Ryder System is offering an eight-page “resource guide” regarding the basics of the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate available for download on its website – a guide that the company said answers some of the most commonly asked questions regarding the mandate, which goes into effect on December 18.

Key points highlighted within the guide include:

  • Every driver who uses paper logs or an automatic on-board recording device (AOBRD) will need to convert or upgrade to an ELD. Paper log users must comply with the rule by Dec. 18 this year, while AOBRD users have until Dec. 16, 2019, to comply.
  • Paper logs will continue to be required and must be maintained as a backup in case of ELD failure. However, record keeping with paper logs is allowed for no more than eight days in a 30-day period.
  • An ELD is required for interstate commercial motor vehicle drivers currently required to keep record of duty status (RODS), operate vehicles over 10,001 lbs. GVW, that are placarded to carry hazardous material loads, or that carry in excess of eight to 15 passengers depending on the vehicle class.
  • ELDS are NOT required for drivers who operate within a 100-air-mile radius, who may continue to use timecards or freight drivers who do not hold commercial driver licenses (CDLs) and who operate within a 150-air-mile radius. They are also not required on commercial vehicles manufactured before 2000 or for drive away/tow away drivers.