On July 6, 2012 a new 2 year transportation reauthorization bill called the “Moving Ahead in the 21st Century Act” was signed into law. Many important provisions were included in this law to assist the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) in reducing collisions, accidents, hospitalizations and death from fatalities that involved semis, large trucks and buses. These laws are put into place to raise the bar to operate a large vehicle on U.S. interstates, highways and roads, and hold fleets to higher safety standards.
One of the main provisions is the replacement of paper logbooks many drivers still use with electronic logging devices, or ELDs, that record a driver’s Record of Duty Status, or RODS, to make sure the driver complies with Hours of Service, or HOS, requirements. All fleet drivers and operators are required to have these devices in place before December 2017.
Here are some facts about these ELDs and how they may benefit you before they go into law at the end of 2017, and why you should get them now.
- Hours of Service will be recorded automatically and in real time. No more paper log books means no human error and frees up time for drivers to do more important duties, including getting rest.
- Keeps hazardous drivers off the road. Upon being pulled over, law enforcement can request up to 7 days of previous driver data to make sure they are complying with hours of service requirements.
- ELDs increase efficiency. With real time reporting available to fleet managers, they can see what every driver is doing and where they are keeping everyone in check.
- Less paperwork. Now fleet managers can spend more time planning loads based on hours of service requirements.
- Affordability. Many ELDs solutions exist that are not cost-beneficial and actually improve budgets through less idle time.
- ELDs have a great return on investment. They lower idle time, reduce fuel costs, eliminate unnecessary paperwork and makes better drivers.
- Drivers focus on driving. ELDs are automated and require no input from the driver.
To find out more about ELDs requirements and what options are available visit Rural First.