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Are You Ready for the New ELD Regulations?

Are You Ready for the New ELD Regulations?

It’s been a long time coming, but after a process that began in 2012, the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate is about to take effect on December 18. Are you prepared to implement this rule that will significantly affect your business along with the entire trucking industry?

Why a Mandate?

The primary moving force behind passage of the ELD law is driver safety. Estimates from the Federal Motor Carrier Administration (FMCSA) indicate that ELD use can prevent 1,500 accidents, 475 injuries and 22 deaths per year.

In addition to safety benefits, ELD use can provide an unprecedented amount of accurate data, allowing for more efficient operations.

How to Prepare for the ELD Mandate

There are also potential drawbacks to ELD use, including increased shipping costs, smaller truckload capacities and greater need for team drivers. Preparation can help reduce the risk of negative effects.

  • Maintain open communication about the approaching deadline with your regular carriers and providers. Use the information you gain to adjust plans where necessary.
  • Notify carriers and providers of your expectations regarding the mandate. Include specific details, such as what date you expect compliance and what documents you’ll accept as proof of ELDs.
  • Offering support to key carriers and providers can pave the way to stronger relationships and greater levels of trust.

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