As electronic logging device (ELD) misinformation makes its rounds, fleet owners are wondering what is true and what is false. These rumors gained traction when members of the U.S. House of Representatives helped sponsor a bill aimed at delaying the ELD compliance date. However, this piece of legislation has yet to get off the ground. Below are several rumors and the truth behind their origin.
ELD Compliance Date
Because of the aforementioned bill, many truck drivers believe the compliance date is now set for 2019. However, this is not the case, as the bill has not yet come to fruition. Lawmakers are running short on time, and truckers should prepare for the December compliance date or face the consequences of non-compliance—being forced out of service.
Truck drivers do have an alternate option to buy them more time before they have to install an ELD. They can opt to invest in an automatic onboard recording device (AOBRD) instead. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) grandfathered AOBRDs for two years before drivers must install an ELD.
There is one exception to the ruling: trucks with an engine built in 1999 or earlier. It is important to note this is different from the original waiver. The initial document indicated vehicles with a model year of 1999 or older would not need to install an ELD. The FMCSA has since changed this to the engine year instead.
Fleet Size Exemption
Another prevalent rumor among the trucking industry is small fleets (those with fewer than 10 trucks) do not need to comply with the ELD mandate. This myth is particularly popular among owner-operators for obvious reasons. However, even single-truck operations must comply with the mandate.
Barring pre-2000 engines, every commercial truck driver must comply with the ELD regulation. Truck drivers and fleet operators are rapidly running out of time and need to bring their vehicles up to compliance standards by December 17, 2017. To learn more about ELD compliance, contact the experts at Envirun.