The FMCSA seeks comments on OOIDA’s ELD exemption petition for small carriers
The FMCSA seeks comments on OOIDA’s ELD exemption petition for small carriers

Stakeholders and members of the trucking industry can now comment on a petition seeking the five-year ELD mandate exemption for small carriers. The petition requested by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) is open for comments until the 1st of February.

Most commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) operating in the U.S. have been required to use an ELD from December 18, 2017.

The ELD exemption request by OOIDA

The OOIDA requested the FMCSA in November 2017 to exclude small businesses with no at-fault accidents on their record and have a “satisfactory” or “conditional” safety rating.

The Small Business Administration considers small businesses as those earning $27.5 million or less in gross receipts yearly.

OOIDA said in their request: “The exemption would not have any adverse impacts on operational safety, as motor carriers and drivers would remain subject to the (hours of service) regulations.”

Justifications

The association cited the lack of a comprehensive government or independent validation of many of the 200 self-certified ELDs listed in the FMCSA’s registry, the high cost of compliance, and cybersecurity concerns as justifications for the petition.

OOIDA said small truckers covered by the ELD exemption would still be required to keep paper logs.

One of the primary benefits of using an ELD is the elimination of manual paper logs, which are prone to errors and falsification.

The exemption would “allow small business motor carriers to maintain their current practices that have resulted in a proven safety record,” according to OOIDA.

Vetting the ELD manufacturers

The OOIDA also said that the exemption would give regulators enough time to vet the hundreds of ELD makers and allow small haulers ample time to determine which device is suitable for their operation.

The law enforcement, for their part, would also have more time to study which devices meet government standards.

The petition garnered various reactions from truckers.

While some were in favor of the petition, there were those against it as well. As of this writing, the petition had garnered nearly 1,500 comments.

Conclusion

Comments can now be made on the OOIDA’s petition to exempt those small trucking businesses from the ELD mandate that have no attributable at-fault crashes and have a satisfactory safety rating.

If you’d like to comment on the petition, you can click here.

The FMCSA still has to act on OOIDA’s petition. Meanwhile, carriers — regardless of their size — are required to comply with the federal mandate.

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