Hours of Service (HOS) Compliance

When it comes to technology and staying compliant with regulations set forth by the FMCSA, it is essential to choose a partner to grow with. USA Fleet Solutions will always offer top fleet management hardware and software products to improve compliance capabilities for your fleet.

Historically, drivers have used paper logs to record their Hours of Service. However, with the introduction of the ELD Mandate in the United States, drivers and carriers are required to use electronic logging devices for record-keeping. Drivers that still attempt to operate on paper logs will find it near impossible to stay compliant going forward.

The long-awaited final rule on electronic logging devices (ELDs) has been released by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). The new ELD regulations mandate the use of electronic logging devices for records of duty status (RODS).

What Is the ELD Rule?

According to the FMCSA’s official announcement, the ELD rule will “improve roadway safety by employing technology to strengthen commercial truck and bus drivers’ with hours of service regulations that prevent fatigue.” ELDs will benefit the trucking industry in many ways, by saving time and costs associated with paper logs, increasing the efficiency of record-keeping and inspections, and most importantly, by preventing accidents and saving lives.

Electronic Driver Logs will be essential as the only indisputable way to comply with the new laws.

Hours of Service, EOBR & ELD Regulations

Let your drivers focus on what they need to, driving safely and efficiently. Paper logs will now be a liability and may increase your company’s exposure to risks, such as higher costs due to compliance breaches, reduced productivity, and operational inefficiency.

With USA Fleet Solutions, your company will ensure Hours of Service compliance, reduced number and duration of inspections and improved driver productivity and safety.

As of December 18, 2017, all carriers must have implemented AOBRD (Automatic On Board Recording Devices) or Electronic Logging Devices (ELD) to track HOS.

Records of Duty Status (RODs)

In order to prove that the driver has followed the regulations, drivers must present roadside inspection officers with documented logs, also known as a record of duty status (RODs). The requirements for a driver’s record of duty status are detailed in 49 CFR 395.8.

Will the ELD Rule Affect Your Fleet?

The short answer is “yes.” Basically, the ELD rule applies to all CMV carriers operating across state lines. Also, drivers who maintain 8 or more days of duty status logs (out of 30 days) will require an ELD. However, there are exceptions for drivers who aren’t required to keep records of duty status (RODS), as well as drivers who use:

  • RODS for not more than 8 days during any 30-day period
  • Vehicles older than model year 2000
  • Driveaway/towaway vehicles — as long as they are part of the shipment

More Efficient HOS Compliance

Geotab Drive users can manage driver log reports and vehicle inspection data all in one, user-friendly platform. HOS regulations aim to improve safety by keeping fatigued drivers off the road. Fleets that meet the compliance requirements have a lower chance of accidents, injuries and fatalities related to operating commercial motor vehicles. HOS is one of three compliance efforts that also include IFTA and CSA.

  • Garmin HOS, Messaging and Routing
  • Active Tracking for live vehicle tracking on the map
  • More current and accurate GO TALK for spoken word feedback to drivers to alert them of dangerous driving behaviors

Your driver’s will require a way to prove their Hours of Service in the event of an inspection. An Electronic Driver’s Log will eliminate fines and help you avoid countless hours calculating each driver’s operating time.

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