E-Log Mandate for the Trucking Industry Takes Another Step Forward

The FMCSA’s e-log mandate took another step forward in the rulemaking process today. What requirements does the proposed rule demand of compliant electronic logging devices? And, what does the ELD mandate enforcement date look like now?

Let’s take a look at the details—and what it means for the trucking industry.

Who will be impacted by the e-log mandate — and when?

The FMCSA released the Supplement Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (SNPRM) for Electronic Logging Devices today, March 13, 2014.  THE SNPRM requires all drivers of commercial motor vehicles who file a Record of Duty Status (RODS) – approximately 3.1M trucks and 3.4M truck drivers – to use an ELD for recording Hours of Service.

That means EOBRs, which the FMCSA is now calling ELDs will be needed by 2017.

ELD / EOBR requirements

The SNPRM for EOBRs / ELDs includes a few critical items for consideration:

  • “Integral Synchronization” with a truck’s engine is required for trucks manufactured after 2000.  That means GPS or smartphone only solutions are not compliant with the regulation.
  • There is a limited “grandfather” clause for today’s compliance devices (ABORDs) lasting 2 years after the effective date of the rule (4 years from the publishing of the final rule)
  • Communication methods of data transfer to enforcement officers include wireless web services, Bluetooth 2.1, USB, email or printouts
  • There is a certification requirement for electronic logging device manufacturers, meaning your ELD vendor must register with the FMCSA and sign off that it meets technical and performance standards of the new rule.
  • The FMCSA limited the scope of the rule for truck drivers required to keep RODS. Drivers that fall under HOS exemption, such as short haul, are not required to have an ELD.

So what’s next for the proposed e-log mandate?

This is what the trucking industry can expect:

  • A comment period is established for 60 days from March 13, 2014
  • FMCSA may examine comments for 6-9 months
  • A final rule should be published around the 1st quarter of 2015
  • The final applies to all ROD carrying CMV drivers 2 years after the final rule
  • AOBRDs (systems compliant with today’s 395.15 rule) can be used 2 years after the publishing of the rule

Have questions about the e-log mandate?

Or, maybe about EOBR solutions that meet FMCSA required specs?

Electronic logging devices are our business, so, please, tell us how we can lend a hand.

We’ve worked with the FMCSA’s Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee and serve as the current Chair for the Technology and Maintenance Council Task Force of the ATA, helping to shape an e-log mandate that fits the needs of our clients and meets the requirements of the FMCSA.

We are working through the proposed e-log mandate today and will continue to update on how you can use this rule to your advantage.

19 thoughts on “E-Log Mandate for the Trucking Industry Takes Another Step Forward

  1. Will independent owner operators be required to Install these intrusive government mandated snoop devices in their trucks.
    Second I have several good friends that have been leased on to companies for years and two of them had to install devices and once installed their revenue took a 30/40 percent drop because they could no longer manage their time. But had a device doing it for them . I know the way they run personaly and they now have to race just to stay alive financially.

    Third if they do mandate devices in truck I feel that they should go. Back to the 10/8 rule but allow the 34 hour restart and get rid of the 30 min. Break rule or allow 13 hours driving and 10 hour break and give 16 hours to accomplish driving time
    The reason. I feel this way is that overwhelming majority of shippers and receivers have no accounting for the time they cost drivers who are. Being excessively micromanaged . The fact is if shippers and receivers would load and unload in reasonable time it would help if they want to shove laws down our throat then they need a few also to speed there process up and to help us from losing so much of our drive time
    Truth is electronic isn’t bad if the restrictions of when driving must stop were lifted example let me work a total of 16 hours on duty with 10 hours off and no limit of how long it takes to accomplish this would mean get rid of the limited 14 hour window . That word fix a lot of problems and let the driver drive 13 hours of the day
    I look forward to comments thanks Justin hill

  2. Can you answer one simple question? Where is or what is the data used to determine that would mandate the use or installation of EOBR?
    Remember this just saying we have to have EOBR in trucks is not a justification. Hard concrete evidence as to why an EOBR is needed.
    If this law passes it will dismantle the industry. My hope is that cooler thinking will prevail, especially since no proof has been provided to justify the use of such equipment.

  3. I have 47 years all weather driving 48 states and Canada. this new law should not be allowed to be allowed. I have had 1 (one) accident in all these years, and it really wasn’t my fault. the day you mandate this is the last day of my long and storied, yes storied, career

  4. Can you explain how EOBRs will SAVE the owner/operator money? I was leased to a company that put me on e-logs, and needless to say, I’m not with them anymore. I lost a lot of revenue by being on them.

    • If you currently use paper log books to track RODS, then, yes, you’ll be required to run on ELDs. Thanks for reaching out, Kari!

  5. We are a very small company with “specialty CMV’s” only used when the job at hand requires use. The majority are parked most of the year. How will the new ruling effect us. Are the ELD’s required to be tied to a certain truck or can they be tied to the driver, and moved from truck to truck. If we have to install in every CMV, we are going to be in hot water financially.

  6. I am totally against EBOR’s. I think it is an invasion of privacy and communist.
    The units are expensive, drivers are under more pressure and time constraints.
    My owner-operators say that the ones with the EBOR’s now are the unsafest drivers on the road. They speed and are more pressure than ever to get their loads delivered. If you stop for any reason, that counts against your time.
    I think if the government were to be helpful, they should concentrate on better training for new drivers coming into the field. They are the ones who ruin it for the good drivers with accidents and just plain bad driving.
    All of our owner operators will quit when EBOR’s have to be installed in trucks. Our small company will go out of business.
    I see very bad things happening if this law passes. I wish the general public along with the government will remember one thing- trucks are responsible for delivering your food to the grocery store and most of the products you buy- without them life would be pretty hard.
    In conclusion, EBOR’s are not the answer!

    • Brenda, Thank you for sharing your thoughts, and for giving us an opportunity to address some of your concerns.

      Yes, EOBRs of the past were more expensive for small fleets, but that’s changed with the evolution of mobile technology solutions like XRS. They deliver critical data capture and reporting, but without expensive, upfront hardware costs.

      We definitely encourage you to talk to drivers who are running on e-logs now. If they’re using a reliable solution, you’ll find they won’t want to give them up as they offer both paperwork and safety benefits.

      Regarding your concern about fatigued truckers, it’s important to remember that drivers are in control of their day – and if they are tired, they need to stop and rest. The FMCSA has added specific provisions to the ELD mandate to address harassment and coercion that specifically address your concerns.

      We definitely agree on new driver/carrier training (and the FMCSA is developing a rule that would mandate a new entrant test), but we need more than regulations to keep our highways safe – we need to foster a culture of safety.

      Thanks again for reaching out!

    • Here’s some more info, should you be interested.

      FMCSA also examined cost information from several other vendors, and found that the MCP 50, when all installation, service, and hardware costs are considered, falls roughly into the middle of the price range of FMSs with ELD capabilities: $495 per CMV on an annualized basis where the range is from $165 to $832 per CMV on an annualized basis.

    • Good question, Gary.

      You’ll be happy to know that we are quite transparent and competitive with our pricing. Our ELD hardware is free. All you pay is a monthly subscription of $39 per truck.

      Our EOBR includes features not found on some ELD solutions. These features can offset your monthly fee in fuel savings and, for some, insurance premium savings. (Contact your insurance carrier to see if they offer EOBR incentives.)

        • Thanks for reaching out, Don. XRS offers a number of flexible contract arrangements for our customers. We’d love to connect you to a representative, dig into some of the options, and find the best fit for you and your business. Please let us know how we might facilitate that. Alternately, you can contact our Market Development team directly by phone at 800-795-9282 or through our contact form http://xrscorp.com/get-xrs/?reflink=sales. They’re standing by to help.

  7. This is bad for owner Operators who will now have to put these in their trucks. The Fleet companies already have because they can afford it. Once again the small business person is thrown under the bus in the name of “safety.” There will still be HOS violations, this just lets the state do less work.

    • The good news is that, with mobile technology, the price of ELDs is coming down tremendously. We’re no longer looking at a $1600-1700 price tag, thank goodness. And, when ELDs offer other reporting features that can help you operate more efficiently, they can actually save you money and help you become more competitive. If you have any questions about ELDs that are specific to O/Os, let us know. We’d be happy to blog about it. Thanks for the comment!

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