Electronic Logging Devices and Hours of Service Supporting Documents Frequently Asked Questions

March 8, 2017 02:53 PM
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Motor carriers and drivers subject to the Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) and Hours of Service Supporting Documents rule must start using ELDs by the compliance date of December 18, 2017.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has prepared a 21-page booklet answering the most “Frequently Asked Questions”. To download the booklet, click here.

Registered ELDs
You may view a list of Electronic Logging Devices registered by clicking here. It is important to note these devices are NOT CERTIFIED BY FMCSA, but rather self-certified by the manufacturer. Over 30 manufacturers are now registered.   

Timing
If you have not done so yet, it is likely important that you begin your evaluation process soon and select a device by mid-summer. Current ELD users advise it can take up to six-months to train drivers and phase-in the devices to your operation.

Extension       
Representatives from FMCSA have stated there will be no extensions.  

Many companies have been closely watching the Owners-Operators Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) case. OOIDA was recently denied a rehearing of a court decision regarding their lawsuit requiring all commercial vehicles be equipped with electronic logging devices.

OOIDA had filed a petition to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit for a rehearing of their case against the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. A three-judge panel on the appeals court ruled against the association in October last year on its lawsuit against the FMCSA. 

OOIDA has indicated the association is preparing for the next phase of the challenge with an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The U. S. Supreme Court receives approximately 7,000 requests to hear cases annually; selecting around 80 cases to hear.

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