ELD final rule has left OMB

Final step before publication

Posted November 17, 2015

The long-awaited electronic logging device (ELD) final rule has been released by the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB). OMB approval is the last step before the final rule is published in the Federal Register.

The final rule is expected to mandate use of ELDs by interstate drivers of commercial motor vehicles who currently use a driver’s record of duty status (driver’s log) to record their hours of service.

In its proposed rulemaking, published March 28, 2014, FMCSA stated that it would require motor carriers to select an ELD system that connects to the engine of a commercial motor vehicle so driving time can be automatically recorded. Installation would be required within two years of the final rule’s effective date. 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.

Earlier this week, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration listed November 30, 2015, as its projected date of publication in the Federal Register.

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