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The Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate is now less than one week away. Are you ready?

Here are a few tips:

Per the regulations, an ELD must connect to a truck’s engine and capture key data points. A logbook app on a smart phone alone does not meet the definition of an ELD.

Motor carriers must use an ELD that has been “self-certified” and listed on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) website. Unfortunately, since ELD companies are allowed to self-certify it makes it difficult to ensure those listed are compliant with the ELD requirements.

There are only a few exemptions to the ELD mandate requirements:

1. Drivers who primarily use the short-haul exemption (100 air-mile radius for CDL drivers) and do not have to use a logbook more than eight (8) times in a thirty (30) day period.
2. Drivers who engage in drive-away/tow-away operations where the commodity being hauled is the truck itself.
3. Drivers who operate vehicles with an engine manufactured prior to 2000.

The FMCSA has provided guidance that glider kits may be used with pre-2000 engines.

The FMCSA has granted a ninety (90) day extension for compliance with the ELD mandate for livestock haulers.

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) has stated that vehicles will not be placed “Out of Service” for not having and ELD installed until April 2018. Motor carriers’ CSA scores will also not be affected by violations of not having an ELD until April 2018. Motor carriers may still receive citations and fines during roadside inspections for not having an ELD installed past the December 18th, 2017 mandate compliance date.
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