Earlier this morning the much anticipated electronic logging device (ELD) rule was officially announced by the FMCSA. Carriers and drivers who use paper logs have from now until December 2017 to transition to ELDs.

Included in the mandate are 500-pages of rules that outline what constitutes an ELD. The Motive engineering team is already going through these rules to ensure our solution complies. In January 2016 when you return from the holidays, our first batch of fully compliant ELDs will be available to purchase for those who want to adopt early.

Who is required to adopt an ELD?

All drivers currently maintaining a record of duty status (RODS) must adopt ELDs within the two-year grace period. It’s estimated that over 3-million drivers will be impacted by the ELD mandate.

Mobile devices allowed

The official ELD rule allows for smartphones and tablets to wirelessly sync with ELDs. This is great news for Motive users. It means that drivers can keep operating with the same electronic logbook app they’re used to using. It also means we can issue low-cost ELDs because our ELD leverages the driver’s smartphone.

ELD mandate exemptions:

  1. Drivers who maintain RODS for 8 days or less in any given 30-day period.
  2. Drivers conducting towaway/driveaway operations where the vehicle itself is the item of delivery.
  3. Drivers who have pre-2000 vehicles, as many of these vehicles lack the required diagnostic port for ELD connection.

The publishing of the final rule has been long-awaited. And we are excited to offer our users a state-of-the-art device that will ensure FMCSA compliance. Learn more about the ELD Mandate and what you can do to keep your compliance costs down. If you have any questions, contact us at 855-434-3564.