FMCSA provides ELD update at CVSA Annual Conference

No intention of moving the date

Posted September 23, 2016

Bill Quade, Associate Administrator for Enforcement and Program Delivery, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), stated during a panel discussion on electronic logging devices that “FMCSA has no intention of moving the date” for the required implementation of electronic logging devices (ELDs) in commercial motor vehicles.

The statement was made in response to a question about whether there will be enough compliant ELDs available in time to meet the December 18, 2017, date. Motor carriers that have installed compliant automatic onboard recording devices (AOBRDs) in vehicles and require drivers to use them by that date will have until December 16, 2019, to upgrade or replace the unit with an ELD.

Quade, along with LaTonya Mimms, a Transportation Specialist in FMCSA’s Enforcement Division, were part of Monday morning’s (Sept. 19) panel discussion at Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) Annual Conference and Exhibition in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Another point brought up during the discussion centered around a determination that a manufacturer’s ELD is non-compliant with FMCSA’s ELD specifications. If such a determination is made, the carrier has eight days to obtain, and place into use, compliant ELDs.

FMCSA emphasized how important it is for carriers to exercise due diligence in their selection and implementation of ELDs. Basically, manufacturers go through a self-certification process to get placed on FMCSA’s registered ELD list. If it comes to FMCSA’s attention that a device on the list may, in fact, be non-compliant, FMCSA will do an investigation and make a determination.

FMCSA is developing roadside inspection technology and training for roadside officers, which is expected to be deployed several months ahead of the December 2017 date.

This article was written by Betty Weiland of J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc.

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