The Rule at a Glance:
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced on December 10, 2015 that they have adopted a Final Rule which requires Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) to be used across the commercial Trucking and Busing Industries. According to the FMCSA, the four main elements to the Final Rule are as follows:
- Requires commercial truck and bus drivers who currently use paper log books to maintain hours-of-service records to adopt ELDs within two years.
- Provides both procedural and technical provisions designed to protect commercial truck and bus drivers from harassment resulting from information generated by ELDs.
- Sets technology specifications detailing performance and design requirements for ELDs.
- Establishes new hours-of-service supporting document requirements that will result in additional paperwork reductions. *Compliance provisions are included in the rule for carriers who have previously installed compliant Automatic On-Board Recording Devices.