ELD Mandate!

Here is a brief description of the ELD Mandate.

There are 3 phases to the ELD Rules. As I write this it is in Phase 2. The final Phase 3 will be enforced on December 16, 2019. Keep in mind you must comply to Phase 2 which is explained below.

The ELD rule was Congressionally Mandated. It is intended to create a safer work environment for drivers. The Federal Government wanted to make it easier for them to keep track of the drivers. They can easily track your hours of service and record everything about the truck. This includes tracking your speed, destinations, etc.

The ELD synchronizes with the trucks engine and electronics. It can communicate just about everything the truck does. If you are the driver of this truck, then you are responsible.

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ELD Mandate Phase 1

Phase 1: Awareness and Transition Phase of ELD Mandate

It rolled out on 12/16/2015 as the Publication of ELD rules.

The period from February 16, 2016 to December 18, 2017. During this time drivers and carriers subject to the rule were told to prepare and comply. They could also use ELD’s voluntarily.

Drivers and carriers subject to the rule could use any of the following for Records of Duty Status (RODS):

  • Paper logs
  • Logging Software
  • AOBRD’s (Automatic Onboard Recording Devices)
  • ELD’s that are Self-Certified and Registered with the FMCSA

Phase 2

Phase 2: Phase-In Compliance Phase of ELD Mandate

The 2-year period from Compliance Date to Full Compliance Phase December 18, 2017 to December 16, 2019.

During this period drivers and carriers can use:

  • AOBRDs that were installed prior to December 18, 2017
  • Self-Certified and Registered ELD’s MCSA

Phase 3

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Phase 3: Full Compliance of ELD Mandate

After December 16, 2019 all drivers and carriers subject to the rule must use the Self-Certified ELD’s that are registered with the FMCSA.



There are a few exemptions to the rule. You do not need to comply with the ELD rule, but you must continue using paper logs. Here are the exemptions rules.

  • Drivers who do not drive more than 8 hours in a 30-day period.
  • Driveaway and Towaway drivers, sometimes called Hikers if you are driving and/or pulling the commodity. One set of wheels of the commodity must be touching the road surface. Examples; motor homes, camper trailers, trucks, etc.
  • Drivers of any vehicle manufactured before model year 2000.

My Experience With ELD's!

I have used two different ELD’s in the past 5 years. When I changed jobs, the new company had a different brand of ELD. I will not name them for privacy concerns.

I have found them to be very useful and easy to use. They make my job as a truck driver much easier. I do not have to constantly remember where I was at and what time. It keeps track of all the mileage and where I have been. My job is a lot different now that I am not traveling long distances. I usually drive a few hours to the job area and then stay there. We work in about a 20-mile radius of the job. We then let the trucks at the job overnight and continue the next day.

My last job did consist of more long hauls within a few states. I was still local so all my loads had to be in a certain radius to assure I was back at the terminal within the fourteen hours. I only had one occasion where I ran out of the hours. I was one hour from home and the company sent another driver to finish the run and I took a pickup truck to get home.

If you are not a local driver then you will need to know where to stop for your ten hours of rest. You will need to plan your trip accordingly. This can be a pain in the rear. There are not many places for trucks to park overnight on the interstates. Rest areas and truck stops fill fast during the early evening hours.

ELD Functions!

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