The state of California is pursuing the adoption of an electronic logging device mandate for intrastate carriers starting from December 31, 2020.
The date was mentioned during a presentation at the California Highway Patrol (CHP) Commercial Vehicle Safety Summit in October and was confirmed by the CHP Director of Communications Fran Clader.
However, Clader also mentioned that nothing is definite at this point.
“The end of 2020 deadline is our current intention and subject to change. We have not started a formal rulemaking process. There are many factors that may come into play between now and then.” Clader said.
If the date set by the CHP stands, it is going to be the latest intrastate compliance date to be established in a state with one of the two most important intrastate trucking markets in the U.S.
Previously, Texas tagged December 19, 2019, as the enforcement date for their intrastate drivers’ ELD mandate.
According to a poll conducted by Overdrive earlier this year, three percent of their readers operate solely within the state of California, therefore, making them subject to the California intrastate trucking regulations.
When it comes to the Hours of Service (HOS) rules in California, operators have a slightly more liberal approach to their hour limitations.
For instance, they enjoy 12 hours of driving in a 16-hour on-duty window amid various centered exemptions for particular items.
In Oregon, on the other hand, the state will implement the ELD mandate on intrastate motor carriers on December 18, 2017 — the same deadline for interstate truckers.
David McKane, the Oregon Department of Transportation Motor Carrier Transportation Division Safety Programs Manager, put a stop to speculations of a delay in the ELD implementation on intrastate carriers.
McKane emphasized that Oregon has adopted the ELD rule for its truckers.
“We have now determined we will be enforcing the ELD requirement on intrastate motor carriers on December 18, 2017,” McKane said.
Just like their counterparts in California, the intrastate truckers in Oregon “also have a slightly more liberal approach to hours of service limits than that taken by the federal rule for interstate drivers.”
While there are differences in their HOS limits, Oregon’s limits also have similarities with California’s 12-hour drive in a 16-hour-window approach.
In September, Captain Brian Ausloos of the Wisconsin State Patrol said: “Wisconsin will need to go through a rulemaking process before this (the ELD mandate will) be a requirement for intrastate operations.”
He also added, “We will move this along as quickly as possible, but I would project that the end of 2018 or early 2019 would be a realistic expectation.”
As the trucking industry moves closer to the ELD implementation date, more and more changes are bound to be proposed by varying trucker groups.
To prepare for the upcoming enforcement due date and possible last-minute regulatory changes resulting from various proposals, it pays for carriers to install top-of-the-line ELDs in their vehicles to improve their trucking operations and comply with the upcoming ELD mandate.
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