According to the FMCSA, carriers without ELDs after the (ELD) mandate compliance deadline won’t incur points against their CSA scores until April 1, 2018. The announcement was made last week during the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Southern Regional Road Show in Birmingham, Alabama.
The new policy came just at the right time considering how the ELD rule’s implementation date is December 18, 2017.
The announcement follows a Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) statement in August that noncompliant drivers won’t be placed out of service until April 1, 2018.
Duane DeBruyne, an FMCSA spokesperson, said: “After December 18, 2017, if you don’t have an AOBRD or ELD, the violation will be cited, and a driver could be fined, but they won’t be put out of service. Companies that continually violate the rule could be subject to federal investigation as well,”
The FMCSA Field Administrator, Jon Dierberger, said that a driver found operating without an ELD or a compliant AOBRD between December 18, 2017, and April 1, 2018, will be cited for not having an electronic logging device.
However, Dierberger also mentioned that the citation would not affect the Safety Measurement System ranking.
The FMCSA and CVSA said in August that the enforcement of ELD-related out-of-service criteria would be pushed back to April 1, 2018 to make way for a a phase-in period for the implementation of the electronic logging device mandate.
Other officials also mentioned that inspectors would exercise “some amount of discretion” in issuing citations as the ELD mandate takes effect.
The FMCSA Deputy Administrator Cathy Gautreaux attended the public hearing in Birmingham, making it her first public appearance since assuming the post last week.
She spoke about the ongoing oppositions to the ELD mandate as well as the desire of small truckers for an extension of the deadline.
Gautreaux said: “FMCSA recognizes motor carriers, particularly independent and small motor carriers, want an extension. FMCSA cannot arbitrarily change the compliance date of December 18.”
Gautreaux pointed out that the final ELD rule was issued in 2015, and the mandate does not revise the Hours of Service rules and anything related to it. Hence, there is no reason to change the deadline.
Gautreaux said that the FMCSA has been training state-based trainers since October so that all jurisdictions would be ready for the ELD mandate implementation.
The ELD rule’s implementation date is just around the corner.
As nearly one million truck drivers are still without compliant electronic logging devices, carriers should install ELDs as soon as possible, before ELD manufacturers run out of supply because of the increased demand.