMCSA compliant, your ELD model must adhere to the FMCSA compliancy rules and be registered on the FMCSA website. However, it is important to remember that the ELD manufacturers on the FMCSA website are self-certified. This means the FMCSA is not verifying manufacturers are actually following regulations. Using the ELD checklist is a good way to ensure you are getting a good product for your company.
The best way to keep ahead of regulations is to stay informed. It will be several years before every carrier is required to have ELDs in their trucks, but it benefits you to form a plan of implementation now. Making sure you stay in compliance is a great way to help keep your business rolling.