What you need to know right now

By December 18, 2017, all qualified drivers must log records of duty status (“RODS”) electronically. This will replace all existing paper logbooks used to record compliance with Hours of Service (“HOS”). To help you understand more about the Electronic Logging Device, (“ELD”) rule, we’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions:

The ELD Rule was recently published by the FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration). It is part of an initiative to improve safety on the road, while insuring drivers keep total control over their own Hours of Service (HOS) records. What this means:

  • - FOR EVERYONE - It mandates who must use an ELD and the timeframe for compliance
  • - FOR YOU - It outlines how a driver is empowered to keep and certify records to prevent harassment or coercion
  • - FOR US - It provides ELD solution providers with the technical specifications for how their products must operate to be compliant once the ELD Rule mandate is in effect

There’s a good chance if you keep HOS paper logs today, you’ll need to be compliant with the ELD Rule over time.

As a rule of thumb, those currently using paper logs for HOS should confirm with their governing DOT (Department of Transportation) if the rule applies and understand what it would take to get ELDs in place ahead of the December 2017 mandate to go paperless.

The ELD Rule applies to commercial interstate truckers and bus drivers who meet the requirements based on weight or activity to record duty status information.

There are some exemptions to the electronic log mandate, which include:

  • - Short haul drivers
  • - Drive away/tow away operations where the commercial motor vehicle being driven is the commodity
  • - Drivers that only keep logs for 8 days out of a 30 day period
  • - Drivers operating vehicles that are older than model year 2000

An ELD is an electronic logging device used by drivers to create compliant records of duty status. In general, an ELD must be connected with a vehicle’s engine to automate driving status and give a driver the ability to keep their record of duty status (RODS) and easily supply such records to roadside inspectors.

REMEMBER: An ELD does not automatically report your information to the government. Records of duty status (RODS) will still be requested roadside or via standard auditing procedures at the terminal.

PHASE 1 – AWARENESS & TRANSITION PHASE
This phase lasts two years from February 16, 2016 through December 18, 2017. During this time, all carriers and drivers that are subject to the ELD Rule should prepare to comply and consider starting to use ELDs. During this time, however, driver and carriers can use paper logs, logging software or AOBRDs for their records of duty (RODS).

PHASE 2 – PHASED-IN COMPLIANCE PHASE
This phase runs from December 18, 2017 to December 16, 2019. During this time, drivers and carriers who are subject to the ELD Rule can use AOBRDs that were installed prior to December 18, 2017 or certified, registered ELDs. Paper logs will no longer be accepted.

PHASE 3 – FULL COMPLIANCE PHASE
After December 16, 2019 all drivers who are subject to the ELD Rule must be using certified, registered ELDs that comply with all ELD regulations.

LD COMPLIANCE CAN BE SPLIT INTO THREE PHASES:

PHASE 1 – AWARENESS & TRANSITION PHASE This phase lasts two years from February 16, 2016 through December 18, 2017. During this time, all carriers and drivers that are subject to the ELD Rule should prepare to comply and consider starting to use ELDs. During this time, however, driver and carriers can use paper logs, logging software or AOBRDs for their records of duty (RODS).

PHASE 2 – PHASED-IN COMPLIANCE PHASE This phase runs from December 18, 2017 to December 16, 2019. During this time, drivers and carriers who are subject to the ELD Rule can use AOBRDs that were installed prior to December 18, 2017 or certified, registered ELDs. Paper logs will no longer be accepted.

PHASE 3 – FULL COMPLIANCE PHASE After December 16, 2019 all drivers who are subject to the ELD Rule must be using certified, registered ELDs that comply with all ELD regulations.

ELDs can help a driver run e-logs in a much more compliant fashion. By using technology tied to the vehicle and following regulations, drivers can reduce three of the top five finable areas: not having logs, or out-of-date logs; driving hours over their daily allowance; and errors.

Fleet Metriks LogBook can give drivers peace of mind when driving up to an inspection and can get them in and out quickly, and without the potential risk of a fine. That will help reduce violation costs, saving money.

Cost and pricing model will vary by provider, depending on which components are included in an ongoing subscription and which components you own outright. For example:


  • - Some providers may give you the engine connectivity hardware and ongoing software as a subscription, but give you flexibility to buy the right devices for your drivers’ needs.
  • - Some providers may include the driver’s device for an upfront cost or in a higher pricing subscription, but this hardware is often proprietary with less flexibility of how it can be used beyond electronic logging.

To ultimately meet the ELD Rule specifications an ELD solution must provide automated, accurate location information at specified increments, which is best accomplished with a GPS-based solution.

Yes. The ELD Rule accommodates the use of smartphones and other wireless devices as ELDs. Fleet Metriks LogBook embraces this approach today by utilizing smart phones and tablets for driver interaction with hardware installed in the vehicle.

Fleet Metriks has years of experience delivering simple and effective solutions to help with compliance for drivers on the road as well as the team back at the home terminal.

Fleet Metriks LogBook is an add-on subscription to our Fleet Standard package vehicle tracking solution. Our E-LogBook includes the necessary engine connectivity hardware and installation into your vehicle. It also includes access to web-based software for your office team to view HOS driver status in real-time along with compliance reporting and alerts.

Here is some information about our current LogBook solution:

  • - The design of Fleet Metriks LogBook is compliant with Federal 395.15 AOBRD regulations, which will remain in force until December 2019, which is the final ELD Rule compliance mandate deadline
  • - Fleet Metriks LogBook is designed with extensibility for future ELD Rule specifications well ahead of the compliance timing requirements with a simple software update for our LogBook users
  • - Our LogBook connects to a wide variety of mobile devices and works alongside our other mobile applications like Taurus Tracker App to support capabilities like dispatching and navigation
  • - It minimizes upfront costs and helps ensure you remain compliant today and in the future

We know the value from experience. Because this is important to you, it’s important to us. We are able to recognize how valuable an electronic logging device is to you because of our deep experience with thousands of vehicles over several years. Our mission is to keep our customers’ needs top of our mind to help ensure their operations are compliant and running smoothly.

Our Customers realize the benefits. Having an ELD solution in place can help improve overall compliance and administration. Drivers are able to know their time which prevents them from hitting a violation and solution administrators know which driver is able to take a load, as well as, when a violation happens. On top of that, an ELD solution provides opportunity to reduce paperwork and increase productivity. That means no more file cabinets filled with countless sheets of paper!.

We take it mobile. Our approach to electronic logs is delivered to drivers via mobile device, which is a big advantage for drivers. Our mobile app approach makes it easy to stay current with changing regulations, like ELD, on a platform your drivers already understand.

If you drive for a living and disregard Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations, Hazardous Materials regulations (HMR) or CDL regulations, well … what exactly does happen?

For starters, fines – and some of them are no joke; they can go into the tens of thousands. And it’s not just the driver who get the fine in many cases – it’s the owner of the vehicle, or the business, that also gets dinged.

In the case of CDL violations, including careless driving or speeding, drivers may have their license suspended or revoked. For a business, that could mean the loss of an employee.

And don’t forget that a business’s insurance can go up if the insurer deems the business a liability due to excessive tickets or fines – so it’s not just a one-time fee to pay; it’s higher costs over time, too.

If you’re curious just how high the fines can be, you can get more info on FMSCA fines, HMR fines and CDL fines. And if you’re curious on how you can be confident the business isn’t risking pricey fines and higher insurance costs, it might be time to investigate GPS vehicle tracking.

With near real-time fleet monitoring, management knows what’s going on in the field as it’s happening, meaning problems like speeding or aggressive driving can be nipped in the bud.

A vehicle tracking solution also helps keep track real-time hours of service (HOS) and sends that information to the office, letting managers alert drivers to help prevent violations before they run out of hours.