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What is the FMCSA’s ELD mandate — and when must you comply? We break it all down for you.

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We’ll walk you through ELD technical requirements, prices, and the benefits they deliver to carriers and drivers.

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Supply and Demand Chain Executive Taps Regulatory Expert Tom Cuthbertson on, “The ELD Mandate Is Here, Now What?”

The ELD mandate has caused quite a buzz within not only the traditional for-hire trucking space, but also among all the related industries who rely upon trucking to move goods from point A to point B. Supply chain logistics and private freight movement are two great examples. Supply and Demand Chain Executive published an article on July 12, 2016 featuring Omnitracs VP of Regulatory Compliance Tom Cuthbertson on the subject of the ELD mandate, fleets losing out by taking a wait-and-see-approach, and compelling stats about the fines that can be avoided by acting fast and acting now. With an emphasis...

Time Flies—But the ELD Mandate Is Still Coming

Now that we are in June, it is hard to believe that we’re almost halfway through 2016. Equally hard to believe is that it has been 6 months since the FMCSA issued a ruling on the ELD Mandate. Prior to the FMCSA announcement on December 11, 2015, the industry was abuzz with news and conjecture about this new piece of legislation. After years of anticipation, when was the ruling ACTUALLY going to happen? What were the exact details going to entail? Everyone was talking about it! Now that the ruling has been issued, though, we are seeing what amounts to...


Fleets who have been tracking the progress of the ELD mandate over the years agree that the top question about the final rule published December 2015 is, “How is it different from what we expected?”  For one, the methods by which the data collected by the ELD would be transferred to law enforcement changed, in part due to commentary from organizations like Omnitracs who actively participated in the review and commentary period. The two transfer methods that were eliminated include: QR Code Transfer Jet During the commentary period, Omnitracs submitted that these methods would likely translate to higher costs and...

Why Aren’t Providers Rushing to Self-Certify on the FMCSA Web Site?

It is important to note that products listed on the FMCSA web site are “self-certified” by the manufacturer and merely registered with, not verified by, the FMCSA.  Any product which claims self-certification is subject to challenge, which may trigger rigorous testing and risk potential removal from the market until the challenge is proved or disproved.  Or, it may not.  Right now, it’s not clear what the challenge process may or may not entail; that’s something in the FMCSA’s proverbial inbox.  Regardless, one thing is certain.  For fleets, device removal from the market during a compliance challenge could represent significant cost...


A primary element of the final Electronic Logging Device (ELD) regulation published in December 2015 was a definition of who needs to comply, and who gets an exemption. There are three scenarios describing fleets who can operate without an ELD, but who still must account for activities in Hours of Service: Pre-2000 Vehicles:  If the vehicle has a manufacturing date before the year 2000, the use of an ELD is not required. This stems from the fact that many vehicles manufactured before 2000 do not have an ECM that can provide the data being collected.  However, since there are vehicles...