The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s final Electronic Logging Device (ELD) rule is finally set to take effect on December 18, 2017. The ELD regulation was mandated by Congress when they passed the Map-21 transportation bill in 2012. The rule was then finalized in 2015, but implementation has been delayed since then. This may effect some of Mississippi’s manufacturers who own and operate their own trucks.
As a general rule, any commercial driver who is currently required to keep a paper logbook will need to switch to an ELD. However there are a few exemptions:
- Shorthaul drivers operating under the 100 or 150 air-mile radius exemptions
- Drivers required to keep records of duty status no more than 8 days in any 30 day period
- Drivers of trucks with engines manufactured before 2000
- Drivers in drive-away, tow-away operations where the truck being driven is the commodity being delivered
- Drivers of trucks rented for 8 days or less
If you are affected by the ELD mandate, you should look into switching to ELDs as soon as possible. Inspectors will begin enforcement of the mandate as soon as it goes into effect on December 18, however trucks operating without an ELD will not be taken out of service until April 1, 2018. For an ELD to be considered valid by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), it must be self-certified and listed on the agency’s online registry found here.
If you have any questions or concerns you can check the FMCSA ELD FAQ page here or please contact the MMA staff.