What is the ELD Mandate?
The government regulation called the ELD Mandate, aims to improve traffic safety by using modern technology to strengthen commercial truck and bus drivers’ compliance with hours-of-service regulations that prevent fatigue.
Why do we need an ELD Mandate?
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 100,000 police-reported crashes are the direct result of driver fatigue. Commercial vehicle drivers are responsible for tracking their hours-of-service as part of legislative requirements to reduce fatigued driving and improve safety for all drivers on the road.
Not complying with HOS regulations is not only illegal and dangerous, but it can also be costly. In 2015, Hours-of-Service fines in the U.S. reached over $250 million annually. While there have been regulations regarding these issues and the need for paper logs for years, the real problem has been that there has not been any consistent format for tracking the records. It has varied from error-prone paper logs to various forms of electronic logs that essentially encapsulate the information that the paper log was intended to provide.
An electronic on-board recorder (EOBR)-style log improves the accuracy of the data that was logged, but the lack of a consistent data format meant that the logs essentially needed to be regenerated to an equivalent “paper” format for review and enforcement. The Record of Duty Status (RODS) definition within the ELD legislation defines a consistent format for enforcement personnel to review.
“This is a win for all motorists on our nation’s roadways. Employing technology to ensure that commercial drivers comply with federal hours-of-service rules will prevent crashes and save lives.”
– FMCSA Acting Administrator, Scott Darling