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California CHP is ready to enforce ELD mandate on interstate drivers

California CHP is ready to enforce ELD mandate on interstate drivers

California is the latest state to codify the FMCSA’s ELD mandate for interstate truckers. Since the state only adopted the Federal rules including the Electronic Logging Device mandate in August, inspectors had been checking driver logs and Hours of Service compliance the old-fashioned way. Those days are over.

California’s ELD enforcement era began on October 1, 2018.

KeepTruckin’s Head of Regulatory Affairs, Travis Baskin, spoke with officials at the CHP in Sacramento on October 10, 2018. Baskin was informed that officers have been trained and are ready to enforce the law in California.

“Because of complicated legal procedures, California’s laws did not include the ELD regulations until about a month ago. That meant that the state didn’t have a legal basis to give citations or violations related to ELDs. Lots of folks that run most of their miles in California got used to not using ELDs; even if they were supposed to they were able to risk it. Now that the law has been updated they’re going to have to plug in and connect.” — Travis Baskin, Head of Regulatory Affairs, KeepTruckin.

ELD violations

It’s important to remember that the FMCSA has updated the CSA’s Safety Measurement System (SMS) with new ELD violations and violation severity weights.

There are now 22 ELD-related violations that affect a carrier’s SMS scores.

22 ELD related violations - SMS scores - infographic

Now that California is enforcing the ELD mandate, interstate truckers will have to be aware of these ELD violations. Non-exempt truckers would require an FMCSA-compliant electronic logging device. If you are without an ELD solution, try KeepTruckin. The KeepTruckin ELD solution is FMCSA-compliant, feature-rich, and starts at just $20 per month with no additional charges.

Switch to KeepTruckin and get up to $600 for each ELD or dash cam you switch over. Learn more about our buyout offer.

If you have any questions about the KeepTruckin ELD solution, call at 855-434-ELOG. Our 24/7 customer support team is always available to help you.

You can also visit the KeepTruckin team at booth #214 at the California Trucking Show in Ontario, CA, and meet with a consultant to discuss the California mandate and your ELD challenges.




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