E-Log Mandate to Be Implemented By December, 2017
According to the recent announcement by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), a federal E-Log mandate is now set to be published by the end of this week. This rule will specify the requirements and regulations regarding the usage of Electronic Logging Devices (ELD) for truck drivers.
Most fleet companies already use these machines or logging systems to keep better track of their drivers, as well as to keep an immaculate record of the duty status of a particular driver. However, this rule will take effect from December 16, 2017, providing drivers with a two-year window to abide by the new mandate, as per the requirements.
According to the document, if the drivers are using the ELD devices regularly, they will no longer be required to keep a record of their shifts and duty hours on paper logs. However, they will still need to maintain regular and accurate records and supplementary documentation, which can be submitted to their fleet company or operator to be filed. The new rule directs the drivers, who use paper logs, to shift their attention towards ELDs. The only exception to this rule is for the vehicles that were manufactured before 2000. This is the only modification that differs from the 2014 version of the same mandate.
The new regulations also lay down the specific safeguards against driver harassment, hardware specification and the supplementary documentation of the driver regarding the devices. FMCSA indicates that the trucking industry will greatly benefit from this rule and will save at least $1 billion in a single year, in the form of time and money, which is spent on paper documentation. According to the agency, the rule will also be instrumental in saving approximately 26 lives and 562 injuries in a year.
One of the main components of the E-Log mandate is the ELD, which will apply to all drivers. They will be urged to keep records of their duty status. But not all drivers will have to follow the rule. Those vehicle operators who report on duty for less than 8 out of 30 days or drivers who work in drive-away or tow-away trucks will be excepted from this rule. FMCSA has directed the fleet companies to equip their trucks with the necessary tech within two years.
Another component of the E-Log mandate is the specification of the device. Minimum requirements state that the device will not need to track the driver’s route or whereabouts in real-time, and will not incorporate driver-carrier communication logs or recording capabilities.
The device, however, should be able to automatically update date, time, location information, traveled miles, engine hours and ID information of the driver, which can be logged in with the help of the device. It will also have the ability to keep the engine in sync with the system, so that the off-time hours can be calculated. The collected data can then be transferred “on demand” by a USB 2.0 or via Bluetooth. According to one suggestion, a presentation of graphical data should also be recorded and presented to the operator company within ELDs. – See more at: http://truckernews.com/elog-mandate-to-be-implemented-by-december-p618-90.htm#sthash.Pi14QdBX.dpuf