The trucking industry has inched its way even closer to mandated electronic logs with the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) proposal submitted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA) last week.
The FMSCA sent their recommended electronic logging devices rule to the White House Office of Management and Budget for a final examination before its publication. The review period can take up to 90 days, but it can be extended if the White House requests more time. If approved, a two month comment window will follow, and the final rule would be implemented in 2014 or 2015.
The original mandate for ELD requirements was struck down in federal court when it was ruled the FMSCA didn’t properly address how ELDs were being used to harass drivers.
In addition to addressing the harassment issue, the FMSCA proposal will also set the mandate, establish minimum standards for ELDs and set requirements for supplementary documents.
ELDs were previously known as electronic onboard recorders or EOBRs.
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