The FMCSA has received two more ELD mandate exemption requests — one from a group that represents tow truck drivers and the other from a seasonal propane-hauling fleet.
Here are the details of the ELD exemption requests.
TRAA represents more than 35,000 towing companies across the United States of America.
The group is requesting the FMCSA to grant a five-year ELD mandate exemption. In the exemption request, TRAA mentions that most tow truck drivers fall under the short-haul exemption. However, they do sometimes exceed the short-haul limitation and, therefore, are required to maintain paper logs as per the FMCSA’s regulations.
The association also added that tow drivers shift between interstate and intrastate regulations multiple times in a single day. Moreover, they also switch between commercial and non-commercial vehicles throughout their shifts.
According to the tow truck drivers group, installing electronic logging devices for a very small part of their day’s operations would create “an undue burden.”
In addition, TRAA’s request also claims that “towers’ responsiveness to their customers and the monitoring public would be severely reduced, and costs of towing services would increase commeasurably [sic],” if the ELD exemption is not granted.
The FMCSA is seeking public comments on the exemption request until February 9, 2018.
The other request was made by STC Inc. — a 75-truck fleet that hauls propane fuel and anhydrous ammonia. The company is based in Paducah, Ky., and it operates seasonally.
The fleet made its ELD exemption request stating that it doesn’t operate around the year and that its operations are heavily dependent on the weather conditions.
Moreover, the company also maintains that it can’t afford the high cost of installing electronic logging devices in 75 trucks, as the warm winters have already negatively affected its revenues.
In the exemption request, STC Inc. promises that its drivers would continue using paper logs if the exemption is granted.
The FMCSA is seeking comments on STC’s exemption request until February 9, 2018. Comments can be made here.
There is a strong possibility that these exemption requests will be declined by the FMCSA.
Nearly 75% of the trucking industry have already successfully adopted electronic logging devices. Moreover, the implementation of the ELD mandate has also led to tighter market conditions in favor of truckers.
On the other hand, all non-exempt truckers are required to use FMCSA-compliant electronic logging devices.