Truck Operators Electronic Log Mandate
by Kerry Hongisto

Truck Operators Electronic Log Mandate

In December 2017, commercial truck operators will be required to use an Electronic Logging Device (ELD) to track hours of service (HOS) and records of duty status (RODS) if they are currently using paper logs or other logging software. Operators currently using an Automatic Onboard Recording Device (AOBRD) have until December 2019 to comply with the mandate. Most operators will need to comply, but there are a few exceptions to the rule:

  • Operators of vehicles that were made before the year 2000.
  • Drivers that currently operate under short haul exceptions and are not currently required to keep records of duty status (RODS).
  • Operators that currently use paper records of duty status (RODS) for less than 8 days in a 30 day time period.
  • Drivers who have operations where the vehicle driven is the product being delivered by the driver (i.e. a vehicle for sale or repair)

If you do not qualify for one of the exemptions, you will be required to have the ELD. If you do not comply, you could face violations. The ELD also needs to be certified and registered with The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).  Fortunately, the FMCSA has a list of registered ELD’s to help with selecting one that will best fit your needs.  For more details about the mandate please visit

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