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About the ELD Rule

The electronic logging device (ELD) 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, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration says on its website.

For carriers using AOBRDs (automatic onboard recording devices) before the rule compliance date Dec. 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:

Specifies who is covered by the rule and exceptions to it.

Provides for ELDS to be certified, registered, and listed on a FMCSA website.

Includes technical specifications to ensure ELDs are standardized and compliant.

Includes a phased implementation timeline to give drivers and carriers time to comply.

Includes provisions to help prevent data tampering and harassment of drivers.

Creates standard data displays and data transfer processes, making it easier to demonstrate compliance and faster to share RODS with safety officials.

According to the FMCSA website, carriers and drivers who are subject to the rule must install and use ELDs by the appropriate deadline.

Carriers and drivers who are using paper logs or logging software must transition to ELDs no later than Dec. 18, 2017.

Carriers and drivers who use AOBRDS prior to the compliance date must transition to ELDs no later than Dec. 16, 2019.

For more information go to: https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/hours-service/elds/electronic-logging-devices.

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