What is the ELD Mandate and how does it work?
On December 18, 2017 enforcement of the new ELD (Electronic Logging Device) mandate went into effect. The mandate requires drivers to begin recording their hours of service on an ELD instead of the paper logs that they're used to.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) defines the ELD mandate as
The electronic logging device (ELD) rule - congressionally mandated as part of MAP-21 - is intended to help create a safer work environment for drivers, and make it easier and faster to accurately track, manage, and share records of duty status (RODS) data. An ELD synchronizes with a vehicle engine to automatically record driving time, for easier. more accurate hours of service (HOS) recording.
The implementation of this new rule and the amount of time that drivers have to comply with the regulations and implement the equipment started on December 18, 2017 and lasts until December 16, 2019.
It is important to note that there is a 90-day grace period for drivers after December 18, 2017 till April 1, 2018 to implement their new ELD device. During this time, any driver that is not compliant will receive a citation and the violation will not count against their company safety records. After April 1, 2018 full enforcement will be in effect.
What will an ELD cost?
Electronic logging devices can vary in price from $165 - $832, the most popular devices are priced around $495.
The prices for ELD's may go down in the future with more versions and companies entering the market; but this shouldn't be expected until late in 2018.