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Noncompliant ELD Trucks Won’t Be Placed Out of Service Until 2018

by Anna Mischke | Sep 01, 2017

Driver News 081017As the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate looms, more information surrounding the new regulation continues to emerge as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association (FMCSA) continues their countrywide tour, scheduled to continue until the first week of November. Once, implemented December 18th, commercial vehicle inspectors will cite motor carriers operating vehicles without ELDs- but will not place vehicles out of service until April 1st, 2018.

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) backs the original compliance date as ruled by the FMCSA, but aim to use a phased-in approach to provide time for shippers, the roadside community, and the motor carrier industry as a whole, time to adjust to meet the regulation and “ease the transition.” The CVSA shared with the FMCSA that “Despite what opponents of the mandate may argue, the enforcement community is ready to begin enforcement of the requirements on Dec. 18, 2017.”

The FMCSA’s studies show that the use of ELDs reduce motor carriers’ crash rates and hours-of-service violations and cut back more than $1.6 billion in paperwork costs for motor carriers and law enforcement. Still, the mandate requiring nearly all interstate carriers to shift to ELDs from paper logbooks faces derision from many drivers and carriers. Carriers using automatic onboard recording devices (AOBRDs) will be allowed to continue using them until December 2019 before a full transition to ELDs is required.

CVSA executive director, Collin Mooney, shared that during next year’s annual Roadcheck, ELDs will be “high on the list” for inspections and enforcement. A recent FleetOwner report discloses that 11% of fleets will remain non-compliant owing to the cost of ELDs and only 53.5% percent of polled fleets are prepared for the rule. 

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  1. Mark | Sep 07, 2017
    Lectronic logs do not make it no safer What will make it safe is be a way to pull over for our R2 and get on now in Catania moving on until your 14 hours is done then park somewhere I feel like that would make it much safer 

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