Since the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) first announced it would mandate the use of Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) by interstate commercial trucks and buses, IT solutions providers have anticipated a long-standing final ruling. But soon after the initial proposal, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit vacated the FMCSA’s final rule.
At the heart of the debate over the use of the ELD mandate is the argument that the FMCSA did not address the potential for the new technology to be used to harass drivers. Nor did it address how to prevent such harassment. In response to the Court of Appeals, the FMCSA conducted a study on the issue, considered input from its Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee, and analyzed public feedback during two public sessions and comments filed during the extended period after the 2011 law was proposed.
The FMCSA drafted a Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, though an estimated date of when the rule would be final was not released by the FMCSA. The new proposal, released in March 2014, requires interstate commercial truck and bus companies to use ELDs in-vehicle to improve compliance regarding the number of hours a driver can work.
The American Trucking Association (ATA) commented on the new proposal saying, “ATA supports FMCSA’s proposal to mandate electronic logging devices. However, the agency must address some of the device design and performance specifications which are critical to the success of such a mandate.”
Some of the provisions of the proposed legislation include the following elements:
With the new legislation set to be approved soon, IT solution providers should familiarize themselves with the new provision so they are ready to offer solutions that comply with the mandate.