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Driver issuesNewsTrucking Regulation

CVSA confirms hard enforcement of ELD transition

Taking its cue from federal regulators, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) confirmed it will begin fully enforcing the electronic logging device (ELD) rule on Dec. 17, with no “soft enforcement” grace period.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) previously has stated there will be no grace period allowed for carriers that have been allowed to “grandfather in” to the ELD mandate — which went into effect on Dec. 18, 2017 — by having purchased and installed an automatic onboard recording device (AOBRD) before that date.

While FMCSA allowed for a three-month grace period – until April 1, 2018 – before it began placing trucks out of service for not having ELDs, CVSA inspectors will be providing no such leniency for the grandfathered AOBRD-ELD transition, the agency stated on Dec. 2.

“If a commercial motor vehicle driver is required to have an ELD and the vehicle is not equipped with a registered compliant ELD, the driver is considered to have no record-of-duty status,” CVSA stated. This also will apply to drivers still using an AOBRD after the Dec. 17 deadline.

CVSA, which is tasked with enforcing FMCSA regulations through roadside inspections, pointed out that according to the North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria, “a property-carrying driver who does not have a record of duty status in his or her possession when one is required will be declared out of service for 10 hours and a passenger-carrying driver without a record-of-duty status when one is required will be placed out of service for eight hours.”

FMCSA mandated ELDs to make it easier to track, manage and share record-of-duty status as well as to improve highway safety and reduce crashes. The agency found that trucks equipped with ELDs had a 53% lower driving-related HOS violation risk and a 49% lower non-driving-related HOS violation risk than non-equipped trucks.

Unlike smaller fleets and independent owner-operators that made up the bulk of those buying ELDs to meet the 2017-18 deadlines, those grandfathering in to the rule have been predominantly large trucking companies that typically operate an average of 50 to 100 trucks.

According to the most recent FreightWaves survey, in partnership with CarrierLists and EROAD, only about 2% of carriers are still running AOBRDs ahead of the Dec. 17 deadline. This number has stayed the same the past several weeks, as revealed in prior surveys, signaling that most of the holdouts will wait until the last minute to make the switch.

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John Gallagher, Washington Correspondent

Based in Washington, D.C., John specializes in regulation and legislation affecting all sectors of freight transportation. He has covered rail, trucking and maritime issues since 1993 for a variety of publications based in the U.S. and the U.K. John began business reporting in 1993 at Broadcasting & Cable Magazine. He graduated from Florida State University majoring in English and business.

43 Comments

  1. The so called fmcsa does not know anything about trucking with elds because drivers have to drive like maniacs to try to make a living and a lot of accidents trying to beat the clock hopefully not get a speeding ticket. Fmcsa people are very dumb about trucks and how they operate and they probably have never been in a truck. I wish that I was over transportation for the American truckers. May you truckers ride with pride and God bless you all.

    1. We need to fix parking and shipping and delivery detention pay and time. If we did that and set detention pay at $47.00u s or $60.00 cd after 15 minutes like some the container companies. In Canada certainl companies hauling milk and eggs from farmers in Ont and certain construction projects get overtime and a prevailing wage rate. These companies do not have E-logs plus have much better safety records. The A T A needs to clamp down on their members who push drivers on E-logs to drive too fast in bad weather. I was staying in a homeless shelter in New York City and seen several people hit by transport trucks and their medical bills were not paid by ace insurance company and they had lost everything.

  2. “as well as to improve highway safety and reduce crashes”. ELDs took place of paper logs, lets no confuse compliance with safety. Having a driver drive when sleepy but has hours isn’t safer. Seems to be a stupid statement, if anything it increases crashes (racing the clock) and definitely doesn’t improve safety! Driver should be in control of himself not some black box.

    1. Damn right I’m sick of them talk about safety when we know it has nothing to do with safety its about less money in the driver pockets and more money in there’s ELD can kiss my azz

  3. I’ve been driving for 16+ years now accident free an fortunate enough to driver older trucks or Agricultue trucks not required to use ELDs for the past 2 years. However, For the past 6 months I’ve been running a ELD with a dry van and I have never felt more at DANGER to the motoring public. The ELD forces us to drive when we shouldn’t be driving like in Rush Hour Traffic, it causes us to race the clock. The National Highway Safety Administration has come out an said the ELDs are not safer causing more than 2 deaths per day each and every day in the past year of implementing this program for CMV drivers. That is a 30 year high. The shippers and receivers dont care that we have these they still take hours upon hours to load or unload us. I am currently bulding me a older truck so I can go back to paper. We are Professionals leave us alone and let us go back to paper. My eld hasnt been checked in 6 months to see if Im logging or not. It all boils down to they dont want to train officers to do their job properly and figure a paperlog. When freight stops getting delivered or a officer gets killed by a eld truck they will change their minds about this ignorant law.

  4. It is not safer using ELD logs every driver is always racing everywhere to make time it’s causing more accidents its not safe on the highway’s or walking across the parking lot at truck stops some drivers enter speeding to get fuel or take a break because they are running out of time and parking is another problem

  5. Sometimes I feel like tge asses at fmcsa and cvsa treat us and the industry like Donald trump after the stupid ass eld enforcement kicks in the idiots will find something else to pick at the solution ladies and gentlemen is to stop when there’s no bread milk gas tooth paste toilet paper they’ll quit there bull shit

  6. These ELD’s are just plain wrong mane. Bout to start hauling with my Silverado, if it would start. Dagnabbit i’ve been on road for 15 years and its the hardest time to make any coin. My partner Darlene has started to drive with me just so we can make deliveries on time. Gets me all sorts of fired up. Madder than a hornet in a coke can. ELD’s are the devil!

      1. SIR, SIR, calm down.. That’s my sweet potato. Only thing that means more to me than Darlene is my Suzuki KingQuad 500 with a Quadmatic transmission and a plush T-shaped seat

  7. What they should do is build more rest areas especially for trukers, were we can fill like home, to relax when we are tired, but what they’re doing is closing some rest areas forcing drivers to drive more, because there’s no place to park not even at the truck stop.

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