What does the recent ELD Mandate mean for YOU?

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On December 18, 2017, the ELD Mandate formally went into effect. Electronic Logging Device Mandate was set by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) in an ongoing effort to increase safety on roads. The mandate requires all truckers to install a device in their vehicle to keep track of the hours they are driving. 


It is important to note that the recent mandate does not change any of the hours-of service requirements for drivers. How many hours can a trucker drive? This window is usually thought of as a “daily” limit even though it is not based on a 24-hour period. You are allowed a period of 14 consecutive hours in which to drive up to 11 hours after being off duty for 10 or more consecutive hours. The 14-consecutive-hour driving window begins when you start any kind of work. Shippers will now see increased rates for long haul movements and may bear the costs associated with truck layovers.


To give shippers an example, what was once considered a one day truck move, may now take 2 days due to the ELD Mandate. In a recent move from Port Newark Container Terminal, NJ  to Amherst, NY the trucking rate increased by $500 and was calculated as follows:

3 hours out gate conatiner at the port.
6 hrs drive from Newark port – Amherst, NY
2 hrs live load.
6 hrs drive from Amherst, NY- Newark port
3 hours in gate at the port.


Total: 20 hours


Due to the ELD Mandate, this long haul move is now subject to a $500 layover fee.


“Enforcement personnel have been trained in anticipation of the ELD rule and now that it is in effect, inspectors will be verifying hours-of-service compliance by reviewing records of duty status requirements electronically”  Executive Director Collin Mooney, Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance.