President Obama signs the Surface Transportation Act of 2012, mandating the use of electronic logging devices for Hours of Service logging; the bill receives widespread bipartisan support and overwhelmingly passes both houses of Congress
FMCSA sends the proposal mandating ELDs to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to review to ensure consistency with policies and the law
FMCSA issues a revised proposal mandating that ELDs be installed in interstate commercial trucks and buses; on March 28, the rules are published in the Federal Register, kicking off a 60-day public comment period, which is extended through the end of June
After the public comment period, FMCSA adjusts the technical specifications/rules
Final ELD rules announced after repeated delays
ELDs are required for those still using paper logs on December 18th
Those using legacy on-board systems (Automatic On-Board Recording Devices, or AOBRDs) must be equipped with ELDs by December 16th
Top 10 Things to Know About the ELD Mandate
If you currently are required to track HOS, you’ll need to use an ELD – so it’s important to educate yourself on what the mandate means.
ELD Common Misconceptions
Implementing ELDs can be a change for an organization, and as with any change it’s expected that there will be plenty of questions.
Terms to Know
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Automatic On-Board Recording Device A device that electronically tracks HOS. Drivers and carriers that purchased AOBRDs would have to update or replace them to comply with the law.
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Commercial Motor Vehicle
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Electronic Logging Device A device connected to a commercial motor vehicle’s engine that’s used to track the time a vehicle operates.
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Electronic On-Board Recorder An earlier version of what’s now called an ELD. An EOBR is connected to a commercial motor vehicle’s engine to log Hours of Service (HOS).
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When an ELD automatically captures vehicle engine power status, vehicle motion status, miles driven, and engine hours.
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Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act - 2012 federal law aimed at reducing crashes, injuries, and fatalities involving large trucks and buses. The ELD proposal was a direct result of the mandates included in MAP-21.
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When a driver uses a vehicle for personal use; An ELD can recognize the difference between driving and on-duty not driving, and automatically update status.
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Drivers and motor carrier support personnel must have proper “user authentication credentials” (e.g., username and password) to access ELD data.