Federal guidelines require truck drivers to maintain a log of their activities in Virginia. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, a new rule for trucking logs effective for most truckers in December 2017 requires all logs to be electronically maintained. It is important to note that electronic logging devices are replacing old paper systems and automatic onboard recording devices, but the implementation date for AORDs is later than for paper systems.

The move to electronic logs is to help increase the efficiency and accuracy of the records. One of the biggest benefits of the electronic system is that it is an automatic system. The system will create a log on its own as the truck is started.

The FMCSA has put guidelines in place to ensure the new system is effective. These guidelines will help to ensure a standard system across the board that is secure. In addition, exceptions to the new rules are provided, along with specific information on who must conform to help take the guesswork out of it.

It is essential that drivers get prepared to use ELDs. Trucking Info notes that how companies handle the changeover to electronic logging will greatly affect the overall results. Companies will need to be ready for truckers who are not happy with the new rules or who fear a reduction in productivity and pay to leave the field. Employers need to make sure their truckers know what will change and how the changes will impact them to help make the transition smoother.