Voluntary Use of ELDs . . .
Starting February 16, 2016 until December 18, 2017 motor carriers and drivers may voluntarily use ELDs. Prior to purchasing an ELD, motor carriers and drivers should confirm with the ELD provider/manufacture that the device is certified and registered with FMCSA. FMCSA equipment-registration page
Never volunteer! U.S. Army survival tip
Perhaps one of the most important things a carrier can do, besides keeping their customers happy, is to prepare for the December 18, 2017 Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate.
Sure, there is already some pushback. Like many recent hours of service regulations, this one will be fought out in the courts. One could argue the legal outcome is uncertain, even 50/50 at best. Some even say the election could alter the regulatory tone, resulting in a rollback of regulations.
One can always hope, but as Vince Lombardi was known to say, hope is not a strategy. The DOT regs now on the books will require every driver who uses a Record of Duty Status (RPDS) or logbook to use a bona fide Electronic Logging Device on December 19, 2017.
How does one know their ELD meets the DOT standards?
EDL device manufactures need to certify and register their devices with the DOT. Currently there are three ELDs listed:
- Load Logistics TMS model LOGI-APPS, from www.load-logistics.com
- Gorilla Safety ELD model GS0001, from www.gorillasafety.com
- FleetUP model 3GL from www.fleetuptrace.com
These devices are self-certified by the manufacturer and not by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
Other Promoted Solutions
Other providers are promoting their ELD solutions in other ways. For example (not an all-inclusive listing):
- Verizon Telematics www.networkfleet.com
- Teletrac – teletrac.com (and various sites)
- Zonar Systems zonarsystems.com
- Fleetmatics www.fleetmatics.com
- VDO www.vdoroadlog.com
- Telogis www.telogis.com
Everybody is claiming their solutions are the real deal. And they very well may be.
But because these devices are so new, there’s bound to be some technical glitches. And if there’s one fact about new ‘automation projects,’ it’s that most do not come to fruition. A lot of time and energy can be spent and in the end the project is no closer to the finish line then they were on day zero.
In any case, if electronic logging is new to you, now is the time to start investigating potential ELD vendors. As we get closer to the compliance date of December 18, 2017, additional vendors will have registered their devices and competition will have lowered initial costs. And some device vendors, by then, may even pulled out of the market.
Thank you for reading this.