Rule to require electronic logging devices expected to proceed this month

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XRS in-vehicle EOBR moduleA federal rule to mandate the use of electronic logging devices by truck operators is scheduled to make its next move toward implementation this month, according to a recent report issued by the Department of Transportation.

The DOT’s monthly regulatory update for July forecasts the rule to be sent from the DOT’s Office of the Secretary to the White House’s Office of Management and Budget — the last stop before its publication in the Federal Register — on July 21, next week.

Once it reaches the OMB, it legally has 90 days to move the rule forward or send it back to the DOT, though the proposed electronic logging device mandate published last year stayed with the OMB much longer.

The publication date for the rule, which is the final version of the ELD mandate, is still forecasted for Sept. 30.

The regulations within the rule will take effect two years following its publication, meaning it likely will take effect in late 2017.

The rule will mandate the use of electronic logging devices by truck operators who are required to keep records of duty status. FMCSA published a proposed e-log rule last March. Click here to read Overdrive’s coverage of the proposed rule.

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