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2016 ELD Buyer's Guide: Understand Compliance

The Federal ELD Mandate

The FMCSA has published its Final Rule regarding electronic logging devices (ELDs). Also known as e-logs, ELDs record drivers' hours of service (HOS) in line with federal regulations. They will completely replace paper logs by 2017 - any carrier currently using paper logs to track HOS will need to implement ELDs. Below are answers to some of the most common questions surrounding the mandate.

What are the benefits of ELDs compared to paper logs?

ELDs accurately record hours of service with minimal input needed from the driver. They keep track of working and non-working hours and notify drivers and dispatchers when hours are running low and have run out. Because they electronically and automatically record hours, ELDs are much more accurate than paper logs and require much less effort to maintain.

What is the difference between an AOBRD and an ELD?

Both an AOBRD and an ELD record driver hours of service. The difference is in how they are regulated. An Automatic On-Board Recording Device (AOBRD) is not required to have a diagnostic connection to the vehicle's electronic control module (ECM) for data verification. This tool was put in place with FMCSA rule 395.15. 

An ELD is the tool that has been implemented under the Final Rule. An ELD is required to have a diagnostic connection to the vehicle's ECM. This connection is through either the JBUS port or the OBD-II port, depending on the vehicle.

Why is there a two-year and a four-year compliance period with the Final Rule?

Under the current rule, companies that currently use paper logs will have two years, until 2017, to implement ELDs. Companies that are already using a federally-compliant AOBRD, however, will have four years, until 2019, to implement an ELD.

What is the benefit of implementing ELDs before the 2017 time limit?

Aside from improved log accuracy and real-time violation alerts, the ELD mandate raises the issue of vehicle replacement. Vehicles that were built before 1997 do not have an ECM, which is necessary for an ELD connection. These vehicles need to either be replaced or used for jobs that do not require HOS tracking. Companies that implement ELDs as soon as possible can replace and reassign vehicle before they time limit for compliance has expired .

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