ELD Enforcement & What to Expect

Wondering what to expect with the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate?

Read up on what you can expect from the ELD regulations to better understand and protect yourself and your business from fines and violations.

What to Expect

If you do not have an ELD, expect to be shut down for a minimum of 10 hours.

  • Best case scenario: The inspecting agent will only shut you down for 10 hours and send you to your destination where you will be asked to wait until you have an ELD installed.
  • Worst case scenario: If you are at a Port of Entry (weigh station), the inspecting agent may shut you down until you receive and install an ELD on site.

If you do not know how to run your ELD system, expect to be shut down for 10 hours. They may even test your system again before you leave to see if you fully understand how to use it.

  • On top of being shut down, you can expect fines, citations, and up to eight points on your CSA score.
  • Fines will start at $138 and work their way up depending on the severity and state/jurisdiction the violation is filed in.
  • The average fine will be $600 if the truck driver or carrier does not have prior hours of duty status issues, but fines could climb as high as $15,000.
The Positives
  • ELDs could be the ticket to getting the hours of service rules changed and detention time addressed. As capacity grows tighter and rates continue to rise, brokers and shippers may join in on demanding change.
  • The hardware detects detention time as you sit and wait. The location data of your ELD shows that you have not moved which allows drivers and carriers greater flexibility in recouping time lost during the negotiation phase.
  • There are seven different sections defined by the ELD mandate that were created to protect drivers from driver coercion from brokers, shippers, receivers, and their own carriers who demand unrealistic hours.
Use the benefits that ELDs provide to negotiate better rates and detention pay to make up for lost opportunities.

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