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Update: ELD Mandate Delayed; New Publication Date Set for Oct. 30

In the latest turn of events, the Department of Transportation released a report this week noting that the Final Rule to require truck operators to use ELDs has been delayed one month. The rule is now expected to be released on Oct. 26 and then published Oct. 30. As the rule is sitting with the White House Office of Management and Budget as part of the required approval process, we anticipate that this delay is related to the need to carefully review the rule given the complexity and implications of the mandate. The FMCSA’s corresponding prohibition of driver coercion rule, which is related to the mandate, is expected to follow the same schedule.

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Small Step Forward for ELD Mandate

In what many might consider only a small step forward, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has sent the proposed Final Rule mandating the use of Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) to track and manage driver hours of service to the Office of the Secretary of Transportation. While seemingly a minor development, this is actually further affirmation of the likelihood that the mandate will be published on September 30, as has been expected for some time. Given this news, fleets that haven’t previously embraced the news of the pending mandate would be wise to educate themselves on the requirements, timeline, and implications.

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ELD Mandate is Now with the OST

Anticipation is building as the FMCSA’s mandate on electronic logging devices (ELDs) inches forward. As of June 1, 2015, the regulation was sent to the Office of the Secretary.

After the Electronic Onboard Recorder (EOBR) mandate stalled, it’s easy to question whether the latest iteration will see the light of day, but all signs point toward publication later this year.

And, we’re here to keep you updated on the latest and greatest.

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The ELD Mandate – Are You Off the Hook?

In a recent blog post, we outlined the steps to determine if you are one of the 3.4 million estimated drivers affected by the impending Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate. It is equally important to understand what the Electronic Logging Devices mandate is if you are exempt. Let’s be clear: who doesn’t the ELD Mandate apply to? Drivers using Hours of Service (HOS) exemptions, like CDL short haul drivers operating within a 100 air mile radius or non-CDL drivers operating within a 150 mile radius, won’t be required to install an ELD. Remember if the requirements to meet Short Haul…

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No Joke: The ELD Mandate is Coming!

Like the story of the boy who cried wolf, many fleets wonder whether the recently released implementation date of September 2015 for the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate is “for real,” given the long history of stalled past attempts leading up to it. Understanding the rule’s history and evolution may shed light on why the ELD mandate has been such a laborious process – the FMCSA wants to get this right.   So, it’s time for a FMCSA refresher. This ruling, like all significant Department Of Transportation rules, is a multi-step process predicated on “one foot before the other.” The…

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