August 11, 2016
Not for the first time, the fleet management industry is about to undergo a massive shift. The US government’s Electronic Logging Devices (ELD) mandate – finally locked into law at the end of 2015, following many years of development – will become binding on18 December 2017. The mandate is fairly straightforward. The core provision is that lorry drivers will be required to use ELDs – digital devices connected to the vehicle that record basic information about the journey, such as driving time, engine hours, and locations travelled.
The mandating authority is the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), a wing of the federal government’s Department of Transportation (DoT). The DoT says of the mandate that “this automated technology not only brings logging records into the modern age, it also allows roadside safety inspectors to unmask violations of federal law that put lives at risk.”