On December 17th, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) enforced the ELD compliance ruling for all motor carriers and drivers. What does this mean? Essentially, an electronic device is installed in these transportation vehicles in order to monitor the progression of a driver’s route. Typically, this has been done using paper log books. The switch from paper to digital can be a bit bumpy, so here’s a few tips to make sure the transition goes as smoothly as possible.
1. Updating your status immediately
Logging your activities as they happen is a good habit to inherit and negates any risk of violations you can run into.
2. Checking the ELD device
Make sure that everything is in working order before you start your route.
3. Having the proper documentation on board.
The transfer guide, malfunction guide, and ELD manual are all required to be in the cab of your vehicle.
4. Keeping back-up paper logs
In the event of a malfunction, it’s a good idea to have these on hand.
5. Planning your route
Before you start the route, call ahead and make sure that assets are ready to be picked up, that you have ample time for pickups and offloading, and that there is an appropriate place to park.
Following these simple steps will lead to a more efficient and more importantly, safer industry.
(source: getab.com) (source: lenduboistrucking)