Transitioning to Electronic Logging Devices, Part 2: Introduction

Posted on Mon, 2016-04-25 18:41

Part 2 of this Special Bulletin on the US Electronic Logging Devices and Hours of Service Supporting Documents final rule focuses 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.

The ELD final rule became effective February 16, 2016, with phased-in compliance deadlines starting in December 2017. BCTA is encouraging members to begin researching requirements, making purchasing decisions, and planning and implementing new processes for using the technology and integrating it with current operational practices and systems.

Carriers operating solely in Canada, especially those using paper logs, can also use this time to do their research and speak to vendors and others already using the technology. Canadian ELD regulations are coming and will be similar to the US rule. It’s worth noting once again: the new ELD rule applies to the electronic recording of hours of service data and does not change any HOS rules. But your drivers will need time to understand and use the technology prior to compliance deadlines, as well as how to provide recorded data to enforcement officers (who will also be learning about the technology themselves).

As one carrier who’s already adopted electronic logs has said, it’s not just a matter of installing a device and flipping a switch. Shifting from paper to ELDs is a big change and there’s a lot to learn, but carriers who choose to approach the transition to ELDs strategically will be ahead of the game once compliance is required.

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

  • Greg Kolesniak, BCTA Director of Policy, or 604-888-5319 or (toll-free in BC) 1-800-565-2282, ext. 211
  • Lindsay Samson, Policy Analyst, or 604-888-5319 or (toll-free in BC) 1-800-565-2282, ext. 219

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