December 18th marks the beginning of the federal Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate going into effect. To summarize, the law requires that all Commercial Motor Vehicles must have electronic logging devices (ELDs). In Melton’s case, there are no changes being made to current logging for our drivers since we have been utilizing these tools for close to 10 years now.
According to the FMCSA, the law was created to further implement safer conditions for all drivers on the road. Inaccurate and false hours of service entries through paper logs once coupled the trucking industry with fatigued, unqualified, and unprofessional drivers. Electronic logging devices will allow for expedited and simplified tracking, managing, and sharing of record of duty status data as well as overall safer driving conditions. Melton’s utilization of ELDs has ensured our drivers are performing their job safely and accurately for nearly a decade and the benefits have certainly been evident.
Melton expects this law to transform overtime and will be immediately informing drivers of any necessary changes in their workflow. Overall, the ELD mandate will allow for professional organizations such as Melton to continue to operate safely and correctly while ridding of hazardous drivers not logging their hours of service properly.
There is a slight difference in the ELD (electronic logging device) and your current AOBRD (automatic on-board recording device) however the FMCSA is allowing companies to use the “grandfather” option which allows Melton to continue with AOBRD’s for another two years. The caveat to this is that any new trucks we purchase this year will be required to have the ELD platform. When our new trucks start to be issued, we will individually train those drivers who receive them.