According to recent news, the Pipe Line Contractors Association (PLCA) and MBI Energy Services, a water service hauling fleet in North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, and Colorado, are seeking exemptions from the ELD mandate.
Both the organizations have filed their cases for a review by the authorities. The FMCSA has opened them for public comments for 30 days.
Let’s discuss each exemption request in more detail:
The PLCA claims that their drivers usually operate within the short-haul exception. However, sometimes they exceed the short-haul exception for more than 8 days in a 30-day period.
The association also said that ELDs do not offer a safety benefit for pipeline drivers because they usually don’t work on public roads. Moreover, the association also said that some of their drivers might not come back to the work-reporting site within 12 hours, which is a requirement for the short-haul exemption.
The association promised that they would be keeping paper logs, despite the ELD exemption.
On the other hand, the specialized equipment fleet named the MBI Energy Services has also requested for the ELD mandate exemption.
The fleet is seeking exemptions for single-passenger cabs, which, they claim, do not operate on public roads or highways. Also, since the trucks are single-passenger cabs, the fleet says that there is not enough space to install ELDs without compromising on the visibility of drivers.
Like the Pipe Line Contractors Association, MBI Energy Services also added that, if granted exemption, they would continue maintaining paper logs.
The FMCSA is seeking public comments for both these exemptions requests, which can be found at www.regulations.gov. The Docket details are as follows: