What are the implications of ELD mandate violations?


The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) mandated the use of Electronic Logging Device (ELD) for the fleet industry. Failing to adhere to the timelines will attract hefty fines but what are the other implications of ELD mandate violations, every trucker must know.

During the soft enforcement period, ELD violations did not affect CSA scores. But the full enforcement period of the FMCSA’s ELD mandate not only affects overall CSA score, can end the driver’s service period or put your entire fleet into jeopardy. We are sure you don’t wish to find yourself in such an adverse situation.

We are here to find a solution for you. We will explain to you in-depth the implications of ELD violations and how you can save yourself from the unnecessary hassle.

Affects your CSA scores:

  • As per FMCSA guidelines, “a failure to provide supporting documents in the driver’s possession upon request” carries the most violation points. It’s 7 out of 10.
  • Failing to maintain an ELD user manual can attract 1 violation point
  • No record of duty status can attract 5 violation points
  • ELD display screen cannot be viewed outside of the vehicle can attract 5 violation points
  • Bad CSA score may attract more roadside inspections and affects business opportunities for your fleet

Drivers placed out-of-service:

If a non-exempt driver does not have a working ELD the authorities can put him/her out-of-service for at least 10 hours. If the driver is still using paper logs, they won’t be allowed to reach their destination and only deliver the goods after their 10 hours of the out-of-service period is over. If the driver is caught without ELD repeatedly, it can put both the driver and fleet into jeopardy and may attract further enforcement actions.

Hefty fines:

As per the estimate, when a driver is out-of-service each day he/she loses around $260 or more. Moreover, if the driver gets an out-of-service order the authorities are likely to tow away the vehicle, which will again cost up to $350. As per the FMCSA mandate, fines for ELD violations is between $1,000-$10,000. As per the North American Transportation Association, if no record of duty status is found then it can attract fines up to $2,867.

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If you’re interested in learning more please, call 1-905-362-1716 or e-mail us at sales@txtesolutions.com. TXT offers a 24/7 multi-language technical support team that is always available to help you.

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