Expectations of the Truckers and Authorities on the ELD Mandate


By December. 18, states and the federal truck observance partners will start giving violations, citations and occasional fines. These fines will be in reference to the electronic logging mandate who haven’t installed ELD’s for e-logs.

You cannot even think that how many truckers are not ready for this mandate. There was a poll conducted by a leading online publication in mid-November. According to that about one third of the truckers are not prepared for this mandate. Many of them are not aware of how to deal with this situation in future.

There is another leading online publication who also conducted similar kind of polling who surveyed around 2000 small fleets that operate 1 to 70 trucks. You will be amazed to know the result that approximately 60 percent of the truck fleets were not ELD-compliant. There were some other surveys conducted by other organizations which depicted almost the same results.

During these surveys many of the truckers says that they are ready for the consequences of the non compliance till the late March. April 1 is the date when Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance will take some serious action for non compliance of using ELDs.

In the recent weeks, FMCSA relieved agricultural haulers and has an intent for 90-day enforcement delay in ELD mandate, including but not restricted to livestock carriers. And FMCSA also signaled around the same time that ELD-related infractions prior to April one particular would not be followed by severity weights to count toward carriers’ Safety, Compliance and Accountability system scores.

There is a common concern in many truckers’ minds hat how lenient inspectors might be in the first heading. Well this is very likely to differ considerably from officer to officer and jurisdiction to jurisdiction. However, most federal and state law enforcement associates are aware of the special cases that come up on the road. Some of them admit a standard of reasonableness will be encouraged in situations that unavoidably force truck drivers into violation.

And since many have remarked, the practices used with automatic onboard recording devices (AOBRDs, ELDs’ regulatory predecessors) will carry well into Stage 3 of the ELD rule’s implementation. What that means is likely to be heavy dependence by officers on critiquing hours of service information on the display of the devices themselves.Sometimes obtaining a printout from the device or a message or mail direct to the officer.

CVSA executive director, Colin Mooney explained what is being delayed until April 1. “It’s not uncommon for government and the enforcement community to take a phased-in enforcement process” for the implementation of a major rule. He added, supporting the CVSA board’s vote in delay of implementation of its ELD (Electronic Logging Devices) out-of-service criteria to April 1.

This is what the truckers and the authorities have to say about the ELD mandate and more information will be shared if any update is there in the context of this mandate.