As you may know, President Donald Trump has placed a hold on all new and pending regulations. Many have asked if this action affects the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate. The answer is no, this rule went into effect prior to the new administration and is scheduled to be mandatory on December 18, 2017. If your company operates commercial vehicles, it is imperative that you begin the process of determining how this regulation will affect your operations. If your business operates vehicles or combination of vehicles 10,001 pounds GVWR or actual weight in interstate commerce, you will need to comply by December 18 of this year. If you operate only in intrastate commerce vehicles or combination of vehicles 26,001 pounds or more, the compliance date is extended to December 18, 2019.
If your operations are interstate, you can qualify for a 2-year extension by installing an Automatic On Board Recording Device (AOBRD) prior to December 18 this year. Otherwise, ELD’s will be required to be installed. Mandatory ELD’s are not required for intrastate operations until December 18, 2019. There are three exemptions to the ELD mandate:
1. The vehicle was manufactured prior to 2000. This is determined by the VIN.
2. Your operations can qualify for the 100/150 air mile and 12-hour exemption. This is referred to as short haul or local driving.
3. The vehicle is engaged in driveaway/towaway operations and is a part of the shipment.
There are many components to the ELD mandate including purchasing, installation, training, and records, all of which take time to implement