No ELD rule for Halloween

Regulation still under review at White House

Posted October 30, 2015

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has long been predicting an October 30th publication date for its electronic logging device (ELD) rule, but that forecast has turned out to be incorrect.

As of October 29, 2015, the long-anticipated rule was still undergoing review by the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB), making publication before Halloween impossible. The FMCSA expected the OMB’s review to take up to 90 days, a milestone that was reached on October 28th. Once the OMB approves the rule, the FMCSA will be able to publish it soon after and put it into effect.

The ELD rule will require most interstate commercial truck and bus drivers to begin using electronic recorders instead of paper logs to track their hours of work. Most drivers who currently complete paper logs will need to switch to ELDs within two years after the rule’s effective date, although exceptions will likely be granted for certain short-haul and intermittent drivers. Drivers who currently use a compliant electronic logging system are expected to have four years to make sure their devices comply with the new ELD standards.


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