Learning from the Electronic Logging Devices (ELD) Mandate
The controversy over the effectiveness of mandatory Electronic Logging Devices (ELD) rages on, but despite the outcry, the law requiring that many commercial trucks be outfitted with an ELD remains firmly in place. The final milestone for this phased-in regulation is December 18, 2019, when all vehicles subject to the law must have a federally certified ELD installed. Automatic onboard recording devices (AOBRD) that were grandfathered in for two years will no longer be acceptable.
Because the ELD requirement is unlikely to disappear anytime soon, the smart bet for trucking companies is to use the data and experiences created by ELD adoption to improve their own operational strategies, while its trade groups push for changes that will lead to a safer, more productive and more profitable industry.