What the ELD Mandate and OOIDA Appeal Mean for Vehicle Fleets
Since the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published the electronic logging device rule, or ELD Mandate, companies have been trying to appeal the ruling in court. A recent ruling by the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals denied the request of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) to rehear its case against the ELD Mandate. OOIDA plans to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, although no timeframe has been indicated for this appeal.
If you work in the fleet industry, this mandate and related court cases are important to understand.
Electronic Logging Devices
First of all, what is an ELD? An electronic logging device is an electronic solution for professional truck drivers to track their hours of service (HOS). An ELD replaces the paper tracking used by many fleets. In addition to tracking HOS, an ELD can also be used by the driver to log in and select their status (on-duty, off-duty, or on-duty and not driving) and to display a record of duty status so the driver can easily see hours driven in a given day.
The FMCSA passed the ELD Mandate in December 2015. This mandate requires all commercial motor carriers and truck drivers to implement certified ELDs to record HOS by December 2017. However, fleets already using electronic logging technology have until December 2019 to ensure compliance with published specifications.
The mandate is intended to save time and money through reductions in paperwork and fuel costs. Incentive programs have been established to reward companies for improvements in fuel efficiency and safety.
Drivers Affected by the ELD Mandate
All drivers who are required to keep paper records of duty status (RODS) are included in the ELD Mandate. The FMCSA estimates 3.4 million drivers will be impacted. Exempt from the mandate are vehicle models dated 1999 or prior, trucks that are being shipped (cargo), and short-haul drivers.
Using Smartphones and Tablets as an ELD
Given the associated cost imposed on drivers and fleet companies, there are some alternative options to consider. Smartphones, tablets, and handheld mobile computers can be used as long as they meet ELD requirements, such as providing a hard-wired power connection to the truck’s fuse box.
Vehicle Mounts for Phones, Tablets, and ELDs
For over 10 years, ProClip has provided vehicle mounting solutions for commercial fleet vehicles. Our fleet vehicle mounts are convenient solutions for drivers to safely and securely mount their device while improving worker efficiency and productivity by keeping devices charged throughout the day and within easy reach.
ProClip offers a two-part mounting solution that consists of a mounting base specific to your vehicle and a device holder/charging cradle specific to your mobile device. We offer vehicle dashboard mounts, as well as heavy-duty pedestal mounts for fleet vehicles. We also offer device holders for phones, tablets, mobile-computers, two-way radios, and more.
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