Beginning today, December 18, 2017, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will begin documenting electronic logging device (ELD) violations in accordance with congressionally mandated compliance standards. Enforcement personnel will now inspect driving reports to ensure drivers are driving within the compliance standards of the ELD. If there is an issue, drivers can be cited.
ELD COMPLIANCE DATE IS DECEMBER 18.
— FMCSA (@FMCSA) December 11, 2017
CVSA Executive Director Collin Mooney said, “Today, jurisdictions around the country are implementing the ELD requirement. Enforcement personnel has been trained in anticipation of the ELD rule and now that it is in effect, inspectors will be verifying hours-of-service compliance by reviewing records of duty status requirements electronically.”
Truck Drivers Won’t Be Placed Out Of Service For ELD Violations Until April
Commercial motor vehicle drivers have until April 1, 2018, to comply with the ELD mandate or they will be placed out of service. The ELD mandate does not change any hours of service requirements, but it does change the manner in which they are recorded and monitored. The CVSA reported that drivers may continue to use an automatic recording device (AOBRD) until December 2019. An AOBRD is an automatic onboarding recording device that connects to a vehicle’s engine to record hours of service; whereas, ELDs are electronic logging device that connects to a CMVs electronic control module (ECM).
AOBRDs are similar to ELDs in that they record driving data; however, ELDS record more and detailed information. For more information about the ELD mandate, click here. Thousands of truck drivers from all across America took part in protests against the FMCSA’s Electronic Logging Device Mandate on December 4, 2017.
Drivers came out in force to ask lawmakers to do something — anything — to stop or even just delay the ELD Mandate. The protests gained national attention from the news media, with dozens of local news stations coming out to talk to drivers and to take photos and videos of the protests.
— Kristen Kennedy (@kristenontv) December 4, 2017
Thousands truck drivers in at least 40 different locations participated in those protest activities.