This page describes some of the common questions our customers might have about ELD mandate regulation and requirements.
The mandate covers almost all drivers and fleets required to maintain records of duty status. Drivers of pre-2000 model year trucks are among the few exemptions. The rule requires you to transition to ELDs by Dec. 18, 2017, if you are switching from paper logs or logging software.
If you currently use or began using CFR 395.15-compliant automatic onboard recording devices before to Dec. 18, 2017, you can wait until Dec. 16, 2019, to start using ELDs.
ELD manufacturers must ensure their products conform to certain technical specifications (such as connecting to the vehicle engine to automatically record driving time), certify their ELDs and register them with FMCSA.
While the ELD mandate requires devices to gather a limited amount of data, some ELDs collect much more. They can record information such as vehicle performance parameters, speed, hard braking and rapid acceleration. Some ELD solutions give office personnel real-time visibility of vehicle location and driver duty status. With this data, you can manage your equipment more efficiently.
It’s important to be transparent throughout the process of implementing new technology, especially since drivers are already leery of more company and government control.
Driver acceptance is one of the biggest obstacles to a successful roll out. Make sure you communicate the safety, operational and convenience aspects as you train employees across your organization – office personnel as well as drivers. And be sure to create an ELD policy for owner-operators, if you use them.
It is important that you download six months of ELD reports for a given driver before you delete them from the system. You might be required to provided reports for drivers who worked for you in the recent past, including those who no longer work for you. Once you delete a driver, this action cannot be reverted, and any reports for that driver can no longer be generated by you, or created for you by Verizon Connect.