ELD Mandate

FMCSA Publishes 90-day ELD Waiver for Short-Term Rental Trucks

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published in the Federal Register the waiver the Truck Renting and Leasing Association requested for short-term rental trucks. This 90-day waiver from the electronic logging device mandate runs from Jan. 19, 2018, until April 19, 2018.
While TRALA was told by the agency Dec. 12 that this waiver was coming, TRALA had been waiting for the FMCSA to formally post it in the Federal Register. This way any driver of a short-term rental truck can simply print out a copy of the notice and carry it in their cab during this time frame, according to TRALA.

With the ELD mandate going in to effect on Dec. 18, 2017, TRALA says many enforcement officers have been unaware of the waiver being granted for rental trucks, which had created confusion for several TRALA members. With the waiver posted in the Federal Register, TRALA expects the inspection process to be much simpler for users of rental trucks.
The 90-day waiver will allow trucks rented for 30 days or less to use paper logs to record their hours of service and allow those providing the rental or lease trucks more time to equip trucks with ELDs. This 90-day waiver can only be issued once. After it expires, TRALA notes, rental customers will still be able to rely on the eight-day exemption from the ELD mandate for rental trucks that TRALA received late last year, which runs for five years.
There are several requirements within the 90-day waiver that must be followed in order to benefit from this exemption.  They include:
1. The waiver will expire on April 19, 2018.
2. The exemption covers rental of any property-carrying vehicle for a period of 30 days or less. Evidence that a carrier […]

By |January 24th, 2018|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry, Truck Rental|Comments Off on FMCSA Publishes 90-day ELD Waiver for Short-Term Rental Trucks

TRALA Granted 90-Day Waiver from ELD Mandate for Short-Term Rental Trucks

Today the Truck Renting and Leasing Association (TRALA) was notified by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) that they have granted TRALA’s request for a 90-Day waiver from the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) Mandate for short-term rental trucks (defined as 30 days or less). This decision will give all TRALA members until March 18, 2018 to take the necessary steps to get their trucks in compliance with the mandate as well as work with their customers to make the transition to ELDs as seamless as possible.
The ELD rule requires that nearly all drivers must use an ELD to record their hours-of-service requirements beginning on December 18, 2017. Though certain exemptions were given in the original rule, the FMCSA did not grant an exemption for all short-term rental trucks despite the myriad of issues that specifically would impact the rental industry and were cited by TRALA in its formal comments to the rule. After the rule was released, TRALA submitted a petition requesting a 5 year exemption from the ELD Mandate for trucks rented for 30 days or less. After the public comment period – during which over 300 comments were submitted in support of TRALAs exemption while less than 10 were opposed – and after nearly 6 months of deliberations, on October 24, 2017 the FMCSA granted a partial exemption to TRALA for rental trucks, but for only 8 days rather than the 30 days TRALA had requested.
Despite receiving a partial exemption, TRALA felt that FMCSA had not left TRALA members enough time to properly equip their fleet, and determine how to operate their rental fleets in compliance with the ELD mandate. TRALA continued to discuss further options with FMCSA to help ease the burden on the […]

By |December 12th, 2017|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry, Truck Rental|Comments Off on TRALA Granted 90-Day Waiver from ELD Mandate for Short-Term Rental Trucks

CVSA Prepares for December 2017 ELD Implementation

CVSA Commits to Phased-In ELD Enforcement Process
AUGUST 28, 2017

Source: CVSA

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) will begin enforcing the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate requirements on Dec. 18, 2017. The out-of-service criteria (OOSC) associated with the ELD mandate will go into effect on April 1, 2018.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) congressionally mandated ELD compliance deadline is still set for Dec. 18, 2017. On that date, inspectors and roadside enforcement personnel will begin documenting violations on roadside inspection reports and, at the jurisdiction’s discretion, will issue citations to commercial motor vehicle drivers operating vehicles without a compliant ELD. Beginning April 1, 2018, inspectors will start placing commercial motor vehicle drivers out of service if their vehicle is not equipped with the required device. Please note, a motor carrier may continue to use a grandfathered automatic onboard recording device (AOBRD) no later than Dec. 16, 2019. The AOBRD must meet the requirements of 49 C.F.R. 395.15.

This announcement does not impact enforcement of the OOSC for other hours-of-service violations.

CVSA supports moving forward with the compliance date as specified in the rule. However, setting an April 1, 2018, effective date for applying the ELD OOSC 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.

CVSA member jurisdictions have used this phased-in approach in the past when implementing a significant change in regulatory requirements. The CVSA Board of Directors, in consultation with FMCSA and the motor carrier industry, agreed that the phased-in approach to implementation of the ELD requirements outlined in the North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria will help promote a smoother transition to the new ELD requirement.

A letter was sent to FMCSA notifying the agency […]

By |August 28th, 2017|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry, Safety & Compliance|Comments Off on CVSA Prepares for December 2017 ELD Implementation

What You Need To Know About The ELD Rule

Information on the ELD Mandate
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published final ruling requiring commercial motor vehicles involved in interstate commerce to start using ELDs (electronic logging devices) when operated by drivers who are required to keep records of duty status (RODS).
The ELD Rule:

Requires ELD use by commercial drivers who are required to prepare hours-of-service (HOS) records of duty status (RODS).
Sets ELD performance and design standards, and requires ELDs to be certified and registered with FMCSA.
Establishes what supporting documents drivers and carriers are required to keep.
Prohibits harassment of drivers based on ELD data or connected technology (such as fleet management system). The rule also provides recourse for drivers who believe they have been harassed.

Who Is Exempt from the ELD Rule:
Drivers who use the timecard exception are not required to keep records of duty status (RODS) or use ELDs.  Additionally, the following drivers are not required to use ELDs; however, they are still bound by the RODS requirements in 49 CFR 395 and must prepare logs on paper, using an Automatic On-Board Recording Device (AOBRD), or with a logging software program when required:

Drivers who use paper RODS for not more than 8 days out of every 30-day period.
Drivers who conduct drive-away-tow-away operations, where the vehicle being driven is the commodity being delivered.
Drivers of vehicles manufactured before 2000.

ELD manufacturers are required to self-certify that their devices comply with the ELD rule and register the devices with FMCSA. A list of self-certified and registered ELDs can be found at https://3pdp.fmcsa.dot.gov/ELD/ELDList.aspx. You can also download the ELD Checklist.

Motor carriers subject to the ELD rule are required to operate registered ELDs by the compliance date of Dec. 18, 2017. Motor carriers that operate with […]

By |April 24th, 2017|Commercial Trucking Industry, Safety & Compliance|Comments Off on What You Need To Know About The ELD Rule

Top 10 Things to Know about ELD Mandate

ELD Mandate Introduction

Now that the final rules are out and the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate is in effect, it’s time to get educated and then implement. As with any new technology, there are plenty of questions surrounding ELDs. At its core, the law aims to heighten road safety by ensuring that drivers are abiding by Hours of Service rules. There are, however, some side benefits to drivers as well – increased efficiency as well as time and cost savings. This white paper will focus on the top 10 things that every professional driver should know about the rules.

ELD: Top 10 Things to Know

1. Definition of ELD

First, it’s important to understand how the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) defines an ELD:
“An ELD is a recording-only technology, used to track the time a CMV is operating. An ELD is integrally connected to the CMV’s engine, uses location information, and is tamper resistant. An ELD automatically tracks CMV movement, but allows for annotations by both the driver and the motor carrier’s agent to explain or correct records. An ELD is not necessarily a physical device; it is a technology platform, and may be portable or implemented within a device not permanently installed on a CMV.”1

2. Data elements that will be automatically recorded

As per the final rules, there are a number of data pieces that are automatically recorded by ELDs:

• Date
• Time
• CMV location
• Engine hours
• Vehicle miles
• Driver or authenticated user identification data
• Vehicle identification data
• Motor carrier identification data
• What kind of vehicle location information will be recorded?

Communication of vehicle data and hours of service is transmitted over a mobile network. FMCSA doesn’t require the use of the satellite-based global positioning […]

By |December 18th, 2015|Bentley News & Events, Commercial Trucking Industry|Comments Off on Top 10 Things to Know about ELD Mandate