The clock is ticking.
In just a couple of weeks, the “soft enforcement” deadline will be over.
According to the CVSA, the FMCSA, and industry experts, non-exempt truckers without ELDs will face severe penalties after April 1, 2018.
Are you prepared?
According to a recent Bloomberg/Truckstop Quarterly Truckload Survey, approximately 868,000 truckers are not. The survey reveals that 868,000 truckers are without an FMCSA-registered ELD solution.
If you are one of them, it is crucial that you install a compliant and reliable ELD before April 1.
Will there be an extension?
Some groups are spreading rumors that the April 1st deadline will be extended. That’s not true at all.
The CVSA’s Executive Director, Collin Mooney, has confirmed that the April 1st deadline will not be extended. He said:
“We feel we have aided in the implementation process, and that’s it. We are disappointed with some segments of the industry that have taken the view that April 1 is the new implementation date and not what it is — the beginning of a stiff approach to mandate enforcement.”
When asked if there’s any possibility of extending the deadline, Collin replied, “None whatsoever.”
This should clear any doubts that some carriers may have. There is not going to be another “soft enforcement” period.
What happens after April 1, 2018?
Until now, some states have been very lenient with ELD mandate enforcement. Although inspectors recorded ELD violations, they didn’t always fine the drivers.
That’s not going to be the case anymore.
After April 1, drivers without ELDs will have to deal with the following:
ELD violations will affect CSA scores
In 2017, the FMCSA announced that ELD violations wouldn’t affect CSA scores during the soft enforcement period — until April 1, 2018.
However, after April 1st, ELD violations will directly impact a carrier’s CSA scores.
As you know, poor CSA scores increase your chances of roadside inspections and negatively affect your ability to get the best paying loads or explore good business opportunities.
In a competitive environment, you need every help you can get. You don’t want poor CSA scores to hold you back and shut doors to great business opportunities and fantastic contracts.
Out-of-service criteria enforcement
To ensure a smooth transition, the CVSA also didn’t enforce the out-of-service criteria (OOS) after December 18, 2017.
However, after April 1, non-exempt commercial drivers without ELDs will be placed out-of-service. Moreover, they will remain out of service until they install a compliant ELD.
Hefty penalties and fines
Drivers without compliant ELDs are expected to face hefty fines and penalties. Moreover, as drivers are placed out-of-service, they won’t be able to work, resulting in loss of revenue.
Unnecessary towing costs
When a driver gets an out-of-service order, the vehicle will likely have to be towed. A 40-mile tow, on average, could cost you up to $344.
How to choose the right ELD before April 1?
Non-exempt drivers will need a compliant ELD solution; there is no way around it. If you are currently required to prepare a paper record, you have to have an ELD. It’s as simple as that.
However, it comes down to choosing the right ELD solution — one that is compliant, reliable, affordable, and feature-rich.
It is important to remember that not every ELD listed in the FMCSA’s list of self-certified ELDs is 100% compliant.
Those ELDs are self-certified, which doesn’t mean compliant.
Annette Sandberg, Ex-FMCSA Head, says:
“As a former regulator, the biggest concern I have is the number of ELD vendors that are currently on the FMCSA list [of approved vendors] that probably should not be.”
Many legacy, proprietary ELD solutions are facing technical problems, despite being on the FMCSA’s list of self-certified ELDs. It is one of the many reasons why so many carriers are leaving proprietary ELD solutions.
Recently, the FMCSA also had to issue a short-term waiver because a legacy ELD solution was facing severe data transferability issues, which made it impossible for its users to fulfill their obligations.
It is, therefore, extremely crucial to purchase a reliable and truly compliant ELD solution that doesn’t give you headaches down the road.
Here are a few steps to guide you through your research in finding the right, FMCSA-registered electronic logging device:
- Start with the FMCSA’s self-certified list. Shortlist a few ELD solutions but don’t buy any of them before doing further research.
- Use the FMCSA’s checklist for choosing a compliant ELD and see if your shortlisted ELD fits the standards set by the FMCSA.
- Read independent third-party reviews from websites such as ELDratings.com.
- Check for app store reviews from other drivers and see what problems they are facing with an ELD provider. Read negative reviews and try to spot issues, such as an unstable Bluetooth connection, unreliability in duty status changes and notifying drivers for upcoming violations, an inability to send a compliant output file, poor app reviews, unresponsive technical support, etc.
- See if the vendor offers a free demo. If a company doesn’t offer a free demo and directly wants you to get into a years-long contract, that’s a huge red flag.
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