ELDs and other news from CVSA Annual Conference in Whitehorse

ELDs was the No. 1 topic at general session and committee meetings

Posted September 26, 2017

ELDs (electronic logging devices) were touched on several times during last week’s Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) 2017 annual conference in Whitehorse, Yukon. The first point Jack Van Steenburg, Chief Safety Officer and Assistant Administrator for FMCSA, made during his presentation at the general session was that the ELD implementation date is here! Canada’s Compliance and Regulatory Affairs (CRA) update also began with a report that its ELD draft is complete and will be published in Canada’s Gazette I soon. FMCSA’s plans for training include train-the-trainer sessions and webinars. Webinars will be recorded and made available on its public website.

The top item for the Driver-Traffic Enforcement Committee was reviewing and updating the Inspection Bulletin on automatic on-board recording devices (AOBRDs) and ELDs. The Out-of-Service Criteria for AOBRDs and ELDs was also up for some tweaking. Canada reported that, along with its ELD proposal, it will be proposing a number of adjustments to its hours-of-service regulations.

Other regulatory issues getting attention and generating discussion included safety technologies, automated vehicles, brake violations and training, CSA’s Safety Management System (SMS), crashes, and crash preventability. CVSA plans to create a new standing committee on crash standards and analysis.

CVSA also shared that it will be receiving a $1 million grant from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) for training.

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

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