Year of the ELD: A Timeline
The Dec. 18 phase-in of the mandate for electronic logging devices might be THE story in trucking of 2017 — and the mandate's effect will live into 2018 and well beyond.
Our stories ran the gamut ...
- Technology companies opened the floodgates on hardware and software to meet the mandate.
- Carriers debated the costs versus the benefits of ELDs.
- Stakeholders made predictions about the regulation's effect on the industry and its sectors.
- Drivers speculated about how they would adapt.
- Opponents unsuccessfully led efforts in Congress and elsewhere to delay the mandate.
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2017 YEAR IN REVIEW: Complete coverage, links to additional features
Here are highlights of TT's in-depth 2017 coverage of the ELD mandate, in words, pictures and video, in chronological order:
Dec. 14, 2016 — The "odyssey" actually began with our last LiveOnWeb program of 2016.
The truck maker launched its own aftermarket telematics device and e-logging application, joining the deluge of companies in 2017 that introduced tech to meet the mandate.
FMCSA leads a seminar on ELDs at MATS. (John Sommers II for Transport Topics)
Owner-operators and small trucking companies led the ultimately unsuccessful push to delay the ELD mandate. The High Court turned away OOIDA's bid.
The mandate forced a lot of companies to take a close look at how ELDs would affect the bottom line. This OEM had concerns about the devices' impact on truck production and valuation and fleet maintenance.
Aug. 17 — ELD Mandate on Track, Spear Says
American Trucking Associations favors ELDs and their implementation, and the federation's leader led the call for an end of opposition to the mandate:
It’s been litigated, it’s been debated, it’s been regulated. It will be the force and effect of law.
ATA President Chris Spear
Aug. 21 — Training Can Ease Transition to ELDs
Aug. 21 — Dawn of the ELD Era
The arrival of the mandate was widely expected to create significant ripple effects across the supply chain. Freight execs and shippers detail their efforts to adapt.
Commercial vehicle inspectors will have their hands full with the enforcement load, so they decided on a stepped approach of ticketing violators starting Dec. 18 but not placing any out of service until April 1.
Where there were fears of the adverse impact of ELDs, experts predicted their implementation will trickle down to the benefit of intermodal.
Oct. 21 — Industry Prepares for Transition to ELDs
A fleet executive, a federal regulator and a law enforcement leader discuss final preparations for the ELD mandate.
Truckers meet with lawmakers on the parking shortage — a nationwide problem as well as in Washington state. They expected the ELD mandate to add pressure to the parking crush.