Everything You Need to Know About the Electronic Logging Device Deadline

In December 2015, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published an electronic logging device (ELD) final rule. The rule is intended to help create a safer work environment for commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers and make it easier and faster to accurately track, manage and share records of duty status (RODS) data. An ELD synchronizes with a vehicle engine to automatically record driving time for easier, more accurate hours of service (HOS) recording. The final rule also prohibits certain drivers from operating a CMV without an ELD.

The final rule became effective on Feb. 16, 2016, and will be implemented in three phases. Full compliance with the rule is expected by Dec. 18, 2017.

Besides requiring certain CMV drivers to install and use ELDs, the final rule also does the following:

  • Clarifies the rules on supporting documentation for ELD records
  • Establishes measures to prevent ELD-related harassment

This toolkit includes several resources published by the FMCSA to help carriers and drivers with the implementation of this rule. These resources include answers to frequently asked questions, an implementation timeline and checklists.