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FMCSA Issues Two Narrow ELD Exemptions to All Carriers

October 20, 2017, by David Cullen

Having decided to grant part of a United Parcel Service request for a limited 5-year exemption from some provisions of the electronic logging device mandate, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will now allow all motor carriers — not just UPS — and drivers to make use of two new temporary exemptions from the ELD rule.

The first exemption will temporarily permit the use of portable “driver-based” ELDs to record engine data “only when the driver is in a CMV and the engine is powered." What that means in plainer English is that drivers who use smartphone- or tablet-based ELDs (as do UPS drivers) will be able to indicate a change of duty status when they are outside of and away from their truck.

The second exemption will temporarily allow carriers to configure an ELD with a “yard-move mode” that does not require a driver to re-input the truck’s yard-move status every time the tractor is powered off.

The two exemptions are being granted for the 5-year period beginning on Oct. 20, 2017, and ending on Oct. 20, 2022 — unless they are rescinded at any time by FMCSA.

The agency stated that the exemptions will be rescinded if:

  • Motor carriers and/or drivers fail to comply with the terms and conditions of the exemptions
  • The exemptions have resulted in a lower level of safety than was maintained before they were granted
  • Continuation of the exemptions would not be consistent with the goals and objectives of 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315(b)

FMSCA further stated that: “Interested parties possessing information that would demonstrate that motor carriers or drivers participating in either of the exemptions are not achieving the requisite statutory level of safety should immediately notify FMCSA.”

The agency noted that it will evaluate any such information and “if safety is being compromised or if the continuation of the exemption is not consistent with 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 311315(b), [it] will take immediate steps to revoke the exemption.”

The agency stated in its notice on the exemptions published in the Oct. 20th Federal Register that it had decided granting these temporary exemptions “would not have an adverse impact on safety, and that a level of safety equivalent to or greater than the level of safety provided by the regulation would be maintained.”

The new ELD rule takes effect in just about 8 weeks, on Dec. 18th.

Related Commentary: A Whirlwind of Last-Minute ELD Preparations

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  1. 1. Bill Strash [ October 23, 2017 @ 08:54PM ]

    It would be nice if they started fining the shippers and receivers for taking so much time that drivers are run out of hours for the day with no recourse.
    FUCK needs to set up a hotline for drivers to file complaints against these companies that do this regularly.

  2. 2. Earl [ October 24, 2017 @ 04:32AM ]

    Driver's with ELD now Drive faster in city's. Thanks gov for making the time run down with no remedy. Driver's can only make up time in the lower speed limit areas. The HOS the gov has in place needs to be fixed to match the ELD. Make all times at S/R free time.

  3. 3. Mike Hunters [ November 16, 2017 @ 05:09PM ]

    Do your logs right
    Don't cheat anything
    That is why elogs exist in the first place, drivers not following regs

  4. 4. Andrew [ December 26, 2017 @ 07:58AM ]

    ELDs are a disaster, the companies that use them (US Express,Schnider,Swift) have the highest accident rate in the industry, 1 accident per every 10,000 miles. Why are they shoving this crap down our throats?


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