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CVSA Taking Phased-in Approach to Enforcing OOS Related to ELD Rule

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) announced it begin enforcing the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate requirements on Dec. 18, 2017, but said it would take a phased-in approach to out-of-service criteria (OOSC), which will go into effect on April 1, 2018.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) congressionally mandated ELD compliance deadline is still set for Dec. 18. On that date, inspectors and roadside enforcement personnel will begin documenting violations on roadside inspection reports and, at the jurisdiction’s discretion, will issue citations to commercial motor vehicle drivers operating vehicles without a compliant ELD.

Beginning April 1, 2018, inspectors will start placing commercial motor vehicle drivers out of service if their vehicle is not equipped with the required device. Motor carriers may continue to use a grandfathered automatic onboard recording device (AOBRD) no later than Dec. 16, 2019.

This announcement does not impact enforcement of the OOSC for other hours-of-service violations.

CVSA supports moving forward with the compliance date as specified in the rule. However, setting an April 1, 2018, effective date for applying the ELD OOSC will provide the motor carrier industry, shippers and the roadside enforcement community with time to adjust to the new requirement before vehicles are placed out of service for ELD violations, CVSA said in a news release.

CVSA member jurisdictions have used this phased-in approach in the past when implementing significant changes in regulatory requirements. The CVSA Board of Directors, in consultation with FMCSA and the motor carrier industry, agreed that the phased-in approach to implementation of the ELD requirements outlined in the North American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria will help promote a smoother transition to the new ELD requirement.

For more information about the ELD rule, visit FMCSA’s ELD implementation website.

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