What you need to know about the coming eLog deadline that takes effect on December 18, 2017.

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Welcome to the eLog Implementation Guide and Calculator!



Welcome to the eLog Implementation Guide and Calculator! The goal of this site is to provide you with the resources you need to effectively prepare for the December 18th eLog mandate deadline. Whether you are a driver or a trucking firm operator, the following modules will help equip you with the industry knowledge you need to progress in your transition to eLogs.

It’s been almost two years since the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiated the federal eLog mandate—a regulation requiring most commercial drivers to log hours of service via electronic logging devices (ELDs). Now, with the December deadline looming around the corner, it’s time for the final push toward eLog compliance.

For many carriers and drivers, the road ahead is still paved with uncertainty. How will eLog implementation affect my route logistics? What productivity losses should I expect? Where do I even begin with this transition?

In an effort to help answer these questions and clear the air surrounding the eLog mandate, John Christner Trucking has developed the following eLog Implementation Guide and Calculator. This resource provides useful information and tools to help you prepare for the December eLog compliance deadline, including:

  • Video modules featuring shared knowledge from industry experts
  • Background information on prominent issues surrounding the eLog mandate
  • Calculator to instantly see the total miles, driving time, and driving days that will be required to meet hours of service regulations

The video above features a welcome message from John Christner Trucking COO Danny Christner. Click play to get started and learn more about the resources you’ll find on this site.

December 18th—it’s a date everyone in the trucking industry is familiar with. By now, the reality has set in and trucking firms are in the process of adjusting operations to meet ELD compliance. However, the transition is one that has many drivers and trucking firms concerned, due to potential impacts on mileage production and overall operations.

The ELD federal mandate was proposed by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) in 2014. According to the FMCSA, the mandate was designed with the intention of increasing both road safety and reporting accuracy by requiring drivers to report hours of service via ELDs. As a result, the mandate holds drivers accountable to meet hours of service regulations, which include maximum driving hour limits and rest breaks.

The eLog method is also designed to make it more difficult to manually manipulate recorded hours of service, which means it will be easier to cite violations when driving regulations are not met. As a result, a route that used to take three days for one driver to complete (by driving for extended hours and adjusting paper log recordings) would take four days for a driver to complete when stopping for all required rest breaks.

Manual Log / Typical Distance

eLog Log / Adjusted Distance

While the ELD mandate applies to most carriers and drivers who are required to track and abide by hours of service, it does not apply to drivers who use paper logs eight days or fewer during a 30-day period, driveaway-towaway drivers, or drivers who operate vehicles manufactured prior to the year 2000.

The ELD mandate also holds provisions for the following:

  • Device compliance (device must be able to sync with the vehicle engine and transfer data to inspectors, must be able to automatically record hours of service)
  • Supporting documentation requirements (drivers must submit a maximum of eight supporting documents for each 24-hour on-duty period to their carrier no later than 13 days after receiving them)
  • Driver harassment (carriers cannot use ELD data to pressure a driver to drive when fatigued or follow actions that would result in an hours of service violation)

While these are the core issues you need to be aware of for the ELD mandate, additional details and resources can be found on the FMCSA website. Click on the next module (Section 1.3) to calculate the impact the ELD mandate will have on mileage production and route planning.



Under the federal ELD mandate, having the ability to accurately determine hours of service is now more important than ever to ensure optimal mileage production. The following calculator will help you achieve this important step in your route planning process by providing you with critical information on route logistics. Simply enter an origin and destination for a route to instantly see the total miles, driving time, and driving days that will be required to meet hours of service regulations.

Calculate Your Typical Route

Join four industry experts with over 50 years of combined experience as they discuss the important issues surrounding eLog implementation. Click the play button below to watch the round table discussion.

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eLog implementation is here—it’s a reality and it’s not going to disappear. Now is the critical time to ensure you have the information and resources needed to successfully transition to eLogs with minimal productivity loss.

John Christner Trucking is a trusted name in the industry when it comes to eLog implementation. With over 30 years of trucking experience—five of which have been as a fully-eLog compliant trucking firm—John Christner Trucking understands the unique challenges of eLog implementation. From device installation to operations optimization, John Christner Trucking has the direct experience and first-hand knowledge you need to successfully transition to eLogs.

We encourage you to reach out to us to discover how we can further share this knowledge with you and help your company succeed. We look forward to connecting with you!

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However, despite the changes and challenges posed by the ELD mandate, successful implementation is achievable and can positively impact long-term trucking operations. John Christner trucking has been eLog compliant since 2012—a process that required a full spectrum of challenges and productivity losses before fully reaping the benefits of being an eLog-compliant carrier.

According to John Christner Trucking’s COO Danny Christner, “It’s taken us a while, but through significant investments in software, training, and cultural refinement, our production and service are comparable to what they were with paper logs. It’s been a constant learning process, but our efforts have set us up for success well in advance of the December deadline and beyond.”

You can read the full story on John Christner Trucking’s eLog implementation by clicking the link below.

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