NOTE: The information provided on this website is to help promote understanding of and compliance with the ELD rule - it is not a substitute for the specific requirements documented in the rule. (click link to download full 512 page Rule)
E.L.D. Benefits include:
The electronic logging device (ELD) rule is intended to help create a safer work environment for drivers, and make it easier, faster to accurately track, manage, and share records of duty status (RODS) data. For carriers using AOBRDs (automatic onboard recording devices) before the rule compliance date December 18, 2017, the rule will replace AOBRDs with ELDs over a four-year implementation period.
An ELD synchronizes with a vehicle engine to automatically record driving time, for easier, more accurate hours of service (HOS) recording. The rule applies to most carriers and drivers who are required to maintain RODS.
The ELD Rule:
Carriers and Drivers who are subject to the rule must install and use ELDs by the appropriate deadline:
Enforcement Partners must understand enforcement and compliance procedures during each implementation phase, and which regulatory guidance applies to each.
ELD Manufacturers must conform to ELD technical specifications, certify their ELDs, and register them with FMCSA.
ELDs vs. AOBRDs
An electronic logging device (ELD) is not the same as an automatic onboard recording device. The technical specifications are different.
Manufacturers will be able to notify owners of existing AOBRDs if their devices are capable of being updated to meet ELD requirement through software updates.
The ELD Rule applies to most motor carriers and drivers who are currently required to maintain records of duty status (RODS). The rule applies to commercial buses as well as trucks. Canada- and Mexico-domiciled drivers are included, unless they qualify for one of the exceptions to the ELD rule.
ELD Rule Exceptions
The following are not required to use ELDs (but carriers may choose to use ELDs even if they are not required):
Carriers must evaluate and select ELDs, and ensure they are installed and drivers and administrative staff are trained to use them by the deadline that applies (December 16, 2019 for carriers using AOBRDs or December 18, 2017) for those using paper logs or logging software.
The Compliance Checklist for Carriers includes additional information. Drivers must understand and be able to use ELDs by the required deadline, including how to annotate and edit RODS, certify RODS, and collect required supporting documents.
You will also need to know how to display and transfer data to safety officials when requested. The Compliance Checklist for Drivers and the Using ELDs section will provide you with accurate compliance in depth details.
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