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FMCSA proposes rule mandating electronic logging devices

| March 13, 2014
The final rule will likely be published later this year, thereby making the use of ELDs required at a date in the latter half of 2016.

The final rule will likely be published later this year, thereby making the use of ELDs required at a date in the latter half of 2016.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has officially announced the next iteration of a rule that will require the use of electronic logging devices (also known as electronic onboard recorders) for all drivers required to keep records of duty status.

The agency announced the rule publicly March 13, though its effective date and publication date in the Federal Register still are unknown. 

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Logging device mandate could come in 2016, outlines hardware spec’s, harassment provisions

The rule addresses driver harassment protections, hardware specifications and hours of service-related supporting documents.

The rule has four basic parts: (1) The requirement to use ELDs, (2) Protections against driver harassment (3) Hardware specifications for the devices and (4) the hours-of-service related supporting documents drivers must continue to carry after the mandate.

The compliance date for the mandate will be two years after the final rule is published, which will come after a 60-day public comment period on the proposed rule announced March 12 and agency consideration of those comments.

The final rule will likely be published later this year, thereby making the use of ELDs required likely by the second half of 2016. 

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  • Michael Gowan

    I worked for Continental Express for two and a half weeks and brought home $500 for the first 2. I was on an elog. What’s aggravating is I would drive an hour or so to get loaded/ unloaded then sit there 7 hours. After that was told to leave, so there goes splitting sleeper. Now I’ve got 4 hours driving to go 600 to make next appointment 12 hours from now. That’s why I don’t like elogs.

  • Michael Gowan

    Not likely , unless you call broker and request a com check

  • THOMAS

    WITH THE MANDATES REQUIRING ALL TRUCK TO USE E-LOGS. THEY FORGOT TO THINK ABOUT ALL THE LITTLE OUTFITS WHO ARE TOO SMALL TO UTILIZE THE E-LOG OR THE OWNER/OPERATORS. OR THE LTL COMPANIES LIKE CONWAY, FED-EX, UPS, SAIA, ROADWAY, R&L CARRIERS, AND SUCH. A MILLION DRIVERS OUT OF WORK AND COMPANIES SHUT DOWN. DID THEY THINK ABOUT THE UPRISING OF UNEMPLOYMENT???? NO!!!! THIS MANDATE AND SHIT WAS WRITTEN UP AND PREPOSED BY BIG COMPANIES LIKE SWIFT, PRIME, SCHNEIDER, WERNER, JB HUNT, AND THEM AS A WAY TO GET MORE FREIGHT AND DOMINATE THE TRUCKING INDUSTRY!!

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