Soon, many truck drivers will no longer have to keep logs on paper. In fact, starting in December of 2017, they’ll need to use electronic logging devices or ELDs. This can affect the fleet vehicle services of many companies. So, what is this law and what does it mean? Let’s take a closer look to see.
What is the ELD Law?
Since the 1930s, truck drivers had to keep track of their on-duty and off-duty hours by filling out paperwork. However, verifying whether a driver drove so many miles per day was nearly impossible. Why is this so important?
Each year, many people are killed and injured because a driver was too tired or sleepy. Lack of sleep dulls the reflexes and can be as bad as driving while impaired. Drivers can only drive 10 hours a day, but in the past, it was not hard to get around these rules, because the paperwork could easily be altered. By making it mandatory to log miles and hours electronically, it will be harder to cheat the system. This can make the roads safer for everyone.
Will the ELD Mandate Affect Your Fleet Vehicle Services?
If your commercial vehicles travel across state lines, you’ll need to conform to the ELD regulations. If your drivers must log at least 8 out of 30 days each month, you’ll probably need to comply. If your company uses automatic onboard recording devices (AOBRDs), you won’t be grandfathered into the new law. However, you will receive a two-year window to bring your fleet up to compliance.
How Will This Law Help My Fleet Vehicle Services?
You’ll save a lot of time and hassles by eliminating paperwork. The law is also good for your vehicle safety program. Talk to trusted fleet management specialists about compliance and what you need to do. They are there to help.
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