It's been the talk of industry for years. And now, it looks like it may finally be coming to pass. On March 12, the FMCSA announed a "supplemental notice of proposed rule making to mandate electronic devices. The final rule may not go into effect until 2016, and then companies and drivers will have two years after that to install and begin using the ELD's. Carriers that are currently using EOBR's or AOBRD's will have an additional two years to install and begin using ELD's.
"The rule consists of four parts: (1) The requirement to use ELDs, (2) Protections against driver harassment (3) Hardware specifications for the devices and (4) the hours of service-related supporting documents drivers must continue to carry after the mandate."
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