Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) have been a long time coming. The first efforts to require them began in 2000. After much discussion and legislation, rules requiring ELDs were finally passed in December 2015. Transportation companies like Holland were given two years to get their ELD systems installed and drivers trained.
That deadline is fast approaching. As of December 18, 2017, most commercial motor vehicle operators must begin using ELD systems to record their driver’s driving time and hours-of-service (HOS) records as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has mandated.
Holland is ready!
“We didn’t want to simply comply with this new rule,” says Scott Ware, president of Holland. “We saw this as an opportunity to make major improvements to how we serve customers. While we were searching for the industry-leading ELD solution, we were also seeking new technology to support our drivers in their daily activities. The result was a handheld device–like a super cellphone–that will serve as both their ELD and as a tool our drivers will use to better manage their routes and activities. We are making the most of the new mandate and the required technology to enhance both safety and service.”
Our new handheld devices will enable our drivers to:
- Quickly and accurately document their hours of service, ensuring that they are well-rested and compliant with regulations
- Accept loads onsite, simplifying and speeding the process for customers
- Communicate with Dispatch regarding route changes and urgent customer needs
- Work more efficiently, getting deliveries where they need to be, when they need to be there
You should be aware that not all of your carriers may be ready. A number of smaller or less-stable transportation companies will struggle to afford or implement ELDs. Starting December 18, “roadside enforcement personnel will begin documenting violations on roadside inspection reports, and at the jurisdiction’s discretion, will issue citations to commercial motor vehicle drivers operating vehicles without a compliant ELD,” stated the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA). Carriers unable to meet the April 1, 2018 ELD enforcement deadline can be placed out of service by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for not complying with the mandate. Check with all your carriers to be sure they will be compliant by the deadline.
Our more than 5,900 active city and linehaul drivers have received training. Our equipment is in place and in use. Holland is readier than ever to provide safe, reliable, damage-free deliveries.
Many industry experts agree that requiring ELDs is the biggest change in the transportation business since deregulation in 1980. We believe it’s a change for the better.