FMCSA revokes ELDorado ELD from registry

A Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles officer checks the ELD data from a driver.
A Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles officer checks the ELD data from a driver.
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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has removed the ELDorado ELD from its list of registered devices. Motor carriers and drivers who use the ELDorado ELD have 60 days to replace the revoked devices with compliant ELDs, a list of which can be found here

The FMCSA cited "the company’s failure to meet the minimum requirements established in 49 CFR part 395, subpart B, appendix A" as cause for revocation. That particular guidance requires ELDs without a printer to be designed so that “the display may be reasonably viewed by an authorized safety official without entering the commercial motor vehicle.” 

Operators who use the now-revoked ELDorado ELD ERS model must stop using the device and "revert to paper logs or logging software to record required hours of service data" and replace the device with a compliant ELD before November 7, 2022, or 60 days after the announcement. 

The FMCSA said it would put the ELDorado device back on the registered list if the company "corrects all identified deficiencies," but that it "strongly encourages" carriers and operators to drop the device. Failure to do so could result in a violation of 49 CFR 395.8(a)(1) — “No record of duty status” – and drivers will be placed out-of-service in accordance with the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) OOS Criteria.

Until November 7, the FMCSA said safety officials are encouraged not to cite drivers using ELDorado ELD for 395.8(a)(1) – “No ELD” or 395.22(a) – “Failed to use a registered ELD,” and that safety officials may "request the driver’s paper logs, logging software, or use the ELDorado ELD display as a back-up method to review the hours of service data."

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