Electronic Logging Device (ELD) Mandate – A Cliff’s Note Version
- Safety – The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has calculated that 26 lives will be saved and 562 injuries will be prevented by implementing a mandated logging system that will ensure that all drivers are following the same safety standards regarding drivers Hours of Service
- Productivity – There are expected positive effects on productivity by giving drivers and their manager’s better visibility to the Hours of Service that are available so that drivers can be assigned to loads that best match their available hours. There are estimates that the industry as a whole will lose 3-10% overall productivity from loss of time actually driving by drivers who may have unfairly taken advantage of paper log systems.
- Cost – Savings will come for drivers in time doing paperwork which will help offset the cost of the electronic equipment and the monthly usage and monitoring fees associated with the equipment.
Some operational impacts:
- Driver’s clocks are running while waiting to get into a dock and while getting loaded/unloaded. Customers who expedite the process for drivers to get loaded/unloaded will be preferred. Customers who require drivers to wait due to inefficiencies in their loading/unloading process will likely be billed for excess time. The ELD units will give carriers visibility to exact arrive and depart times.
- Drivers may run out of available hours while on a customer’s property and need a place to park while they take their required 10 hour break.
- Once a driver starts his clock for the day, he/she has 14 hours total work time (11 of which can be driving) so the driver will want to get loaded with their next load as soon as possible after completing their previous load. Many times receivers want to unload early a.m. and shippers want to load late in the afternoon. This practice is a very inefficient use of a driver’s time.