The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance has announced that enforcement officials will give carriers a break on giving Out of Service orders for electronic logging device (ELD) violations until April of 2018.
For commercial drivers required to keep track of their hours of service (HOS) and record of duty status, enforcement officers will be looking to see that drivers have proper logs and are in compliance with HOS requirements. From Dec. 18, 2017 through April 1, 2018, drivers who aren't using an ELD but have paper logs in order will receive a citation but won't be placed out of service.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced that carriers without ELDs after the implementation date won’t incur points against their CSA (compliance, safety, accountability) scores until April 1, 2018. However, drivers out of compliance before the April 1 cutoff will be cited and possibly fined, according to the FMCSA.
In our sister publication Nursery Management's January cover story, “Time out: New trucking regs may create more wait time for deliveries, lowering profit margins for everyone in the supply chain,” John Torsiello discussed how the ELD regulations may affect the green industry.
The device connects to a vehicle’s engine and automatically records driving hours. Required use of ELDs began Dec. 18, 2017.
Prior to purchasing an ELD, motor carriers and drivers should confirm with the ELD provider/manufacturer that the device is certified and registered with FMCSA. A list of certified and registered devices and the names and contact information of the manufacturers are listed here.
Work is underway to include horticulture producers in the agricultural exemption. FMCSA granted a 90-day waiver exempting agricultural product transporters from having to use ELDs, beginning Dec. 18 when the mandate when into effect. During that 90-day waiver period, FMCSA plans to publish additional guidance on agricultural haulers' use of ELDs and receive public comments. Current HOS rules allow agricultural commodities to be transported within a 150-air-mile radius of their source exempt from HOS requirements.
AmericanHort submitted official comments to the FMCSA on Jan. 18, advocating for nursery, greenhouse, and Christmas tree farmers to be explicitly included in the agricultural exemption from the ELD mandate. FMCSA is an agency within the Department of Transportation that regulates the trucking industry in the U.S.