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Electronic Logging Devices (ELD's) for US domestic truckers

December 2017

 

The Electronic Logging Devices mandate becomes effective on December 18th. Effective that date truck drivers will be required to have ELD's fitted to all commercial vehicles and will no longer be allowed to maintain paper/manual logs of their hours; this change is not cutting driving hours rather enforcing the regulations already in place.  
 
It seems the general consensus in the drayage community is that rates, especially on longer hauls, will increase and capacity tighten. The impact may be immediate as monetary citations will be issued on December 18th to operating vehicles without a compliant ELD, or it may not be until April 1st, 2018 as that is the start date inspectors will begin placing commercial motor vehicles "out-of-service" if their vehicle is not equipped with an ELD.

I encourage you all to confirm with your dray vendors that they are compliant with the ELD regs and discuss any potential rate changes. I doubt we'll see an "ELD surcharge" per say, it'll likely be the base rate that will increase.

Below are some industry articles regarding ELD and enforcement ....
 
http://www.ttnews.com/articles/analysts-predict-spot-rates-could-soar-once-eld-mandate-goes-effect
 
https://www.joc.com/trucking-logistics/ltl-shipping/qa-eld-and-future-freight_20171120.html
 
https://www.joc.com/trucking-logistics/labor/ahead-eld-rule-false-driver-log-violations-rise_20171127.html

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