E-Log Mandate for the Trucking Industry Takes Another Step Forward

The FMCSA’s e-log mandate took another step forward in the rulemaking process today. What requirements does the proposed rule demand of compliant electronic logging devices? And, what does the ELD mandate enforcement date look like now?

Let’s take a look at the details—and what it means for the trucking industry.

Who will be impacted by the e-log mandate — and when?

The FMCSA released the Supplement Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (SNPRM) for Electronic Logging Devices today, March 13, 2014.  THE SNPRM requires all drivers of commercial motor vehicles who file a Record of Duty Status (RODS) – approximately 3.1M trucks and 3.4M truck drivers – to use an ELD for recording Hours of Service.

That means EOBRs, which the FMCSA is now calling ELDs will be needed by 2017.

ELD / EOBR requirements

The SNPRM for EOBRs / ELDs includes a few critical items for consideration:

  • “Integral Synchronization” with a truck’s engine is required for trucks manufactured after 2000.  That means GPS or smartphone only solutions are not compliant with the regulation.
  • There is a limited “grandfather” clause for today’s compliance devices (ABORDs) lasting 2 years after the effective date of the rule (4 years from the publishing of the final rule)
  • Communication methods of data transfer to enforcement officers include wireless web services, Bluetooth 2.1, USB, email or printouts
  • There is a certification requirement for electronic logging device manufacturers, meaning your ELD vendor must register with the FMCSA and sign off that it meets technical and performance standards of the new rule.
  • The FMCSA limited the scope of the rule for truck drivers required to keep RODS. Drivers that fall under HOS exemption, such as short haul, are not required to have an ELD.

So what’s next for the proposed e-log mandate?

This is what the trucking industry can expect:

  • A comment period is established for 60 days from March 13, 2014
  • FMCSA may examine comments for 6-9 months
  • A final rule should be published around the 1st quarter of 2015
  • The final applies to all ROD carrying CMV drivers 2 years after the final rule
  • AOBRDs (systems compliant with today’s 395.15 rule) can be used 2 years after the publishing of the rule

Have questions about the e-log mandate?

Or, maybe about EOBR solutions that meet FMCSA required specs?

Electronic logging devices are our business, so, please, tell us how we can lend a hand.

We’ve worked with the FMCSA’s Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee and serve as the current Chair for the Technology and Maintenance Council Task Force of the ATA, helping to shape an e-log mandate that fits the needs of our clients and meets the requirements of the FMCSA.

We are working through the proposed e-log mandate today and will continue to update on how you can use this rule to your advantage.