What You Need to Know About ELD Enforcement

Posted by Becca Soard on March 27, 2018 - 8:03 AM
What You Need to Know About ELD Enforcement

Preparing for the ELD mandate to take full effect

While the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has been working to implement electronic logging devices (ELDs) across the commercial transportation industry since 2015, the mandate will be strictly enforced beginning April 1, 2018. As carriers prepare for this deadline, here’s what you need to know about the ELD rule and how you can help avoid shipment delays:

Key details about ELD enforcement

  • Some extensions have been granted (primarily for agricultural haulers); however, the majority of carriers will be subject to fines or other penalties if they are not in compliance by April 1
  • ELDs are designed to ensure a driver doesn’t go over their hours of service (HOS), and the mandate protects drivers from harassment or coercion that would force them to drive with their ability or alertness impaired
    • Because of this, motor carriers cannot and should not ask drivers to violate the HOS regulations to meet pickup and delivery requirements
  • These changes are likely to affect capacity as driving schedules are adjusted to ensure compliance
    • Driver detainment counts toward total hours of service, including idle time at a dock
    • Violations also may lead to drivers being placed out of service, further limiting capacity

Tips for keeping your shipments on schedule after April 1

  • Stagger pickup requests and delivery appointments to avoid too many trucks waiting to access your dock
  • Stage freight on the dock and have a crew ready to help load and unload if needed to reduce driver wait time
  • Make sure shipping documents include detailed directions and accurate contact information to prevent delays

How is ArcBest addressing the ELD mandate?

We’re committed to keeping daily operations running smoothly. ArcBest® carrier ABF Freight® retrofitted ELDs into all existing tractors in 2016 and includes the technology in all new equipment. The Panther Premium Logistics® fleet is also 100 percent compliant. While there’s still some debate as to how these changes will affect the industry, we understand the importance of compliance for safety and will continue to be proactive as new technologies emerge.

If you have any questions about the April 1 deadline or need assistance optimizing your shipment schedule, contact customersolutions@arcb.com or call 800-610-5544.

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