NGWA submitted comments supporting the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) proposal to exempt interstate short-haul operations not required to maintain records of duty status from electronic logging device (ELD) requirements.
NGWA also urged the FMCSA to communicate with ELD manufacturers the necessity that such devices accurately and reliably perform when subjected to the vibration heavy equipment (such as water well drilling rigs) experiences in daily off-road operation. Some larger water well contracting firms may meet the criteria for the regular use of ELDs. FMCSA received more than 1600 comments on the proposed rule, including concerns from some groups about the exemptions.
In other news, the FMCSA unveiled an updated list of routes truckers are not allowed to use for carrying hazardous materials.
The National Hazardous Materials Route Registry lists every designated and restricted road for highway route-controlled quantities, or HRCQs, of radioactive materials and nonradioactive hazmat transportation.
The list, found in the Federal Register, also outlines the limitations for using these routes. The agency advises shippers and carriers to review the registry in order to determine what logistical impact the updated information can have on their operations.
The update is based on information state and tribal governments provided to FMCSA in January. The new registry is effective immediately, superseding guidelines adopted in 2000.