Federal Motor Carrier Sets National ELD Mandate Education Tour

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is conducting an electronic logging device national tour to help educate commercial motor carriers about the ELD rule going into effect later this year.

In a July 10 announcement, the agency said subject matter experts will lead driver-focused presentations and panel discussions on ELD implementation in several cities. The agency also will have FMCSA staff at an exhibit booth who will answer questions, provide consumer-friendly resources and materials, and review drivers’ and carriers’ responsibilities.

The ELD rule, which will be enforced beginning December 18, requires all interstate carriers to convert from paper logs or logging software to a registered ELD if they do not have an automatic on-board recording device.

For the most part, all of the regulations set forth in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations apply to any motor carrier that operates a commercial motor vehicle in interstate operation. The definition of a CMV is any vehicle meeting the following criteria:

  • Any vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more
  • Any vehicle carrying hazardous materials that require placarding
  • Passenger vehicles designed or used to transport more than eight passengers for hire, or 15 passengers not for compensation.

Some states have a slightly different definition for a CMV if operated strictly intrastate. Carriers should review that definition within their respective states to determine applicability. However, if your company crosses state lines at all, then the definition above applies to you, and therefore, the rules apply.

FMCSA’s ELD Implementation National Tour dates and locations are as follows:

  • August 24-26 — Great American Trucking Show (Dallas, Texas)
  • September 25-27 — North American Commercial Vehicle Show (Atlanta, Georgia)
  • October 14-15 — California Trucking Show (Ontario, California)
  • October 21-24 — American Trucking Associations Management Conference & Exhibition (Orlando, Florida)
  • November 6-8 — Women in Trucking Accelerate! Conference & Expo (Kansas City, Missouri)

The FMCSA also announced the 12-member panel of academics chosen by the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine concluded the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s CSA program’s controversial Safety Measurement System to identify motor carriers at high risk for crashes is “conceptually sound” though several features need improvement.

According to Transport Topics, the panel recommended over the next two years regulators develop a more “statistically principled approach” based on an “item response theory” which is a more detailed data-oriented approach.

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