Electronic Logging Devices (ELD) go into effect for all trucking companies December 1, 2017 and all trucks manufactured year 2000 or later must comply. Companies and drivers using AOBRDs and EOBRs prior to the ruling have until 2019 to switch to newer ELDs. An ELD is used to electronically record a driver’s duty status, which replaces the paper logbook.
Why Electronic Logging Devices are good for the trucking industry:
- Lead to more miles on the road, which in turn, leads to more money. The FMCSA estimates the use of an ELD will reduce hours of service paperwork by 15 minutes a day.
- Get drivers back on the road faster with expedited inspections.
- Reduce burdensome paperwork headaches. This is because ELDs automate the hours of service compliance process, allowing drivers to spend more time driving.
- Eliminate easy form and manner errors that can be troublesome and expensive. Mistakes can add up but the ELD eliminates theses mishaps.
- Issue warnings when time is running tight. Giving drivers a heads up that they need to pull over and rest.
- Document a driver’s hours of service in the event of an accident.
- Allow for easier communication with the home office.
- Pave the way for roadside assistance. In the event that a driver breaks down or gets off track, the ELD can direct the driver to help or get them back on the right track.
Ultimately, ELDs are improving the safety of everyone on the roadway. When drivers are being over worked and going without rest it puts everyone’s safety at risk. With the implementation of an ELD in all trucks, roadway safety increases as well as, driver’s health, happiness, and paycheck.
In an effort to keep our drivers and citizens on the road safe, Melton currently has AOBRD (automatic on-board recording devices) installed in 100% of our fleet; we started the process of moving away from paper logs about 10-years ago.
AOBRD is compliant with the FMCSA; however, ELD is a newer form of logging device that all drivers and companies must have by 2019. Melton has chosen to use Omnitracs/Qualcomm as their ELD vendor. Omnitracs/Qualcomm will be fully compliant with the new regulations by the end of 2017. With the newer technology, there will be minor screen changes involved for drivers to learn when the new ELD rules kick in. Drivers will receive training and will be able to call the safety department with any questions they have about the ELDs. Since Melton has been using an AOBRD for the past 10 years, switching over to an updated ELD will be a very minor change and is foreseen to make the logging process even better.
Working for a carrier with years of ELD experience is important. That experience and technology will allow the carrier to plan the driver more efficiently and safely.