The New Reality
for Fleets Mandated to Use ELD
After months of planning, waiting, hoping, and fretting,
the ELD mandate has gone into effect.
waited until the 11th hour to implement ELDs
still have not
max violation fine
*Data referenced from C.J. Driscoll and Associates
*16% excludes Owner Operators who have not implemented ELD
Although fleets are now required to have their trucks equipped with either a certified ELD or automatic onboard recording device (AOBRD), the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently announced that it wouldn’t be placing non-compliant vehicles out of service until April, giving fleets and their drivers at first glance a seemingly extended compliance window. But that isn’t exactly the case —fleets aren’t getting a full pass for not complying.
Fleets may still be able to keep their vehicles in service but will face other expensive consequences —fines. Starting at $1,100, fines quickly escalate under the FMCSA’s violation schedule and up to $10,000 per incident, which could cost fleets hundreds of thousands of dollars or more, depending on the size of the fleet.
Fleets may be avoiding what they perceive as an inconvenience and a headache by not implementing an ELD solution, but the consequences of the unnecessary expense of punishing fines make further delaying implementation of an ELD solution costly and potentially ruinous, and cost far more than the price of an ELD solution. Implementing an ELD may result in short-term challenges, but the long-term benefits outweigh the negatives by far.
There is no escaping implementing an ELD. After April — unless there is a further extension of the out-of-service grace period, which seems unlikely — fleets that haven’t implemented an ELD (or AOBRD) will have no choice. Even if they are still willing to absorb the fines, when the ELD mandate is fully enforced, along with the escalating fines, drivers will also be cited with points against their CSA scores and, most critical, vehicles will be placed out of service, making it impossible for fleets to carry out their business until they implement an ELD solution.
And now is the time to comply. ELD solution providers, such as GPS Insight, are waiting to help fleets comply with the ELD mandate today. The GPS Insight ELD solution is on the FMCSA’s list of certified ELD solutions, and the company provides training and ongoing support to ensure fleets remain in compliance with the mandate.
As with some of the other available ELD solutions, the GPS Insight ELD solution provides a range of other features including vehicle tracking, DVIR capability, navigation, and more.
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