02/15/16 by Robert Keller.  Originally published in Well Servicing Magazine.

The following article by Robert Keller of LoadTrek appeared in the recent issue of Well Servicing Magazine. We are including an excerpt and a link to the full article below:

ELD Mandate: What to Do Now?

A federal rule to require motor carriers to use electronic logging devices known as “Final Rule” was published to the Federal Register December 16, 2015. The intention is to improve commercial motor vehicle safety and to reduce the overall paperwork burden for both motor carriers and drivers. It is going to accomplish this through the use of electronic logging devices (ELDs). The use of ELDs has a proven track record of increasing compliance with the applicable HOS rules. “This initiative was conceived from MAP-21, the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act that was signed into law on July 6, 2012. Within MAP-21 contained Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (SNPRM) to mandate electronic logging devices. Specifically, this SNPRM proposes: (1) Requiring new technical specifications for ELDs that address statutory requirements; (2) mandating ELDs for drivers currently using RODS; (3) clarifying supporting document requirements so that motor carriers and drivers can comply efficiently with HOS regulations, and so that motor carriers can make the best use of ELDs and related support systems as their primary means of recording HOS information and ensuring HOS compliance; and (4) proposing both procedural and technical provisions aimed at ensuring that ELDs are not used to harass vehicle operators.” …

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