ELD rule could be approved this week

FMCSA projecting November 30 publication date

Posted November 17, 2015

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is now projecting that the long-awaited electronic logging device (ELD) rule will clear the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) by November 20, 2015, and be published 10 days later.

Approval from the White House’s OMB is the final hurdle before new regulations can be published and put into effect. Approval of the ELD rule has been pending since July.

The ELD rule is expected to 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 are expected 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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