National Electric Contractors Association (NECA) seeks ELD exemption for drivers
National Electric Contractors Association (NECA) seeks ELD exemption for drivers

The National Electrical Contractors Association, or NECA, which represents 4000 members, has filed an ELD exemption request.

The application was recently submitted to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, requesting an exemption from the ELD mandate for the NECA members.

The application doesn’t mention the number of commercial vehicles that the exemption would apply to, but the NECA has stated that one of its “large” contractors fleet comprises of 13,766 commercial vehicles.

NECA demands the ELD exemption on the grounds that driving is a secondary job responsibility for its drivers. Their primary job is carrying out other non-driving tasks that they perform throughout the day. Furthermore, because they drive so infrequently, they rarely trigger the ELD mandate requirements.

According to the group, because of the nature of their work, “the ELD requirement is triggered infrequently.”

Note that the NECA members fundamentally perform installation, repairs, and maintenance of the infrastructure of electrical utilities.

NECA also states that the ELD requirement for such a limited volume of driving work would “unnecessarily burden” its member contractor’s operations. Also, it is “cumbersome” to meet the cost of installing and using electronic logging devices to record hours-of-service. The association has ensured to use paper logs to record hours-of-service, when necessary.

The notice has been published in the Federal Register by the FMCSA.

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