E-log mandate set to take effect Dec. 2017, rule set for DOT publication

| December 10, 2015

Note: An earlier version of this post incorrectly said the rule will not apply to drivers in vehicles “made in 2000 and after.” The rule will not apply to drivers in vehicles made before the year 2000. Another version also said the rule would take effect on Dec. 11, 2017. It in fact will take effect Dec. 16, 2017. 

Overdrive will continue to post more on the rule, its stipulations, trucking industry response and what the rule means for owner-operators this week and next. 

eobr-1A federal rule to require truck operators to use electronic logging devices to keep records of duty status is slated to be published in the Federal Register on Friday, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has announced. The rule will take effect Dec. 16, 2017, giving carriers and drivers a two-year window to comply with the rule’s requirements.

Upon beginning use of an ELD, drivers will no longer be required to keep and maintain paper logs. They will, however, be required to maintain supporting documentation and submit them to their carrier or, for owner-operators, keep them on file.

The rule requires drivers currently required to keep paper logs to use ELDs, with a few exceptions (see them below). The mandate, however, will not apply to drivers of vehicles built before the year 2000 — a change made from 2014’s proposed version of the rule.

The rule also spells out safeguards against driver harassment via the devices, hardware specifications of the devices and supporting documentation drivers must continue to keep after the mandate.

FMCSA says the rule will save the industry $1 billion a year, mostly in time and money saved on paperwork, the agency says. It also says the rule will “save 26 lives and 562 injuries” a year, the agency said in a press release.

Here’s a look at the mandate’s key components:

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Mandating ELDs

The ELD mandate will apply to all drivers required to keep records of duty status, except drivers who (1) keep records of duty status in 8 or fewer days out of every 30 working days, (2) drivers in drive-away and tow-away operations and (3) truckers operating vehicles older than model year 2000.

The devices must be installed and in use by Dec. 16, 2017 — two years after its scheduled Dec. 16, 2015, publication date.

Device specifications

ELDs that meet the minimum standards spelled out in the rule will not be required to track a vehicle or a driver in real-time. They also will not be required to include driver-carrier communication capabilities.

They must, however, be able to automatically record date, time and location information; engine hours; vehicle miles; and ID information of the driver using the device.

The devices must sync with its corresponding vehicle’s engine to record engine on and off time.

The rule also requires compliant devices to be able to transfer data during roadside inspections “on-demand,” via either a wireless Web-based services, email, USB 2.0 or Bluetooth. The rule also stipulates that the ELDs “present a graph grid of a driver’s daily duty status changes either” on the units themselves or in printouts.

Supporting documents

Drivers, while not required to keep paper logs, still must keep a maximum of eight supporting documents, either electronic or paper, for every 24-hour period that includes on-duty time. They must submit these supporting documents to their carrier within 13 days of receiving them, and carriers must retain the documents — along with records of duty status — for six months.

Supporting documents include: (1) bills of lading, itineraries, schedules or other documents that show trip origin and destination, (2) dispatch records, trip records or similar documents (3) expense receipts, (4) electronic mobile communication records sent through fleet management systems or (5) payroll records, settlement sheets or similar documents that show what and how a driver was paid.

If a driver submits to a carrier more than eight documents for a 24-hour period, the carrier must keep the first and last document for the day and six others. If fewer than eight are submitted, carriers must retain all of them.

Harassment of drivers

A similar ELD-mandate set for implementation in 2012 was tossed in court over its lack of protection against driver harassment. In accordance with that, FMCSA’s new rule makes it illegal for carriers to use the devices to harass drivers, puts in place fines for doing so and puts in place a system for drivers to report such instances.  

The rule defines harassment of drivers via an ELD as any action by a carrier toward a driver that the carrier “knew or should have known” would have interrupted a driver’s off-duty time. “Harassment must involve information available to the motor carrier through an ELD or other technology used in combination with and not separable from an ELD,” the rule states.

More on the rule’s driver harassment provisions will be posted later today.

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capresson
capresson

Update your information. This is incorrect and outdated.

Chester lyons
Chester lyons

These big companies is hiring fresh drivers out of driven school and turn around in 3 weeks and make them a trainer that's the blind leading the blind were is there a law for that you don't see the FMC making a law for that wake up drivers its time to put our pants on and stand up

Chester lyons
Chester lyons

Most states are not allowing us to park on the ramps truckers are getting tickets which is wrong they pull on the ramps to get sleep but dot rights you a ticket and tells you to leave and a accident happens so who is in the wrong here dot is biting the hands that feeds them this needs to stop truckers need to fight back on this and stand there grounds

Chester lyons
Chester lyons

It's going to be more accidents because drivers are going to be racing against the clock so how is e logs going to save lives go figure that one out

tyreejr80
tyreejr80

Chester lyons I agree with you

Chester lyons
Chester lyons

These big companies is hiring fresh drivers out of driven school and turn around in 3 weeks and make them a trainer that's the blind leading the blind were is there a law for that you don't see the FMC making a law for that wake up drivers its time to put our pants on and stand up

Chester lyons
Chester lyons

Most states are not allowing us to park on the ramps truckers are getting tickets which is wrong they pull on the ramps to get sleep but dot rights you a ticket and tells you to leave and a accident happens so who is in the wrong here dot is biting the hands that feeds them this needs to stop truckers need to fight back on this and stand there grounds

Chester lyons
Chester lyons

It's going to be more accidents because drivers are going to be racing against the clock so how is e logs going to save lives go figure that one out

tyreejr80
tyreejr80

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tyreejr80
tyreejr80

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R Sammi Jo Briggs
R Sammi Jo Briggs

I Have Millions of Safe Miles. I did not get them by playing "Beat The Clock". This Ticking Time Bomb, House Arrest Ankle Monitor, that they call ELD, Has forced me to drive Tired, Reschedule deliveries, lose $$, Not take Time Senstv loads, Drive in bad weather & Rush Hours. Route Less safe roads to shave time. Speed thru parking lots. Etc. It is the Worst Cause of Distracted Driving i have ever had to deal with, and has Raised my Stress Level off the Charts, The ELD has Made me Absolutely Dread a Way of Life I at times Enjoyed before installing it. THE E.L.D. IS NOT ABOUT $AFETY..!! IT IS ABOUT $$$, True Story.......

rollin wit 9's
rollin wit 9's

Out of curiosity, what are the people gonna do that are out on a load the day before it takes effect? There's no law that says it needs to be installed prior to the deadline...

rollin wit 9's
rollin wit 9's

I remember back in elementary school mom would tell when it was time to shut down and when to get up. I ignored her on a consistent basis. (with asswhoopins sometimes lol) I always set my alarm and when that went off i ignored it also. Late damn near every day but was still an 'A' student. Fast forward... Uncle FMCSA wants me to sleep when I'm wide awake and company wants to bring that wretched alarm clock back into my life and put it in my truck. Aint gonna happen! However, I am setting my alarm for Dec 2017: I wont be late exiting the trucking game!

Thomas Duncan
Thomas Duncan

Like everything else these fools want they will not consider how it is running highly experienced people from the profession .This in itself is very dangerous.You do not want someone who feels it is just a job with the responsabilty that is required.It will not save any lives it will take decisions only a driver can make safely away from them.The planning of a trip is removed entirely from the operator.This is a death sentence for my business as a 3.5 million mile operator and Independant Oversize Boat transporter. This control as well as the Ca carb crap is not right or constitutional and all the sweetening that is applied still will not take the STINK out of it. IT IS TIME FOR OUTRAGE!!!!

Lou Felice
Lou Felice

Time to buy stock in the railroads. Soon intermodal will be quicker than trucking it. Another beauty of a ruling from congress.

Kent Klinger
Kent Klinger

14/11 Hour Rule is the Problem. Forces Drivers To Push Through Peak Hour Traffic When Tired. How Is This Safer? This Is Nothing But Big Corporate Trucking With Lobby Money Coercing Government Officials To Change The Law To Suit Their Business Model. Impacting Small Business Owners and Individual Drivers That Make Their Own Pick Up and Delivery. Using the Claim of In The Name of Safety has No Credibility. It Also Forces Drivers To Drive Faster than Posted Speed Limits to Make Up For Any Lost Time.

Brad
Brad

"A federal rule to require truck operators to use electronic logging devices to keep records of duty status is slated to be published in the Federal Register on Friday, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has announced. The rule will take effect Dec. 16, 2017, giving carriers and drivers a two-year window to comply with the rule’s requirements" This deals with adapt and over overcome and or give the tech a chance. Did you see that headline about the Walmart driver who crashed into an individual and killed them due to driving excessive hours. Its a shame that the few that do not follow the rules are the cause rules that should not apply to those tha, to the people that follow drivers. Contact your teamster representative and tell them to do their job and lobby and explain them the importance of keeping members informed. With that being said I think it is fair to say that not only the industry, but this nation is starting to focus more on safety, it's a tough argument to go against. .

Steve
Steve

Quite an imagination- thinking 26 lives will be saved with NAZI Logs. The interstates will become a War Zone with drivers trying to not take the nap they need. It will cause a minimum of 2,600 more deaths.Mark My Words.

Johnson
Johnson

Broker rate transparency mandate!!! That is a reason to strike!!!!!!! Why should a broker make more off a load than the driver hauling it? 10% brokerage fee of total payout sounds fair to me. This is where the steam should be building. Focus on where you can make an impact.

Johnson
Johnson

Broker rate transparency mandate!!! That is a reason to strike!!!!!!! Why should a broker make more off a load than the driver hauling it? 10% brokerage fee of total payout sounds fair to me. This is where the steam should be building. Focus on where you can make an impact.

Jerry Arbogast
Jerry Arbogast

My company will be extremely safe, with no drivers. Seven people will loose thier jobs dec. 2017. I cannot find decent drivers now. Take away thier home time and reduce the pay, it wont be worth signing the contract to install the equipment in the truck. At what point does the american cititzens say enough to government over reach?

Tomahawk
Tomahawk

Same headcount here, including me. But I tried them and they're dangerous. They will turn you into something that you're not. I'm closing my doors if this isn't rescinded, just as many others will do. And I hope they think we're joking. I don't know about the American public saying enough to overreach, but I'm pretty much full of their BS.

Lol
Lol

Go to youtube, look at Russian truck drivers strike agains Vehicle Tax Per Mile called "Platon",goverment wants to track them via gps receiver, and price is 1,75 local currency per kilometr, they already bet ELD s 3 years ago, hopefully will bit VTM..strike, strike, strike!!! Goverment must hear us, serve People, not lobbyists group. Revial name of this political corpse who suggested eld, do not revote for him.

Scott Rogers
Scott Rogers

I am a small carrier from Michigan this in no way levels the playing field I've tried to hire a couple of new drivers that have cdl can't find any insurance company that will take them ! Because less than two years experience even if I keep them in my truck for 6months wich is far more than any super fleet would do ! Screw them I got two years to sell everything ! Last straw I'm over it!

Luke Thomson
Luke Thomson

Ok, after reading the 500 page ruling, I am still left scratching my head. I run a mixed fleet of 2x 1999 trucks an 2x 2002 trucks. My drivers all drive the 1999's sometimes. Do I need to install ELD's on the 2002's??? "an exception for to those drivers operating CMVs older than model year 2000, as identified by the vehicle identification number (VIN) of the CMV." "Drivers of vehicles manufactured before model year 2000." .....SAYS THAT DRIVERS WHO (EVER??) DRIVE 1999 EQUIPMENT ARE EXEMPT "CMVs involved in interstate commerce, operated by drivers who are required to keep RODS, be equipped with ELDs." (page 45) ....SAYS THAT MY 2002'S ARE NOT EXEMPT. BUT MY DRIVERS DRIVING THEM *ALL ARE* BECAUSE THEY SOMETIMES DRIVE A 1999. It seems that I don't need ELD's in any of my vehicles, as long as all my drivers regularly drive the 99's. Is that correct??

Axel
Axel

Ok so I have a 2003 international 9400i, but my motor in the truck is a 1994 3406e 5ek model CAT. How's that gonna work? Anybody have any idea?

Bill
Bill

I was wondering about that to. I just bought a 2016 glider with a 1999 motor. Any thoughts?

Kevin Kennedy
Kevin Kennedy

Hey! Watch this video. 3 days without trucks and it's complete panic....people screaming for more government intervention. https://youtu.be/ZCAkh5QbYWI I understand that a major storm had just hit NY and the NE. But the point is this.....when a SIGNIFICANT amount of truckers shut it down because of government regulations like elogs and speed limiters (not a strike....just a choice to no longer be a trucker. Truckers will move on and won't be coming back). The MEGAs and the ATA won't be able to really make any real contributions to replace the MASSIVE loss of truck capacity. Again, this WILL be the scene when the trucking capacity suddenly collapses because of this underhanded corporate backed power grab. It won't work. Be prepared.....the SHTF is coming! GOD help us..... (so long as we help ourselves too) https://youtu.be/ZCAkh5QbYWI

Bo
Bo

ELOGS are for lazy drivers. I like to work hard and make a good living. I am not happy only running 600 miles a day.

mousekiller
mousekiller

Being able to stop the clock will help in reducing the parking issue in truck stops. Reduce the number of trucks in rush hour traffic. and since the rush to meet the 14 hour non stoppable clock we now have is undoubtably going reduce the accident rates. But since the govt wants us all to wear the ankle bracelet no different than a criminal wears we are at its mercy. Drive a truck , Your a criminal and we the govt that know zero about trucking are going to prove it. My question is. If you go one minute over the 14 hr electronic clock is it a federal violation? What is the punishment? 3 times in a year and you lose your CDL for 3 months????Just asking.

Jose Vargas
Jose Vargas

Well mouse killer, if you are a owner op, they will do audits on elogs wich are easier to do than paper, also remember that you need to keep for every load up to eight docs of load icluding payroll docs and like paper fine you foe e vilotations but we can stop it if we became One Mind and One Goal members,....!!!!

Matthew Johns
Matthew Johns

Honestly? As a former box-jockey, I hated e-logs. Now as a car-hauler I prefer them. On that tiny log the 8 and 9 look the same to me. I drive 100% legal but I can't tell you how many times I draw a line at the wrong place. Or I'll be writing a 13 digit BOL on the logs and miss a number. E-logs are great for me in car-hauling. However I stay in a hotel every night and make twice as much money as I did driving a box. I have gone from Michigan to Miami and back stopping only for fuel. If I got caught? Busted. It was risky how bad I had to lie on logs. But if u pull a box for any company, big or small, you have to run completely illegal to make any money. You all know it's true. Now I make 6 figures a year, am home every weekend and 2 nights during the week, work 10 hour days, sometimes only 5 or 6 hours, and stay at a hotel every night. I welcome e-logs. But I also understand from pulling a box and dicking around with truckstops at midnight, and driving 10 minutes to a shipper and then having them take 8 hours to load, that the system will fail with mandatory e-logs. The real reason government is doing this is they want to control you, and they also want trains to haul everything because trucks burn more fossil fuels. You can deny it all you want, but our government wants complete control of every aspect of our lives, and they use "global warming" as their reason for everything. Anyway, e-logs will destroy us, but for us car-haulers they will work just fine. Hey, I also do some recruiting if anyone wants to start hauling cars!

Jenny Berry
Jenny Berry

My truck is a 1999 and it's For Sale.......

Ioan Anghel
Ioan Anghel

Time to quit Dec 2017, no way I am gonna fight for a parking spot when everyone elog ends at the same hour, plus no way it's safe to wake up at 2 am to continue your trip conform with your elog shedule, so thank you but no thanks

Garret A. Sudbring
Garret A. Sudbring

Follow the money. How rule makers investing there money in stock market concerning ELD. Its not about safety. There going to make a ton of money.Its called insider tradeing bunch of crooks.Need a major shut down nationwide.

Steve
Steve

The interstates will now be a war zone. Terrorists could only dream of the amount of American deaths electronic logs will cause !

Larry Volin
Larry Volin

It will not work with my trucking company driving in traffic in the northeast, waiting to get tire repaired, can't even take a nap during the day because the 14 hour clock is ticking away. Cant find a place to park at a truck stop have to park on side of road or ramp because the 14 hr ticked away. It might work for the big companies but not not the small guys. Let' get this elog mandade repeared !!

Dr. Noel W. Epke USMC(Ret)
Dr. Noel W. Epke USMC(Ret)

You rookies...only 22 years? I've been doing this legally since 11 July 1972(43yrs 5mo) and since allot(not all) but enough drivers were cheating somehow and then getting into accidents while cheating is ne of the major reason we now have this law. add the 'megas' as you call them trying to get ALL the freight and of course this is what happens. as for eld's I'm using them have since 1992 when I worked for ol Cl...I can tell you I can drive more hours and spend less time on line four than I ever could with paper but again you have too know how to do it and then work for a company that has some leeway. now when you're hour(s) are up they're up, no more driving while in the sleeper. btw I'm retiring next summer, maybe tin the fall so good luck to all of you until these rules are removed. one mre thing, help the new guys uot, quit complaining about how they drive but talk to them and explain how it should be done as their trainers/mentors aren't doing it for most can't whip their ass yet much alone teach someone this business9289 students trained here.) again good luck hands may god always be with you.

Sib
Sib

Respectfully sir, there are statistics that prove that accident rates are going up, fatality rates are going up, and the trend matches the increase in the use of elds and speedlimiters. This law has been mandated on the basis of "safety enhancement", although this article doesn't tout that. I don't wonder why not, I just told you why not. It's a lie, they have the exact opposite effect. So now it's about saving 1 billion dollars, and 26 lives per year. The billion bucks is a joke, I'm not commenting on the lives saved. Cheaters, true cheaters, will find a way to do their thing. Paper or electronics makes no difference to those people. And much ado has and is being made about driving while in the sleeper, you just did it yourself. Well if you've used elogs as long as you say, and you've never had to park and sleep somewhere that was unsafe, or drive differently than you normally would drive, or be late for a pick up or delivery, or not be able to stop and take a nap when you were drowsy, I could go on with this list but I won't, then you're running a different system than the one I used earlier this year. And I don't see how it could be that much different or better. Elogs should be a choice, not a mandate. End of story. Tomahawk

James Toller
James Toller

There retarded time us truckers stop all trucks they can't arrest us all time for a trucking war cuz our government is discriminating against truckers by say all truckdrivers are bad and unsafe well what happens when trucks stop bringing them food gas cars clothes then what are they gonna do huh STAND UP FOUR YOUR RIGHT TO FREEDOM DRIVERS

Kevin Kennedy
Kevin Kennedy

For those of you who are fans of government mandates....watch this.. Different context....same idea... https://youtu.be/PdOrKoKfgk0 I believe this speaks volumes of just what us "old timers" are trying to get across. Enjoy! K.Kennedy Anchorage, Alaska Alaskan Highway Trucker

John
John

This is TYRANNY!!

log trucker
log trucker

all of you out there need to learn the rules of the game. Go to freedom-school.com click the ucc connection, scanned retina wordpress.com judge Anna Von Reitz articles and archive nov 2014 find items of interest nov 29 2014 to start also anti corruption society.com, judge Dale, go to source documents ucc and you learn what this county really is

jojo
jojo

So I no longer have to know where I am at or what time it is BUT I now need to stop and buy things 6 times a day to have records of WHERE I've been and what TIME I was there!!!! And they said these black boxes were going to save me Time and Money???????????? I've got to go buy a brief case to carry around the supporting documents now!!! All of a sudden a young kid driving Grand Pa's truck is safer than I am and does not have to monitored???? Driver Harassment takes many shapes and forms. The most effective way to get an employees attention is to take money out of their pocket. Letting an employee Driver sit for two or three days to get a point across leaves no record!!!!!

Sib
Sib

That's a good point, Pat. Tomahawk

jojo
jojo

I stopped in to OOIDA Friday. They are studying the ELD final rule very carefully. As you know, this is all in legal talk and can be interpreted by non-legal folks incorrectly. One thing for sure, We don't Fight a half assed Fight! It will take some time to fully understand the implications and therefore consider a course of action. Tomahawk, we haven't talked in quite a while, maybe it's time for us to catch up. Keep Fighting the Fight!!!! Pat Hockaday jojo859585@ gmail.com

Tomahawk
Tomahawk

Yeah, Pat. Sounds like it is. I'd like to talk to Born, too. Stay safe, Bud.

Mark Koz
Mark Koz

it will save us$$$$ I went from free to $1400 for a elb govt at work

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