If you are a carrier, see the ELD Checklist for Carriers.
Also, see Tips for Choosing a Compliant ELD.
Deadline/When to Take Action
Know if you are subject to the ELD Rule
Now: prepare for the transition
The ELD Rule applies to most motor carriers and drivers who are currently required to maintain records of duty status (RODS). Learn more and see exemptions at: https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/hours-service/elds/drivers-and-carriers
If you are exempt from using ELDS, keep proper documentation to support your exemption
Understand when you must use an ELD in your vehicle
Before Dec. 18, 2017: drivers can use ELDs voluntarily (or as required by operators) – or continue using paper logs, devices installed with logging software and applications, or AOBRDs
Dec. 18, 2017 – Dec. 16, 2019, drivers must use ELDs unless they use AOBRDs installed before Dec. 18, 2017
After Dec. 16, 2019 – all drivers must use ELDs
Get more details on ELD Rule implementation at: https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/hours-service/elds/implementation-timeline
Understand how you are protected from harassment and coercion, and how to file a complaint
All drivers are already protected from coercion, and harassment protection takes effect as soon as you begin using an ELD
It is harassment if a carrier uses ELD data, or information available through connected technology, to pressure a driver to do something that the carrier knew, or should have known, would result in an HOS violation or to drive when ill or fatigued. Learn more at: https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/hours-service/elds/harassment-protection
Coercion is not limited to using ELD data to pressure a driver; it can also involve actions by carriers, shippers, brokers, and others. Learn more at: https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/safety/coercion
A driver must report harassment or coercion within 90 days to the National Consumer Complaint Database at http://nccdb.fmcsa.dot/gov or with the FMCSA Division Administrator for the State where the driver is employed (http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/mission/field-offices)
Learn to use your ELD
Complete user training provided by your company and/or the ELD vendor
Read the ELD user’s guide and other documents
Prior to beginning to use an ELD, and in compliance with the implementation deadline that applies to you
Know how to:
Get an overview of ELD operations at: https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/hours-service/elds/using-elds
There is additional information in the ELD FAQs: https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/hours-service/elds/faqs
Keep ELD user instructions/manual and supplies in your vehicle
If you use ELDs before Dec. 18, 2017, keeping user instructions in the vehicle is recommended
Documentation is mandatory beginning Dec. 18, 2017
Mandatory Items are:
Submit supporting documents
Submit all supporting documents generated during a regular course of business to the carrier within 13 days of the document(s) being generated
Get more information at: https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/hours-service/elds/eld-supporting-documents-phase-2
NOTE: AOBRD requirements (49 CFR 395) are the same as prior to the ELD rule, but all AOBRD users are subject to the new supporting document requirements in the ELD Rule starting on the compliance date.
All paper log users are also subject to the new supporting document requirements in the ELD Rule starting on the compliance date.