The electronic logging device (ELD) final rule was published in the December 16, 2015, Federal Register.
Motor carriers have until December 18, 2017, to comply with the final rule, requiring the use of ELDs by interstate drivers of commercial motor vehicles who currently use a driver’s record of duty status to record their hours of service.
Motor carriers that install and require drivers to use automatic on-board recording devices (AOBRDs) according to the specifications in Section 395.15 may continue to use the AOBRD until December 16, 2019. The final rule requires motor carriers to install FMCSA-registered and certified ELDs that meet specific standards on their commercial motor vehicles.
The specific standards include mandating that the device be connected (“integrally synchronized”) to the engine of the vehicle so that driving time can be automatically recorded. Also, the devices must automatically capture date and time, vehicle position, and vehicle operational parameters.
All FMCSA-registered and certified ELDs will be listed on FMCSA’s website: www.fmcsa.dot.gov/devices. The agency expects to have the website available by mid-February.
The final rule also addresses supporting documents and driver harassment.