So it seems like only a short while ago we were all putting off the idea of paperless logs. Thinking that, like most government regulations, someone would swoop in and delay the mandate. Well, guess what? There was no caped crusader and now December 18, 2017 is knocking on our door.
There are a lot of questions and confusion out there as to who needs them and where they should be purchased from. Basically, the simple answer is, if you require paper logs now, you’ll require electronic logs as of December 18th.
Of course, as with any government regulation, there are exceptions. These exemptions are of note to smaller carriers based in the NYC Metro area who mostly travel in the 100-air mile radius daily. My best advice to anyone with questions is go to the FMCSA website; https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/hours-service/elds/electronic-logging-devices
Along with all the rules, regulations and exceptions, this link will also give you a list of “self-certified” vendors. Do your homework and decide what system works best for your needs and remember, just because you’re switching over to paperless logs, don’t go shredding all those unused log books just yet. You’ll still need paper back up in case your system goes down and you know it will.
The ELD mandate goes into effect on December 18, 2017 with citation enforcement. This will become an out of service violation starting April 1, 2018.
Be safe, be smart.