Beginning April 1st the ELD Mandate is No Joke

According to Geotab, “An ELECTRONIC LOGGING DEVICE (ELD) is technology used by drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) to automatically record driving time and Hours of service (HOS) records, plus capture data on the vehicle’s engine, movement, and miles driven.”

Starting on April 1st, in accordance with the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance ruling, law enforcement officers can place drivers “out of service” for failing to comply with the ELD mandate.  This is the next round of ELD implementation that has been slowly phased into service since December of 2017.

Between December 18, 2017 and March 31, 2018 there has been “soft enforcement” of this policy. Drivers were presented with a citation, rather than adding points to their Compliance Safety Accountability (CSA) score or being placed “out of service.”

 What exactly happens after April 1st if in violation?

-CSA scores will be impacted

-Drivers will be placed “out of service” until they install a compliant ELD system

– Hefty fines and penalties

-Towing costs will be incurred by the company in violation

 While there are some rumblings that the April 1st deadline will be extended, this is currently not true.  According to Collin Mooney, Executive Director of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, “We feel we have aided in the implementation process, and that’s it. We are disappointed with some segments of the industry that have taken the view that April 1st is the new implementation date and not what it is — the beginning of a stiff approach to mandate enforcement.”

As spring and summer approach, it will be interesting to see how trucking capacity is impacted by the stricter enforcement of the policy.

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