Electronic Logging Device (ELD)

ELD Requirements and More

Electronic Logging Device

Does The Rule Apply To You?

The Electronic Logging Device (ELD) Rule applies to most motor carriers and drivers who are currently required to maintain records of duty status (RODS). The rule also applies to commercial trucks and buses. In addition, Canada- and Mexico-domiciled drivers are included unless they qualify under one of the exemptions to the ELD rule.

ELD Rule Exceptions

Although all carriers may voluntarily choose to use ELDs, the following are not required to use ELDs:

Drivers who use paper logs no more than 8 days during any 30-day period.
Drive-away/tow-away drivers (transporting an empty vehicle for sale, lease, or repair).
Drivers of vehicles manufactured before model year 2000.

What Do You Need To Do?

The FMCSA recommends the following:

“Carriers must evaluate and select ELDs, and ensure they are installed and drivers and administrative staff are trained to use them by the deadline that applies (December 16, 2019 for carriers using Automatic On-Board Recording Devices (AOBRDs) or December 18, 2017 for those using paper logs or logging software.

The Compliance Checklist for Carriers includes additional information.

“Drivers must understand and be able to use ELDs by the required deadline, including how to annotate and edit RODS, certify RODS, and collect required supporting documents. You will also need to know how to display and transfer data to safety officials when requested.”

The timeline for the ELD rule will include an effective-by date of February 16, 2016 and a compliance date of December 18, 2017.

To read more about the ELD rule, click here.

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  • January 19, 2016

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