ELD Mandate Clears the Office of Management and Budget

The ELD mandate (or, electronic logging device mandate) cleared a significant hurdle today. It passed out of the White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB)—bringing the FMCSA one step closer to getting the Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking out to the public for comment—a required step in the rulemaking process.

So, to break down the EOBR / ELD mandate process so far:

  • The road to the ELD mandate began when Congress passed MAP-21 in June 2012.
  • The president signed MAP-21 shortly thereafter, requiring the FMCSA to write a rule requiring use of electronic logging devices, or EOBRs, for all drivers that keep a Record Of Duty Status—about 3.1 million trucks and 3.4 million drivers today.
  • The FMCSA developed a Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking  (SNPRM) that was sent to the Office of the Secretary, who approved it and sent it back to the FMCSA in July 2013.
  • From there, the rule moved over to OMB, where it cleared today, March 12, 2014.
  • The FMCSA will keep the rule for the next two weeks, eventually publishing the SNPRM for public comment.
  • A comment period will then take place, published as 60 days, giving anyone a chance to add their feedback.
  • The FMCSA will take those public comments and revise the rule, a process that can take between six and nine months.
  • According to these time frames, we can estimate a final rule to be published in the first calendar quarter of 2015.
  • Based on MAP-21 requirements, fleets will have two years to comply with these rules—meaning you will be required to implement an EOBR for an Electronic Logging Device by January 2017 at the latest.

Have questions about the ELD mandate or available EOBR solutions?

We can help.

XRS has worked with the FMCSA’s Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee and serves as the current Chair for the Technology and Maintenance Council Task Force of the ATA, helping to shape an ELD mandate that fits the needs of our clients and meets the requirements of the FMCSA.

While we now have an ELD mandate compliance deadline looming in the future–we find fleets are benefitting today in a number of important ways by taking advantage of the trucking intelligence EOBRs offer.

Please contact XRS to understand where we may be able to help.