Compliant ELDs Proving Difficult

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued its final ruling on electronic logging devices (ELDs) almost one year ago. The ruling gave a two-year buffer to allow motor carriers to address their current operations to comply. With half of that timeframe gone, fleet managers need a plan for implementing ELDs. Failure to comply can result in fines, increased insurance rates, and civil penalties.

Some of the new ruling essentials include the following:

  • Mandates that drivers using paper records of duty status (RODS) must adopt ELDs
  • Forbids harassment of commercial drivers
  • Details technology provisions for performance and design
  • Reduces documentation requirements for hours-of-service reporting

Unfortunately, experts believe that ensuring ELDs are compliant will be a difficult task. Most of the issues lie in technical and security requirements. ELDs must meet diagnostic and malfunction reporting rules, data encryption procedures, and meet law enforcement data transfer requirements. In particular, the diagnostic and malfunction reporting requirements pose major challenges. They are unyielding and provide limited time to address issues.

With a year remaining before the devices need to be compliant, fleet managers have time to make necessary adjustments to their ELDs. If motor carriers need even more time, they would be wise to install an AOBRD prior to the cutoff date in December of 2017. This device falls under a grandfather clause that provides an additional two years to achieve compliance.

Remaining compliant with federal regulations is necessary to maintain an operational fleet. To stay up to date with the latest federal regulations, contact Three Points Insurance.