Joseph DeLorenzo, Director of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s division of compliance and enforcement, said throughout an ELD listening session at the MidAmerica Trucking Show that many drivers preferred paper logs because they can “make the paperwork exactly the way [they] need. But you can’t make it the direction that you would like with an ELD.”
As of April 1, both drivers caught without ELDs are due to be set out of service for 10 hours, and have points added to their own Compliance, Safety, Accountability schedule scores, or may even be assessed a civil fine.
With few exceptions, the principle mandates any trucker needed to keep a paper record of duty status has to install an ELD. “Some officials or inspectors may only place the driver from service for 10 hrs,” Mooney said. “Others can set the driver out of service and issue a citation also. It’s really as much as the officer within each jurisdiction.”
Collin Mooney, Executive Director of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, said that after the 10-hour out of service order is completed, drivers may utilize paper records of obligation to get to their final destination.“But they can’t be re-dispatched until they have an ELD installed,”.
Mooney added, “But we’re advocating that a roadside document is generated for things to be delegated. If no road-side report is generated then a violation wouldn’t appear on some one’s CSA score.”
There are lots of particular requirements and suggested practices. Some of them contain:
• Drivers should be sure to log off the ELD by the end of your afternoon. Officials say one of their primary problems is drivers not adhering because it can create complications, for instance, when a mechanic proceeds the vehicle to do maintenance.
• Driver or carriers can make edits with their ELD record, but drive time cannot be shortened. The driver, who has the last say on the edits, must re-certify the data after edits are created.
• When an ELD malfunctions, the driver has to provide written a notice to the carrier within one day and continue maintaining document logs within the duration of eight days, the maximum time FMCSA allows for a tool to be repaired or replaced.
• The ELD has to be effective at transferring data to individuals during roadside inspections. Drivers may use among two options, either from telematics like email or services or locally via the usage of USB or blue tooth.
• Drivers and carriers must decide on an ELD out of a registration list of self-certified ELDs which can be reviewed by FMCSA.
Truly, cheating paper logs have been widespread, in accordance with FMCSA records.”I like to remind people that this transition on the business side is difficult,” DeLorenzo said at the agency forum. “it is a significant change for people that are not technology users. But the things you struggle with on the transition into technology, we also struggle together all on the enforcement side.”
For example, in 2017, roadside inspectors issued nearly 43,000 offenses for fictitious reports of motorist record of duty status, 32,000 offenses for no motorist record of duty status, and almost 54,000 violations for paper facsimile not staying current.
The three-month police force grace time for trucks to be armed with electronic logging apparatus is almost over.
Despite many different complaints by drivers regarding the newest mandate, federal regulators are quick to explain that the ELD rule really doesn’t change the hours-of-service requirements which will be set since 2005. However, the technology will help make sure that drivers conform to the 11-hour daily driving period plus 14-hour on duty period maximums.