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What is the ELD mandate in trucking?

If you are in the trucking industry you have heard the terms “ELD mandate”.

What exactly is it and who needs it? We take a moment to discuss this hot topic with some frequently asked questions.

What is ELD in trucking?

As defined by FMCSA, ELD in trucking stands for Electronic Logging Device which is “intended to help create a safer work environment for drivers, 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”.

When did electronic logs become mandatory?

Electronic logs became mandatory on December 16, 2019.

What does an ELD do?

An ELD automatically records a driver’s driving time and other aspects of HOS records for easier, more accurate recordkeeping. FMCSA also notes that “an ELD monitors a vehicle’s engine to capture data on whether the engine is running, whether the vehicle is moving, miles driven, and duration of engine operation (engine hours)”.  

Who needs an ELD? 

According to the FMCSA, “the ELD rule applies to motor carriers and drivers who are currently required to keep RODS under the HOS regulations”.

Who is exempt from using ELD?

FMCSA states that “drivers who use the short-haul, timecard exceptions are not required to keep RODS or use ELDs”. 

What year trucks are ELD exempt? 

According to the FMCSA, “Drivers of vehicles manufactured before the model year 2000 may keep paper RODS and are not required to use an ELD. However, a carrier can choose to use an ELD, even if it is not required.” 

For more information and other FAQs on the ELD mandate visit the FMCSA website.

Feel free to contact any of the knowledgeable Sales Executives at your local JX Truck Center if you have questions about the ELD Mandate. We are here to help and support you for the long haul!

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