Today’s Pickup: ELD compliance rate continues creeping up

Good day,

With less than six weeks to go before the hard deadline of April 1, the ELD compliance rate has creeped up, according to CarrierLists, which has been tracking the rate over time.

The company says that its three-week moving average increased 3 points last week to 90%. The rate has hovered between 85% and 95% in the past three weeks after sitting near 80% at the Dec. 18, 2017, deadline.

“Regional fleets are still trailing longer haul fleets, but it seems the compliance gap is narrowing as we approach the final April 1st deadline,” the company said. “The impact on capacity is looking to be far from the worst-case scenario as we move within six weeks of the deadline. This isn’t to say capacity isn’t going to get worse as we head into peak shipping season.”

Bulk carriers remain a laggard among fleets with only about 65% saying they are compliant. Super regional and national fleets lead the way in the latest survey with 96% compliance with regional fleets at 84%.

CarrierLists surveyed 923 carriers in all for the survey.

Did you know?

According to Zipline Logistics, shipments traveling between 450 and 550 miles have increased from 1.05 transit days before the ELD mandate went into effect to 1.22 transit days since.


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Final Thoughts

The latest CarrierLists survey of ELD compliance shows a continuing trend of compliance, even among regional fleets which have lagged behind. If this continues, it’s possible the worst-case scenario of drivers being shut down due to non-compliance on April 1 may be less than feared.

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Brian Straight

Brian Straight covers general transportation news and leads the editorial team as Managing Editor. A journalism graduate of the University of Rhode Island, he has covered everything from a presidential election, to professional sports and Little League baseball, and for more than 10 years has covered trucking and logistics. Before joining FreightWaves, he was previously responsible for the editorial quality and production of Fleet Owner magazine and Brian lives in Connecticut with his wife and two kids and spends his time coaching his son’s baseball team, golfing with his daughter, and pursuing his never-ending quest to become a professional bowler.