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As of Dec. 17, most motor carriers are required by federal law to use electronic logging devices, or ELDs, to track truck driver hours of service. Whether you’ve waited until the last minute to flip the switch or you’re already running ELDs, here are some things you need to keep in mind to avoid citations, bad CSA scores, or unsatisfactory safety ratings.

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No 'Soft Enforcement' for Dec. 17 ELD Deadline: CVSA

Time is almost finally up: All motor carriers and truck drivers subject to the electronic logging device rule must use an electronic logging device starting on Dec. 17. Don't expect any "soft enforcement."

ELDs and AOBRDs During Roadside Inspections [Video]

When it comes to electronic logs, what happens during a roadside inspection? Get some insight from this CVSA video outlining what inspectors need to do at roadside when checking driver hours of service records on AOBRD or ELD systems.

ELD Lessons Learned So Far, Part 3: Back Office

When it comes to managing electronic logging devices in the back office, “Obviously, the big thing is to monitor for violations,” according to Annette Sandberg, CEO of TransSafe Consulting and a former administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Truck Drivers Operating Without ELD May Now be Put Out of Service

Now that the April 1 "hard enforcement" deadline has passed on the electronic logging device mandate, property-carrying commercial motor vehicle drivers operating their vehicle without a required registered electronic logging device or a grandfathered automatic on-board recording device will be placed out of service for 10 hours, according to CVSA.

ELD Violations Won't Count Against CSA Scores During Transition Period

Federal officials have taken another step to make the transition to mandatory electronic devices less painful. If drivers are cited at roadside for not complying with the ELD rule come the Dec. 18 deadline, the citation will be a “no points cite” that will not affect the Safety Measurement System that feeds into CSA scores – until April 1.

CVSA to Take Phased-In Approach to ELD Mandate

The nation’s commercial vehicle enforcement officials say there’s no reason to delay the December start date for the electronic logging device mandate – but they will delay implementing out-of-service criteria related to ELDs until April 1, 2018.