On Dec. 18th of 2017, the Electronic Log Mandate will go into effect and it will now be a Federal Law that requires commercial vehicles running on the roads must implement inside their cabins an electronic log device (ELD’s).
Why are the ELD’s so important and how will they affect trucking? The ELD’s serve a simple function : To keep drivers log books clean. Hours-of-Service (HOS) has been a problem for most of the trucking industry as it has been a manual log book up to date. Truck drivers have been known to violate H.O.S. to pick up more loads to generate more revenue and income. The ELD’s are supposed to be a federal mandate that helps automate and control drivers from violating driving past the legal H.O.S.
With that being said, there may be some repercussions that will greatly affect all industries.