The FMCSA is requesting comments for its Electronic Logging Device mandate; this one dealing with registering the devices.
Regardless of how you feel about the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Electronic Logging Device (ELD) rule, it’s going to take effect. This past July, Truckinginfo.com published an article highlighting the comments made by those who will be most affected. Not surprisingly, a number of Owner-Operators and drivers were extremely unhappy with the ruling; on the other hand, the American Trucking Associations (ATA) supports the mandate. According to the association, the ELDs will improve HOS compliance; however, they were hoping that agency would not move too quickly, giving companies time to comply and lessening the chance for legal challenges.
Right before Halloween this year, the agency took another step toward the mandate, publishing a Federal Register notice about registering the devices that will be brought to market. According to this step, manufacturers will be required to register their devices and certify that they meet technical standards. The expectation is that twenty-two manufacturers may register as many as four devices each. The FMCSA will provide an ID number for each device and then post both the manufacturers and devices on the website. This will give carriers the ability to know which devices have been approved.
The last date to send your comments to the FMCSA is December 29th. Again, this is for comments about registering the devices, not the mandate itself.
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