The FMCSA has reiterated that the ELD Mandate isn’t going anywhere. However, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), who is in charge of enforcing the mandate, is giving drivers a little more time to get on board. The ELD Mandate will still go into effect on December 18th, 2017. But the CVSA has allotted a small grace period in which they will issue citations but will not place vehicles out of service. This period will last until April 1, 2018.
“The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance supports moving forward with the compliance date as specified in the rule,” the group said in an Aug. 28 announcement. “However, setting an April 1, 2018 effective date for applying the ELD out-of-service criteria will provide the motor carrier industry, shippers and the roadside enforcement community with time to adjust to the new requirement before vehicles are placed out of service for ELD violations.”
Drivers can also continue to use a grandfathered automatic onboard recording device (AOBRD) until Dec. 16, 2019. Keep in mind that the AOBRD must meet the requirements of 49 C.F.R. 395.15. You can read their full statement here.
The letter comes after the CVSA Board of Directors, FMCSA and the motor carrier industry agreed that the phased-in approach to implementation of the ELD requirements will help promote a smoother transition to the new ELD requirement. They’ve taken this tactic in the past and have seen great results, so are hopeful this will be just as smooth.
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