Will Your Drivers Be Placed Out-of-Service?
If you have company vehicles, you have likely heard by now — even though the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate was effective on December 18, 2017, law enforcement in the U.S. have been employing a ‘soft enforcement’ approach.
ELD violations have been initiated by DOT against drivers and motor carriers under 395.22(a) violations; however, no Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) points had been issued, nor drivers placed out of service. That all changed when full enforcement of the ELD rule began on April 1, 2018.
Convictions for hours of service violations specific to ELD will result in CSA points being issued against a motor carrier’s safety profile. From a driver’s perspective, non-compliance with ELD can (and will) result in a citation and an out-of-service order as well.
Motor carriers should do everything in their power to ensure that their drivers are up to speed with all the ELD requirements in regulation. This includes ensuring that a driver knows if they are deploying an AOBRD (Automatic On-Board Recording Device) or ELD device, as there are significant differences.
This goes a long way towards simplifying the conversation between a driver and DOT at roadside and is particularly significant given the AOBRD grandfather privileges extending to December 16, 2019.
Please check at https://csa.fmcsa.dot.gov/ELD/List to confirm that the device a driver is using is registered with FMCSA.
Note: Step 2 is not a requirement for AOBRD, however a driver with an AOBRD can be placed out-of-service if he/she is unable to display or produce records of duty status upon request of the Safety Official.
Once a driver serves the 10-hour period, he/she will be able to proceed to their final destination and deliver the load, provided they have a paper log to fill out.
Once the driver returns to his/her home terminal or the motor carrier’s principal place of business at the end of the trip, the driver will not be able to be dispatched for any further trips, unless the operated commercial motor vehicle is equipped with an ELD compliant device.
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‘ELD Mandate Law Enforcement Grace Period is Over’ – Eric Miller, Transport Topics
ELD Rule FAQs – per FMCSA