ELD Mandate Timeline of Events
ELD Mandate Timeline: The past & the foreseeable future
With a positive impact on more than 3 million commercial vehicle drivers, the ELD mandate will lead to more accurate hours of service recordings—speculated by FMCSA. Besides, the ELDs will save 26 lives & prevent about 562 injuries every year along with the estimated savings around $1 billion on paperwork.
As the trucking industry being introduced with the ELD rule it will be interesting to know the events in reaching this long-awaited decision.
The seed was laid back in 1935 in The Motor Carrier Act. That act states that upon the discretion of the secretary of transportation, requirements may set for maximum HOS of employees and standards of motor carrier equipments.
In a study, the US Public Health Service addressed that commercial truck drivers are prone to fatigue because of excessive hours of service. That study was backed by Interstate Commerce Commission & supported the need for regulatory limits of HOS.
A year later the Interstate Commerce Commission created the first HOS regulations for commercial truck drivers.
A new agency Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) was created to look after the issues regarding commercial vehicle drivers.
The Motor Carrier Safety Act was enforced that year by virtue of which the secretary of transportation had the authority to regulate motor carriers, commercial drivers & vehicle equipments.
In order to increase the compliance with HOS regulations by monitoring devices, the Truck and Bus Safety and Regulatory Reform Act was enforced. The act was later amended to make sure that those devices can’t be used maliciously to ‘harass a vehicle operator.’
In that year, the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Enhancement Act was implemented. The act stated the regulations requiring commercial truck drivers to keep records of duty status (RODS) to be equipped with ELDs. That statute also includes the design standards & certification requirements of ELDs.
The device performance was also a major concern of that statute as the agency also considered the alternative way of keeping supporting documents with the drivers. However, it did not take away the HOS enforcement while capturing data by ELD.
On December 10th, FMCSA released a 516 page long ELD mandate to improve the overall safety. FMCSA has made it mandatory to use the device in all commercial trucks while preparing HOS records of duty status.
All truck drivers must install the device by November 30th. However, drivers who already have AOBRDs installed in their trucks have until November 30th, 2019 to upgrade their technology to ELD.
This will be the last year for upgrade in technology. ALL drivers must be using ELDs – AOBRDs are no longer acceptable.
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