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ELD Mandate to be Phased-In Through April 2018

by Anna Mischke | Sep 15, 2017

DRIVERS NEWS 091517The ELD mandate will go into effect starting December 18th. The new rule moves forward full-steam ahead despite pushback from numerous opponents, drivers will have time to adapt to the new implementation; truckers will not be put out of service (OOS) until April, 2018 due to the ruling by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA).

Collin Mooney, executive director of the CVSA, shared a letter to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration deputy administrator, Daphne Jefferson. The letter stated that the association opposes delaying enforcement, the group hopes that the deferral will “ease the transition” and “help those motor carriers that have not prepared for the ELD requirement. While the delay aids in the changeover, Mooney makes it clear that “It is time to move forward with this regulation.” He added that “despite what opponents of the mandate may argue, the enforcement community is ready to begin enforcement of the requirements on December 18, 2017” and that “inspectors and roadside enforcement personnel will begin documenting violations on roadside inspection reports and, at the jurisdiction’s discretion, will issue citations to commercial motor vehicle drivers operating vehicles without a compliant ELD.” The CVSA also notes that “a motor carrier may continue to use a grandfathered automatic onboard recording device (AOBRD) no later than Dec. 16, 2019.”  

The FMCSA studies report that the utilization of ELDs reduce motor carriers’ crash rates by 1,844, saves 26 lives annually, and prevents 562 injuries along with hours-of-service violations and has cut back more than $1.6 billion in paperwork costs for motor carriers and law enforcement.

Starting April 1, 2018, inspectors will begin placing commercial drivers without an ELD out of service. 

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