The FMCSA wants “the smoothest and least intrusive way to implement the ELD rule.” To make sure that happens, the FMCSA will soon provide additional guidance on ELD transition and enforcement procedures after December 18, 2017.
It is important to note that the FMCSA has confirmed that the ELD mandate compliance date is not getting delayed. The mandate is all set to take effect on December 18, 2017. However, they want to successfully implement the ELD rule in a manner that “improves safety without impeding commerce.”
The guidance on ELD transition that the FMCSA will soon provide is expected to ensure a smoother transition. As per the FMCSA’s announcement, the guidance will be related to:
According to the FMCSA’s Deputy Administrator, Cathy F. Gautreaux, “FMCSA has listened to important feedback from many stakeholder groups, including agriculture, and will continue to take steps to ease the transition to the full implementation of the ELD rule,”
Joe DeLorenzo also commented on the guidance that the agency would be providing. Talking about the 90-day ELD mandate exemption for agriculture haulers, Joe said:
“What [the waiver] will allow us to do is consider their situation in terms of hours-of-service. First, it will allow us the time to consider the exemption request that has been filed on behalf of the industry, and the second thing the waiver will allow us to do is [to] publish another guidance document that will be published for comment so we can hear from the industry.”
Joe DeLorenzo also talked about the Personal Conveyance provision. He said, “We are going to publish some sort of contents on personal conveyance to explain to the industry our interpretation of when a movement by drivers isn’t subject to the hours-of-service regulations. What this guidance will do is provide clarity and consistency across the industry.”
A formal publication of the FMCSA’s additional guidance is expected in the next few days. We will keep you posted.
You can also read the official announcement here.