The ELD mandate — or the final ELD rule — was published by the FMCSA in 2015. It requires most commercial motor vehicle drivers to install FMCSA-compliant ELDs to record their Hours of Service data.
The ELD mandate became mandatory on December 18, 2017. The full compliance phase of the final ELD rule started on December 16, 2019.
The primary goal of the ELD mandate is to reduce road accidents by strict enforcement of Hours of Service rules and minimizing driver fatigue.
The ELD mandate is a US Federal Regulation.
The US Congress also required the adoption of this rule as part of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) Act.
The MAP-21 includes critical provisions meant to assist the FMCSA to minimize road collisions, injuries, and fatalities involving large commercial motor vehicles (CMVs).
Here’s a quick review of the ELD mandate timeline:
The ELD mandate applies to most motor carriers and drivers currently required to keep RODS according to Part 395, 49 CFR 395.8(a) of the Federal Motor Safety Carrier Regulations (FMSCR).
The FMCSA’s ELD mandate also applies to commercial passenger vehicles and Mexico- and Canada-domiciled drivers operating in the US.
The ELD mandate applies to most CMV drivers who are required to maintain Record of Duty Status (RODS). However, there are some exceptions. The ELD mandate does not apply to:
Learn more about ELD mandate exemptions.
If you’re a commercial driver who does not qualify for any of the above-mentioned exceptions, the ELD mandate will likely apply to you.
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