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Implementation Timeline

The ELD rule is being implemented in several phases:

The Effective Date February 16, 2016 is the date 60 days after the rule’s publication in the Federal Register.

The Compliance Date December 18, 2017 is two years from the publication date.

Implementation Phase Compliance Table

 ELDAOBRDLogging SoftwarePaper
Phase 1 
Phase 2   
Phase 3    

Phase 1:  Awareness and Transition Phase: The two-year period following publication of the ELD rule February 16, 2016 to December 18, 2017.

During this time, carriers and drivers subject to the rule should prepare to comply, and may voluntarily use ELDs.

Carriers and drivers subject to the rule can use any of the following for records of duty status (RODS):

  • Paper logs
  • Logging software
  • AOBRDS (Automatic On Board Recording Devices)
  • ELDs that are registered and listed on the FMCSA website

Phase 2: Phased-In Compliance Phase: The two-year period from the Compliance Date to the Full Compliance Phase (four years following ELD rule publication) December 18, 2017 to December 16, 2019.

Carriers and drivers subject to the rule can use:

  • AOBRDS that were installed prior to December 18, 2017.
  • Certified, registered ELDs following rule publication December 16, 2015.

Phase 3: Full Compliance Phase: After December 16, 2019 all drivers and carriers subject to the rule must use certified, registered ELDs that comply with requirements of the ELD regulations.

Updated: Wednesday, December 21, 2016
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