Is the trucking industry ready for the ELD mandate set on 18 December? | Rig Hauler

Is the trucking industry ready for the ELD mandate set on 18 December?

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Is the trucking industry ready for the ELD mandate set on 18 December? Photo Credit: CCJDigital

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) electronic logging device (ELD) mandate is set to become effective on December 18, 2017. All efforts to delay the implementation of the mandate were rejected. This means the ELD mandate now faces no obstacles to its implementation.
However, few things need to be considered before gauging if the trucking industry is ready for the ELD mandate. For instance, the FMCSA is yet to set any clear guidelines concerning the technical specifications of the ELDs. There are issues concerning transfer of data from the ELDs to law enforcement officials and cybersecurity. Moreover, the FMCSA has not yet certified any ELD as being compliant with the mandate. This results in confusion since many ELD manufacturers have self-certified themselves following the FMCSA mandated procedures, but a customer purchasing an ELD from these vendors still has no guarantee whether the device follows closely with the ELD mandate. If ELDs are found non-compliant, trucks face the risk of being categorized under the out-of-service criteria unless they replace the devices with a compliant ELD within the time allotted.
Many drivers who were against the mandate had been waiting till the eleventh hour to install the mandate in the hope for any effort that might delay or stall the mandate. Unfortunately, for these drivers, it did not happen. These drivers now face the risk of being caught up in the rush for purchasing ELDs, which means they might be late in getting compliant ELDs installed in their vehicles.

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