This year, FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) officially mandated the use of electronic driver logs for all businesses providing long-haul work. The program has been in the works since 2015 back when the program was being introduced and tested through voluntary use. At the end of 2017, all companies had to implement the program into their entire fleet.
“The electronic logging device (ELD) rule – congressionally mandated as a part of MAP-21 – is intended to help create a safer work environment for drivers, and make it easier and faster to accurately track, manage, and share records of duty status (RODS) data”
That being said, the program is only for trucks that go outside of a 100-mile radius of their establishment. As long as the work they are doing is local, they will continue to use paper logs.
Here at Wattrans Inc., we feel it is our duty to not only fulfill the mandated requirements set out by FMCSA but do it in a timely manner. We have already implemented the Omnitracs system into all of your trucks and have had the program since December.
We hope by using this program it can not only ensure the safety of our drivers but also the safety of the products we carry. The program helps drivers avoid going over their hours on a load and keeps them on track. A major concern in the trucking community is fatigue and going over hours.
For all of our future employees, we do ask that they are comfortable with using the Omnitracs program. If they are unsure about the program we do have tutorials posted on our “How To” page and we will also provide training on the program.