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FMCSA denies ELD exemption for small motor carriers

Group issuing request represented more than 8,000 members

Posted July 17, 2019

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) denied the application for an exemption from the electronic logging device (ELD) requirements for a group representing motor carriers with fewer than 50 employees.

FMCSA published an application for exemption from the Small Business in Transportation Coalition (SBTC) in June 2018 and requested public comment. SBTC is a nonprofit trade organization representing more than 8,000 members in the transportation industry. Many of the carriers in the coalition are one-person private and for-hire owner-operators of commercial motor vehicles used in interstate commerce.

SBTC’s application was denied by FMCSA because it was determined the application did not meet the regulatory standards for an exemption. In denying the exemption, FMCSA said the SBTC failed to “explain how you would ensure that you could achieve a level of safety that is equivalent to, or greater than, the level of safety that would be obtained by complying with the regulation.”

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