The FMCSA’s ELD mandate took effect on December 18, 2017.
After the electronic logging device mandate implementation, we have so far seen a few enforcement issues, changes in the ELD adoption rates, and tighter market conditions that aligned in favor of truckers.
Let’s discuss all that and more in this blog post. We will start with the ELD enforcement issues that commercial drivers and carriers need to be aware of.
Last year, the CVSA announced that ELD violations wouldn’t affect CSA scores between December 18, 2017, and April 1, 2018. Inspectors have been trained to log ELD violations with the violation code “395.22A” so the FMCSA can easily filter them and ignore ELD violations until April 1.
However, there have been instances where incorrect violation codes were used. Violations coded under 395.22A won’t result in ELD violations but closely related violations will.
KeepTruckin has written a more in-depth article about it and has also highlighted how to identify and challenge incorrect violation codes. If you want to learn more about it — and you should — read this blog post: how to identify and challenge incorrect violation codes.
Another ELD enforcement issue is that some safety inspectors aren’t recognizing grandfathered AOBRDs.
Acknowledging the issue, Fred Fakkema, a former 25-year veteran with the Washington State Patrol and VP of compliance for Zonar Systems said:
“The biggest problem we have seen at roadside is the training enforcement received is somewhat minimal if any. I think they are still going through it. The issue today is when one of our legacy customers that are running AOBRDs (automatic onboarding recording devices), which are grandfathered until 2019, is being questioned as to why they do not have an ELD and then are written up on the inspection report, if you will.”
Fakkema also advised truckers to manage the situation from their end. He said, “drivers need to indicate to enforcement, ‘No I am not using an ELD; I am using an AOBRD and I’m grandfathered in.”
According to Fred, “communication is the key here.”
The first month after the ELD mandate implementation has also seen a rise in the ELD adoption rates.
According to a survey by CarrierLists in October 2017 — two months before the compliance deadline — the ELD adoption rate was just 25%. However, in the last few weeks of the final deadline, the adoption rate increased to 75%. In January 2018, the ELD adoption rate improved even further — up to 90% for nationwide carriers.
The survey report mentioned: “Nationwide and Super Regional compliance rates are now hovering at 90 percent, while regional carriers haven’t broken 70% and have spent the past three weeks on a downward trend.”
Kevin Hill, the President and Founder of CarrierLists, commented:
“I think a lot of them had equipment on back order. I expect that once we get well into January, it will start rising again once they get their devices from back order.”
Regarding the ELD adoption rates, Fakkema commented the following:
“A lot of them assumed that with CVSA’s announcement of the April 1 out-of-service criteria that we could wait until April, then they found out that that’s actually not the case. I think there’s a few of them that were hoping something would happen right before the deadline. They were hoping for a say and that hasn’t come to fruition.”
Market condition improved significantly after ELD implementation. The national load-to-truck ratio is 10.1 loads per truck, which is an impressive new record.
According to Kevin Hil, driver time is going to become much more valuable in 2018. He also warned shippers who have inefficient loading and unloading times and detention problems. He said that they would end up bearing more cost than their competitors in business.
As we move forward in 2018, shippers will have to be more efficient in the post-ELD world or else they will end up bearing unnecessary costs.
Truckers are enjoying the tighter market, high demand, and favorable conditions. However, commercial drivers without electronic logging devices can’t, as they risk penalties and ELD violations.
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