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Delays Possible As ELD Mandate Deadline Approaches

The looming deadline for the use of Electronic Logging Devices became somewhat uncertain last week after U.S. Representative Brian Babin (R-Texas) filed the ELD Extension Act of 2017 (H.R. 3282), which calls for implementation of the ELD mandate for commercial trucks to be delayed until December 2019. The current rule requires that ELDs be installed on all interstate commercial vehicles with the model year 2000 and newer by Dec. 18, 2017. In order for the delay to actually happen, however, the bill would have to quickly pass both Houses of Congress, and be signed by President Trump prior to the deadline. While some praised the possible delay, citing issues with enforcement and cyber-security concerns, others emphasized the many inherent benefits that ELDs offer to motor carriers as a good reason not to take the “wait and see” approach before obtaining an ELD system. “Anything that increases the level of communication between dispatchers and their drivers will have a positive impact on productivity,” advises Bruce Lee, Product Manager for Bi-State Allied Member pdvWireless. He points to pdvW’s DispatchPlus software as “a unique solution that enables managers, drivers and dispatchers the ability to stay connected and compliant” with hours of service rules and other commercial driver regulations. “When utilizing the application on smart devices and/or two-way radios,” adds Lee, “managers can instantly speak with drivers, achieve complete visibility to worker location, and respond to critical updates.” Vice President of Indirect Sales Chris Hackett also cited increased safety as an added incentive. “Implementation of the ELD mandate will provide for a safer driving environment,” said Hackett. “It is vitally important that any and all technologies that are available to increase driver and road safety are implemented whenever possible.” For more information on pdvWireless and the technology upgrade options they offer, call 877-392- 9175 or click HERE.