According to ATA, there are 3.5 million truck drivers in the U.S. With less than 5 weeks before the ELD mandate takes effect, over 1 mil truck drivers have yet to comply.
Many of the for-hire, private fleets and owner-operators have not deployed an ELD device yet. So, this shows that the market is going to be pretty wild over the next two months till the deadline is reached.
While enforcement of the mandate starts Dec. 18, truckers won’t immediately be put out of service or told to stop driving if they don’t comply with the deadline. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration have established a grace period until April 1. But this doesn’t mean that drivers who won’t comply starting Dec. 18, will not face fines or collect violation points in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability, or CSA, scoring program.
Those not in compliance will be faced with picking from more than 100 FMCSA eligible devices. While the holiday rush, the companies also, will have to learning how to use the ELDs too.
Many ELD providers are trying to ensure they have enough product available to handle a sales crush expected to hit in mid-November till end of December.
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