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ELD Violations Begin in December, ELD Out of Service Delayed Until April 2018

Tuesday, September 19, 2017
ELD Violations Begin in December, ELD Out of Service Delayed Until April 2018

On August 28th, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), announced that they will begin enforcing the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate requirements on Dec. 18, 2017.  

The CVSA is a nonprofit association comprised of local, state, provincial, territorial and federal commercial motor vehicle safety officials and industry representatives.

According to their website, there are two key dates organizations should be aware of:

  • Dec. 18, 2017 – Inspectors and roadside enforcement personnel will begin documenting violations on roadside inspection reports and, at the jurisdiction’s discretion, will issue citations to commercial motor vehicle drivers operating vehicles without a compliant ELD
  • April 1, 2018 – Inspectors will start placing commercial motor vehicle drivers out of service if their vehicle is not equipped with the required device. Please note, a motor carrier may continue to use a grandfathered automatic onboard recording device (AOBRD) no later than Dec. 16, 2019

Overview of the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) Rule

The congressionally mandated rule has a compliance date of Dec. 18, 2017.  It is intended to help create a safer work environment for drivers, and make it easier and faster to accurately track, manage, and share records of duty status (RODS) data. An ELD synchronizes with a vehicle engine to automatically record driving time, for easier, more accurate hours of service (HOS) recording.

The ELD rule is being implemented in three phases:

The following table illustrates the different devices that can be used during each phase:




Logging Software


Phase 1  x x



Phase 2  x x



Phase 3  x  




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 self-certified and registered with FMCSA

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:

Phase 3: Full Compliance Phase:

After December 16, 2019 all drivers and carriers subject to the rule must use self-certified ELDs that are registered with FMCSA.

Updated on website on Thursday, August 31, 2017, for more information visit:

Material posted on this website is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a legal opinion or medical advice. Contact your legal representative or medical professional for information specific to your legal or medical needs.

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