The ELD mandate became mandatory on December 18, 2017. Per the FMCSA’s ELD mandate, non-exempt commercial truckers are required to use FMCSA-registered electronic logging devices to maintain records of duty status and comply with the hours-of-service regulations.

The FMCSA estimates that the ELD mandate will improve road safety and save 26 lives and prevent 562 injuries every year. The agency also expects the mandate to save the trucking industry approximately $1.6 billion per year because of automation and reduced paperwork.

The American Trucking Association (ATA) has welcomed the long-awaited ELD rule and marked its implementation date as a new era of safety and efficiency for the trucking industry.

Chris Spear, the Chief Executive Officer and President of ATA, says, “Electronic logging devices have been legislated, promulgated, and litigated — with Congress voting three times in the past five years in favor of this requirement and a federal court rejecting a challenge to this rule. The time has finally come to retire decades-old, burdensome paper logs that consume countless hours and are susceptible to fraud and put the safety of all motorists first.”

Chris also added, “The benefits of this rule exceed the costs by more than $1 billion, making it a rule the ATA can firmly support and easily adopt. Today marks the start of a new era of safety and efficiency for our industry and we thank the champions in the Department of Transportation and Congress who have gotten us to this point.”

Apart from the obvious benefits, like reduction in paperwork and improved safety, electronic logging devices also have numerous other advantages. The data and insights that ELDs provide can be used by fleet managers, truckers, and carriers to understand the nitty-gritty details of their operations and improve efficiency and productivity.

Regarding the numerous benefits of electronic logging device, Chris Spear said, “We firmly believe that America’s truck drivers — if they were operating legally within the hours-of-service rules before [the ELD implementation date] — will see tremendous benefits in using an ELD. Whether in reduced crashes, less time spent on paperwork, or in fewer errors in their logbooks. The data, as well as our members’ experiences with this technology tells us that ELDs reduce crashes, increase compliance with the hours rules, and ultimately benefit our industry and the motoring public.”

Bill Sullivan, ATA’s Executive Vice President, also echoed the same thoughts. He added:

“With the support of law enforcement groups and trucking industry groups like ATA that are concerned with the welfare of the motoring public, this requirement is now in the rearview mirror and we can turn our attention to other important safety matters surrounding the hours-of-service rules. Having good data from the use of ELDs will make it easier for ATA to make the case for technical corrections to the hours-of-service rules in areas like detention time, split sleeper berth, and more. Simply put, with this requirement in place we can now move forward to a safer, better future for our industry.”

It is true. By studying the data and insights that electronic logging devices provide, law enforcement agencies will have empirical evidence for what needs to be improved.

Earlier this month, the FMCSA proposed slightly altered personal conveyance guidelines. These aim to help truckers and simplify the way they use their commercial motor vehicles for personal purposes. In the future, we may expect to see more changes like these that will eventually improve safety.

ELDs also help fleet managers and carriers. With the help of ELD data and insights, they can reduce fuel wastage, eliminate bad driving practices, simplify and automate vehicle maintenance, and much more.

To learn more, read the power of ELD data for fleet managers.

But a lot of it depends on the ELD you have and the features it offers.

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