The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) implementation date is fast approaching. Beginning December 18th the FMCSA’s Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate will require most interstate carriers to use ELDs instead of paper log books.
This will be a big change for many carriers, but how does this affect you as a shipper? Consider how many of your carrier partners currently use ELDs vs those that don’t. Installing an effective ELD system across a fleet is no small undertaking, requiring time and considerable investment up front. Additionally, they will likely cause a dip in productivity as these carriers learn how to effectively operate with stringent adherence to the hours of service rules that using ELDs will require.
For these reasons, many carriers have held off on making the switch, hoping that some of the opposing legislation will delay that December 18th deadline or even tie up the mandate indefinitely. However, there is no sign that the ELD compliance date is changing and this means that those carriers may find themselves in a tough spot in December; facing possible fines and suspensions until they can become compliant.
For shippers, this could spell trouble in the form of delayed shipments and the need to scramble to find new carriers to move your products and supplies.
For Nussbaum, making the switch to ELDs years ago allowed us to move forward in our efforts to be an effective, safe, and reliable carrier for our partners. Our constant drive to innovate and embrace new technology has put us in a position to be ready for the future.
If you have questions about the ELD mandate and are not sure whether your carrier partners will be affected, take a look through this Q&A about the ELD compliance mandate put together by Track Your Truck