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FMCSA streamlines ELD section of agency website


Thursday, August 3, 2017
by THE TRUCKER STAFF

The streamlined ELD section of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration includes a comprehensive list of question and answers. (Courtesy: FMCSA)
The streamlined ELD section of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration includes a comprehensive list of question and answers. (Courtesy: FMCSA)

WASHINGTON — The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration said Thursday it had streamlined the electronic logging device section of the agency’s website to create a more user-friendly system and highlight critical ELD information.

In the frequently asked questions section, new answers have been added that address questions about vehicles with a manufacturer year 2000 that are equipped with older engine components and how the ELD rule applies to the agriculture exemption.

The website’s resource page provides access to fact sheets and brochures in both English and Spanish languages.

For ELD manufacturers, the website gives the ability of the manufacturer to test ELD output files with the agency's new ELD File Validator as well as access to questions and answers about technical specifications.

The FMCSA is moving forward toward the December 18 implementation date in the face of two pieces of legislation now before Congress, one of which would delay implementation two years, the other of which would order the Department of Transportation to analyze whether a full or targeted delay in ELD implementation and enforcement would be appropriate.

The bill to automatically delay the implementation two years that was introduced by Rep. Brian Babin, R-Texas, has 38 cosponsors.

Another impediment to full implementation is the fact that it is estimated 70 percent of the commercial motor vehicles that fall under the ELD rule are not equipped with ELDs yet. The American Trucking Associations reports that there are 2.496 Class 8 tractors on the road today.

The FMCSA still has five stops on its ELD implementation tour where agency subject matter experts will discuss what drivers need to do to ensure compliance with the ELD rule.

In addition, participants at select events will have the opportunity to attend a presentation on ELD implementation, as well as ask subject matter experts questions at FMCSA’s interactive exhibit booth, where they will have access to consumer-friendly resources and materials.

Event dates and locations include:

  • August 24-26 – Great American Trucking Show, Dallas
  • September 25-27 – North American Commercial Vehicle Show, Atlanta
  • October 14-15 – California Trucking Show, Ontario, California
  • October 21-24 – American Trucking Associations Management Conference & Exhibition, Orlando, Florida
  • November 6-8 – Women in Trucking Accelerate! Conference & Expo, Kansas City, Missouri.

 

 

 

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