Clock is Ticking on ELD Enforcement
Within the last couple of years, the transportation industry has adapted to changes like the Food Safety Modernization Act, hours of service regulations, and more recently, the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate. Since the ELD Mandate went into effect on December 18, 2017, there has been a lot of stress in the shipping community adapting to the new technology. Although many large fleets are now compliant, some still struggle to take the necessary steps.
Currently, ELD violations are documented on roadside inspection reports, and fines or citations are issued at the jurisdiction’s discretion. Beginning April 1, law enforcement and inspectors can place drivers out of service for violating ELD regulations.1 A driver can be placed out-of-service if:
- Using an unauthorized logging device not registered with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
- Unable to produce and transfer data electronically from an ELD to an authorized law enforcement officer, or to produce the data via the display or print out
- Driver indicates a special driving category when not involved in that category (considered a false log)
- Driver is required to have an ELD and the vehicle is not equipped with one (or an automatic onboard recording device until Dec. 17, 2019).2
Coupled with peak season and weather disruptions, spot market rates initially rose after the mandate took effect. Once out-of-service criteria is enforced, there will be even more market disruption as companies scramble to meet shipping windows with less capacity. ELDs are just the latest strain on the fleet model. Hiring and retention issues, operating risks, equipment costs, insurance premiums, and federal regulations are driving companies to outsource their fleet. Why stress when you can outsource the hassle of fleet management to J.B. Hunt Dedicated Contract Services? To learn more about how outsourcing is beneficial to your business, contact us at email@example.com or 1-800-325-1068.