Regulators say ELDs will guarantee that truckers comply with a federal hours-of-service rule. The original rule limits driving to no more than 11 hours every day inside a 14-hour workday.
But like issuing citations, enforcement has started in some regions. As regulators start enforcement of a guideline which makes truckers use digital driving time trackers in their big rigs, the bureau in charge of the regulation conceded there are still difficulties with the technology.
Although the rule began in December, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration gave truckers a grace period and delayed enforcement until April 1. Truckers could be placed out of support and not able to push for 10 hours when they do not have a functioning ELD beginning on Sunday. Starting Sunday drivers of heavy-duty trucks should have digital logging devices in their own automobiles.
Drivers have difficulty getting the devices, called ELDs, to monitor time and transfer information right. Some ELDs are reporting that truckers are hundreds of miles apart from their actual locations.
As FMSCA says they discovered that some of the 330 ELD devices on the market do not meet the technical specifications for data transfer used to show driving hours to law enforcement. The agency declined to say how many ELD models are not working properly.
“There have been some snags in the data transfer process with some of the providers,” says, Joe DeLorenzo, Director of Enforcement and Compliance of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
Truckers told Desi Trucking Magazine that they are having trouble with their devices and even though they have reached out to the vendors, don’t believe the problems will be resolved by Sunday’s deadline.
“We should have had a process where you had to submit your device and then you have to go through it, review your code and demonstrate an effective data transfer on the front-end,” says Collin Mooney, executive director of CVSA.
Several drivers we talk to did like the ELD mandate but they do agree that HOS laws need to be changed as well. Unless there are changes in HOS rule implementing ELD mandate is going to be a real headache.