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Enforcers ready for e-log deadline, but OOS orders delayed

ELD OOSC to be applied April 1, 2018

Posted August 30, 2017

The compliance date for the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate will be enforced by roadside inspectors effective December 18, 2017, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) communicated in a recent letter to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). However, CVSA will use a phased-in approach in regard to its out-of-service criteria (OOSC) for the ELD mandate.

In its letter to the agency, CVSA stated April 1, 2018, is the deadline to begin applying the OOSC associated with the ELD rules. This will allow an adjustment period for the motor carrier industry, shippers, and the roadside enforcement community before vehicles are placed out of service for ELD violations.

The delayed ELD OOSC does not mean that motor carriers will get a pass on the mandate or other hours-of-service (HOS) violations. ELD violations will be noted on roadside inspection reports, and the potential for fines and penalties still exists. In addition, drivers may be placed out of service for other HOS OOS violations.

Note that any ELD violation appearing on a roadside inspection report – even those issued before April 2018 – will be used by FMCSA in its calculation of a motor carrier’s hours-of-service score under the CSA program.

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