According to the ongoing CarrierLists survey, the ELD compliance rate has hit 97% soon after full enforcement began on April 1, 2018. The ELD compliance rate has been since stable at 97%.
The survey also revealed that the three-week moving average has reached 93%.
Kevin Hill, CarrierLists’ Founder and President, believes that the sudden spike in electronic logging device compliance rates can mainly be attributed to small fleets recognizing the detrimental effects of noncompliance after April 1.
Hill told Trucker.com, “From this point forward, all drivers not using ELD devices are at risk of being put out of service for 10 hours. Any further violations will include another 10 hours out of service along with monetary penalties, plus hits to their CSA scores.”
The consequences of noncompliance played a major role in the sudden improvement of the ELD compliance rates.
“ELD compliance rates for the final week before the deadline spiked six points to 97 percent. This pushes our three-week moving average up five points to 93 percent,” the poll conducted by CarrierLists stated.
According to Kevin Hill, “It looks like there was a final push from both small and regional fleets in the final two weeks before the April 1 deadline.”
According to the FMCSA, if a non-exempt driver doesn’t have an ELD or AOBRD, he will be put out-of-service for 10 hours. Assuming that he has paper logs, the driver may be allowed to reach his final destination to deliver the load. However, he cannot be dispatched on his next trip without a compliant ELD solution.
During March, the survey showed a compliance rate of just 82 percent.
Hill attributed the low overall compliance rate to small fleets with less than 20 trucks that weren’t adopting ELDs.
“For the six months we’ve been releasing weekly ELD compliance results, three categories have always lagged the field; smaller fleets, regional operators and dry bulk haulers,” Kevin Hill said.
He pointed out that the three truck categories dragged down the overall ELD compliance rate last month.
“Fleets operating under 20 trucks are at 85 percent ELD compliance compared to 98 percent for fleets running over 20 trucks,” Hill said.
The situation has significantly improved in the last couple of weeks. The ELD compliance rate is now stable at 97% — which means that only a small fraction of non-exempt truckers are without ELDs.
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