Transitioning to Electronic Logging Devices, Part 1: Introduction

Posted on Tue, 2016-04-19 11:29
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The US Electronic Logging Devices and Hours of Service Supporting Documents final rule became effective February 16, 2016, with phased-in compliance deadlines starting in December 2017.

Although dates for compliance appear generously longer term, freight and passenger carriers operating cross border that have not already voluntarily adopted “electronic recording devices” to record hours of service should use this time to understand the requirements, research and make purchasing decisions, and plan and implement new processes that not only cover installation of the devices, but also include ongoing communication and training for drivers and other staff well before enforcement begins.

ELD Workshop with Louise Yako at the podium; Stephen Haywood, Commercial Vehicle Safety & Enforcement, speaking.

To assist members in making the transition to ELDs, BCTA held a workshop on April 6, 2016, with presentations by carriers, suppliers and a representative of the US Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration based in Washington State. In Part 1 of this two-part Special Bulletin, we provide an overview of the key elements of the ELD final rule emphasized at the workshop and considerations for choosing a device. Next week, in Part 2, we’ll focus on tips for preparing drivers and staff and working with shippers, who will need to understand the implications of the rule on their own operations and practices. Carriers, shippers, and others will also need to abide by a new US rule, separate from the ELD mandate, which describes and prohibits driver coercion.

Although a date has yet to be announced, carriers operating only in Canada can expect similar ELD regulations soon that will likely reflect the US rule – and the benefits of planning for an early transition to ELDs also apply.

It is important to note that the new US ELD requirement focuses on requirements for recording and sharing HOS data (electronically rather than on paper), but does not change the HOS rules themselves.

See the following articles about transitioning to ELDs:

Members with questions after reviewing these articles are welcome to contact:

  • Greg Kolesniak, BCTA Director of Policy, gregk@bctrucking.com or 604-888-5319 or (toll-free in BC) 1-800-565-2282, ext. 211

  • Lindsay Samson, Policy Analyst, lindsays@bctrucking.com or 604-888-5319 or (toll-free in BC) 1-800-565-2282, ext. 219

We’ll be back next week with Part 2 and more information on preparing drivers and staff for the transitions to ELDs and working with shippers.

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