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ELD Compliance: Are You Following the Law?

By Mamie Silver on April 10, 2017

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA) published new information and additional guidance on ELD compliance last month. The website’s FAQ page now clarifies that carriers using automatic onboard recording devices can transfer their AOBRDs to a new truck and remain compliant with the ELD mandate, as long as the truck replaces another within the fleet.

about-us-hover-example-2While the ELD mandate goes into effect Dec. 18, 2017, this “grandfather” rule allows carriers using AOBRDs to continue to do so for two additional years, until Dec. 16, 2019. At that time, all fleets with AOBRDs will be required to switch over to ELDs.  If the carrier adds vehicles to their fleet in the meantime and chooses not to replace an old truck with the new one, the new vehicle would be required to have an ELD.

Furthermore, the agency explained that if an ELD does not meet the law’s requirements and ends up being decertified, the ELD vendor isn’t required to notify the carrier.

“FMCSA reported that carriers found to be using non-compliant devices will have eight days to replace the device with a compliant option. Though carriers are required to choose a device from the agency’s registry of certified devices, the agency’s vetting process for the devices is skimpy, relying on manufacturers to “self-certify” their devices,” says James Jaillet, reporter for Commercial Carrier Journal (CCJ).

Because of the industry-changing nature of the mandate, there is a lot of confusion around when exactly a device is compliant, and how the mandate even came about. We’re here to clear the air. We’ll be posting updates on the latest ELD mandate news monthly, and are here to answer any questions you may have about the law, or our mandate-compliant solution.

How the Mandate Came About

Back in 2012, Congress enacted the “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century” (MAP-21) bill. This law included a general transportation structure outline for the coming years, a breakdown of highway fund allocation, and a clause regarding the use of ELDs. In technical terms, an ELD electronically records a driver’s Record of Duty Status (RODS), which in turn replaces the long-term paper logbooks that some drivers use to keep track of their Hours of Service (HOS). Aside from those grandfathered in, fleets have until December 18, 2017 to implement universal ELDs into their business model.

FMCSA Public Meeting

To clarify compliance issues and further assist ELD manufacturers in understanding the law, the FMSCA has scheduled a public meeting in Washington D.C. The meeting will be held May 9 at 9:30 a.m. at the U.S. DOT’s Media Center.

“This meeting is intended to address questions received from ELD manufacturers and to review the required standardized output and standardized data sets” says the FMCSA in their announcement.

Both Quality and our ELD partner, Gauge Telematics, will be attending the meeting in Washington. We are committed to producing and keeping a mandate-compliant ELD, so that carriers using our solution won’t ever have to worry about compliance. Our ELD, aptly named StreetSmart, will be available for sale prior to when the mandate goes into effect this December.

StreetSmart: The Mandate-Complaint Solution

The ELD mandate may initially sound daunting; it’s a big change to the trucking industry and affects drivers on a daily basis. Some changes, though, are good changes. That’s why we’ve partnered with Gauge Telematics, an Indianapolis-based fleet technology company, to bring you a mandate-compliant ELD. The StreetSmart ELD aims to streamline business operations, doing the grunt work so you don’t have to.device cutout

  • With Quality’s quick and easy self-installation process, you’ll be up-and-running in no time! The installation kit includes GPS unit, a 7” Android OS tablet, a rugged mount, and all the necessary wiring.
  • Our electronic compliance system reduces the possibility of HOS violations and eliminates the need for long-term paper logs.
  • We designed our rugged, tamper-resistant tablet with drivers in mind. Reduce distraction, increase productivity, and enjoy no additional charges for monthly data services.
  • View your available driving hours, update your duty status, and easily submit HOS records through our driver dashboard.
  • Access all HOS information in one place with our web-based, secure management portal. The portal is compatible with PCs, tablets, and smartphones.
  • Utilize our reporting to your advantage. View the HOS summary, violations, and archived log records, and review driver performance.

We have years of industry experience taking care of the needs of both drivers and carriers, meaning our choice is one you can trust. Explore some of the features above, and reach out to Bobby Humphrey at 317-460-9594 or rhumphrey@qualityco.com to learn more about the StreetSmart solution.

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