After years of delays, changes, protests, and more delays, the ELD mandate is finally here. The new FMSCA regulation requires interstate motor carriers to have electronic logging devices installed in their trucks in order to track their drivers' hours of service. Most of the large carriers have been using electronic logbooks for years, so the new rule is expected to affect small carriers and owner-operators the most.
Right now we're in the "phase-in" period, which will last until April 1, 2018. Until then, trucks that are found to be out of compliance won't be placed out of service, and fines or citations won't count against the carrier's CSA score. So far, different states have had different approaches to enforcement.
We want to know what everyone's experience has been so far under the new rules.
Carriers: Did you install ELDs in your trucks before the mandate? Are you still waiting for the hardware to show up? Have any brokers or shippers told you that you had to have ELDs before hauling their loads? Have you changed the way you go about dispatching drivers?
Truck drivers: Have you gotten a citation for not using e-logs? Have you been subject to deeper scrutiny when it comes to inspections? Anything different with your experiences at the shipper or receiver's docks?
Freight brokers: Do your shipper customers require the carriers that haul their freight to have ELDs installed? Do you ask about ELDs when looking for trucks to cover your loads?
Shippers: Are you requiring all your freight to be hauled by carriers using ELDs, or are you waiting until the end of the phase-in period?
Let us know in the comments. What's different out there today, and what hasn't changed?
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