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Preparing for compliance with the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) Mandate
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced on March 12, 2014 a Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (SNPRM) to mandate electronic logging devices. The rule’s effective date and publication date in the Federal Register have been announced and the rule will be effective December 18, 2017. The development of the Electronic Logging Device mandate is part of the transportation reauthorization bill MAP-21 (“Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century”) that was signed into law in 2012.
This new law includes a number of provisions intended to help reduce crashes, injuries and fatalities involving large trucks and buses by holding motor carriers and drivers to the highest safety standards while removing the highest risk drivers, vehicles, and carriers from the roads.
Determining if your fleet is affected by the mandate
The mandate will apply to all drivers who are currently required to keep paper Records of Duty Status (RODS). Drivers who are required to keep RODS in eight or more days out of every 30 days must use an ELD. While drivers that fall under the HOS exemption (i.e. short-haul drivers operating within a 100-mile radius or non-CDL drivers operating within a 150-mile radius) are not required to have an ELD, the mandate is estimated to affect approximately 3.1M trucks and 3.4M drivers according to the FMCSA.
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