FMCSA Moves Up ELD Final Rule to Sept. 30

The projected publication date for a rule mandating the use of electronic onboard recorders (ELDs) in the U.S. has been updated to Sept. 30 – nearly two months ahead of the previously projected date of Nov. 9.

The announcement was made by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, according to Heavy Duty Trucking magazine.

While Sept. 30, 2015 was the “original” stated publication date at the time the Notice of Proposal Rulemaking on ELDs was released in early 2011, the agency later changed the schedule to November 9 in the Federal Register.

It has now apparently moved the date back to Sept. 30.

The ELD mandate will go into effect 24 months after the final rule is published.

According to FMCSA, the ELD rule will establish:

  • Minimum performance and design standards for hours-of-service (HOS) electronic logging devices (ELDs)
  • Requirements for the mandatory use of these devices by drivers currently required to prepare HOS records of duty status (RODS)
  • Requirements concerning HOS supporting documents
  • Measures to address concerns about harassment resulting from the mandatory use of ELDs
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