Commercial vehicle inspectors will not offer a “soft enforcement” grace period for truckers who have not migrated to electronic logging devices (ELD) by Dec. 17, the date that full enforcement of the federal ELD rule takes effect.
Unless a motor carrier operates under a specific exemption, all motor carriers without an ELD on-board will face an out-of-service violation after the Dec. 16 deadline.
There are no excuses for not having an ELD for motor carriers who are required to comply with this regulation, nor will there be any warnings or exceptions.
According to the North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria, property-carrying drivers who do not have an ELD by the deadline will be considered without a record of duty status in their possession. Those violators will be declared out of service for 10 hours.
FMCSA implemented the ELD rule to make it easier and faster to accurately track, manage, and share record of duty status information, and to help improve road safety and reduce the number of crashes. An ELD automatically records a driver’s driving time and other hours-of-service data. Hours-of-service rules and regulations were developed to minimize driver fatigue and improve safety.
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