Electronic Logging Device Mandate
With all the talk going on in regards to the new mandate for the electronic logging devices, here are a couple of key things that we want our clients to know. The electronic logging device (ELD) mandate’s purpose is creating a safer working environment by accurately tracking, managing, and sharing records of duty status data. The ELD final rule compliance date is 12/18/2017. Many drivers and fleets already use automatic on-board recording devices to automatically record a driver’s duty status and/or changes in status, it also records the amount of time the driver has been operating the vehicle. Since this rule applies to most carriers, Royalty Truck Insurance wants to make sure that all our clients are aware of the steps in getting prepared for the roll out of this mandate. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the ELD rule applies to most motor carriers and drivers who are currently maintaining RODS (records of duty status) per Part 359, 49 CFR 395.8(a). The FMCSA has an abundance of information that we hope all our clients review and read up on, just click away from the hyperlink. As far as ELD compliance and insurance, we feel great about this new mandate. With the ELD implementation, it is anticipated that there will be fewer accidents and lower insurance premiums. One key area that we are hoping our clients will benefit is the tort claims where plaintiffs assume that drivers involved in the accident were operating beyond the HoS limits. Additionally, we are here for our clients to counsel on the impact this mandate will have on their insurance costs. Please contact us for all your insurance related questions; we are just a phone call away, (818) 989-8999.