Updated ELD Mandate Implementation Could Affect Freight Capacity
Complying with the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate will have a big impact on transportation and logistics. On August 28, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) announced that enforcement of the new ELD regulations will now be applied in a phased-in approach.
Beginning December 18, 2017, the majority of U.S. motor carriers will be required to comply with ELD regulations. Between December 18 and April 1, 2018, ELD violations will be documented on a motor carrier’s safety rating, and fines or citations may be issued. After that time frame, trucks could be placed out of service for violating ELD regulations. The phased-in approach will provide carriers, businesses, and enforcement personnel with additional time to prepare for the requirements, according to the CVSA.
Impacts on Capacity
During the last year, many publications have cautioned business owners that capacity could tighten during ELD implementation. Currently, available capacity is already strained due to weather-related events and seasonality. With holidays approaching and e-commerce transactions continuing to increase, delaying out-of-service implementation may alleviate some of the pressure on the industry.
By using a phased-in approach the CVSA will have a better understanding “as to how many [trucks] are in compliance with the new rule,” Collin Mooney, CVSA executive director said in a statement to Fleet Owner. J.B. Hunt trucks have been operating electronic logs for many years and our contracted carriers are required to comply with all applicable federal laws regulating the industry. Our transportation experts are ready to help your company understand the new regulations and find capacity when and where you need it.