At the end of this year, on December 16, 2017, a federal rule mandated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) that requires truck drivers to use e-log devices will be enforced. Drivers will no longer be able to keep paper logs. FMCSA says this mandate will save the logistics industry one billion dollars per year in time spent saved on filling out paperwork and will save 26 lives and 562 injuries per year.
There are a few exclusions to this new mandate, however. The e-log device mandate will pertain to drivers required to keep records of duty status, except for drivers who (1) keep records of duty status in 8 or fewer days out of every 30 working days, (2) drivers in drive-away and tow-away operations, and (3) drivers operating vehicles older than model year 2000.
E-logs requirements include automatically documenting:
- Engine hours
- Document vehicle miles
- Driver ID information
At Central Marketing Transport Services, we have prepared for this mandate by acting in a proactive manner and implementing a solution prior to the deadline. Our fleet is current with technology that allows us to maintain ELD compliance and has been for quite some time now. This has allowed us to account for many variables in each trip. As with any significant change, companies that prepare will be successful, those who dont prepare will fail. It is imperative that shippers align themselves with those who are prepared.