ELD Mandate Enforcement Dates
Though the ELD Mandate went into effect in December, that does not mean the transitions to Electronic Logging Devices are over.
This especially rings true for the 28% of non-exempt drivers who are not compliant. Out of approximately 3.1 million truckers who must be ELD compliant, 868,000 drivers on the road are still not compliant.
If you are one of those drivers who are not ELD compliant, then continue reading to learn about the important ELD Mandate enforcement dates that are coming up. Learn how they will affect you and what will happen if you are non-compliant.
December 18, 2017 - ELD Mandate Effective Date
Last December, the ELD Mandate officially went into effect. All non-exempt drivers were required to have a compliant ELD installed in their trucks.
While drivers will not be put out-of-service if they get pulled over without ELDs, fines and citations may be issued, which range from hundreds to thousands of dollars. By delaying punishment for those drivers who are not compliant, the government will work to provide the transportation industry with time to adhere to the enforcement.
CSA scores will not be impacted, however, at least for now.
March 18, 2018 - Agricultural Extension Ends
At the end of this month, the agricultural extension will end for those who qualified for the FMCSA agricultural extension. Meaning, they will also need a compliant ELD installed.
Previously, agriculture haulers who drove within a 150-air mile radius from their farms were exempt from maintaining records of duty status. They received this extension as it helped their jobs, by not needing an ELD for picking up loads, deliveries, and transportation times. Since the FMCSA is still debating an extended comment period from agricultural drivers, nothing has been set in stone for them as of yet.
Again, fines and citations may be issued, but these drivers will not be put out-of-service if they are pulled over. CSA scores will also not be impacted until April 1. Enforcement will continue to be left up to the discretion of the police officers.
April 1, 2018 - ELD Mandate Enforcement
This April, the full ELD Mandate will be enforced. Drivers caught without a compliant ELD will be put out-of-service and remain so until a compliant ELD is installed.
Each day will cost approximately $264 in revenue, steep fines, and the cost of towing the truck back. CSA scores will also be impacted, causing your business:
- A reduced ability to get best-paying loads
- Increased chances of being inspected
- Increased insurance premiums
December 16, 2019 - Full ELD Compliance
Exactly 4 years after the ELD mandate was signed into law, the full compliance phase will begin. After December 2019, all drivers and carriers operating in the United States must have registered and compliant ELDs, otherwise they risk further punishment.
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When it comes down to it, to negate many of the numerous problems that can occur, transportation businesses need to ensure that there is strong communication between drivers and the back office once the ELD mandate has gone into effect,
In respect to the impending ELD mandate, if you need additional help, UTECH is here for you. With our knowledge and expertise, we will ease your fears, so you can continue doing your job efficiently.
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