New ELD Ruling set for Dec. 2017


WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced the adoption of a Final Rule that will improve roadway safety by employing technology to strengthen commercial truck and bus drivers’ compliance with hours-of-service regulations that prevent fatigue.

“Since 1938, complex, on-duty/off-duty logs for truck and bus drivers were made with pencil and paper, virtually impossible to verify,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.  “This automated technology not only brings logging records into the modern age, it also allows roadside safety inspectors to unmask violations of federal law that put lives at risk.”

The Final Rule requiring the use of electronic logging devices (ELD) will result in an annual net benefit of more than $1 billion – largely by reducing the amount of required industry paperwork.  It will also increase the efficiency of roadside law enforcement personnel in reviewing driver records.  Strict protections are included that will protect commercial drivers from harassment.

On an annual average basis, the ELD Final Rule is estimated to save 26 lives and prevent 562 injuries resulting from crashes involving large commercial motor vehicles.

“This is a win for all motorists on our nation’s roadways,” said FMCSA Acting Administrator Scott Darling.  “Employing technology to ensure that commercial drivers comply with federal hours-of-service rules will prevent crashes and save lives.”

An ELD automatically records driving time.  It monitors engine hours, vehicle movement, miles driven, and location information.

Federal safety regulations limit the number of hours commercial drivers can be on-duty and still drive, as well as the number of hours spent driving.  These limitations are designed to prevent truck and bus drivers from becoming fatigued while driving, and require that drivers take a work break and have a sufficient off-duty rest period before returning to on-duty status.

The four main elements of the ELD Final Rule include:

Requiring commercial truck and bus drivers who currently use paper log books to maintain hours-of-service records to adopt ELDs within two years.  It is anticipated that approximately three million drivers will be impacted.
Strictly prohibiting commercial driver harassment.  The Final Rule provides both procedural and technical provisions designed to protect commercial truck and bus drivers from harassment resulting from information generated by ELDs.  [A separate FMCSA rulemaking further safeguards commercial drivers from being coerced to violate federal safety regulations and provides the agency with the authority to take enforcement actions not only against motor carriers, but also against shippers, receivers, and transportation intermediaries.]
Setting technology specifications detailing performance and design requirements for ELDs so that manufacturers are able to produce compliant devices and systems – and purchasers are enabled to make informed decisions.
Establishing new hours-of-service supporting document (shipping documents, fuel purchase receipts, etc.) requirements that will result in additional paperwork reductions.  In most cases, a motor carrier would not be required to retain supporting documents verifying on-duty driving time.
The ELD Final Rule permits the use of smart phones and other wireless devices as ELDs, so long as they satisfy technical specifications, are certified, and are listed on an FMCSA website.  Canadian- and Mexican-domiciled drivers will also be required to use ELDs when operating on U.S. roadways.

Motor carriers who have previously installed compliant Automatic On-Board Recording Devices may continue to use the devices for an additional two years beyond the compliance date.

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1 comment for “New ELD Ruling set for Dec. 2017

  1. March 4, 2016 at 11:39 am

    For those who think you are going to make a lot of money in the trucking world. These are the thing that well run thru your mine. Why am i going my ass off for a $1000 a week. well so you can not sleep, eat right worry about life past you by as you lost every thing in you life. More thing you well find out fast that you don’t have any rigths when you are a driver. At the boarder, DOT, MTO, police, state police. It well tell you it is all for your safety. In michigan If your tandem are out one hole they well 100 on the spot an the in the mail for anther 350 dollars. an then going ahead around your truck too see if they can find any thing else. They are changing to the hour agine an GPS tracking on it way. So i ask what every happen to the good drivers when you call all of use the same thing. I guest the USA people in power in goverment are starting to fear there own citizen cause they don’t want to lose there companys they run around the world. So take more an more from the people from around the world an starting to take more from there own people. What dos GPS mean for the truck driver well more time in the truck. Buying more food. less time with family. less money for his family. mess more moment with his kids. When we as truck drivers take a break we have to show it on our loges with GPS. with out it me can drive by the mile logeing. What dos that mean with GPS the drive is going to push tell he full sleep driven. He is going to drive tell he has a heart attack. He is going to drive other car off the road an not even know he did it. He is going to run him self off the road. Why cause he has to give food to some one he loves. But lawers don’t understand the trucking world so they keep testing this an that to see if it work at the life of the truck driver. I say the best control for the driver is anther driver we know what we do how to stay safe. an it is being a supertrucker. Money isn’t the problem it is the rules that a driver has to worry about.

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