Latest ELD Updates from the FMCSA

by Aimee Horner on Jan 2, 2019 4:09:53 PM

One year after the ELD Mandate deadline went into effect, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is providing guidance to drivers to aid with data transfer, considering rule changes for hours of service (HOS), and at the same time rejecting exemption requests.  Some of the recent updates are summarized below.

FMCSA Releases Guide to Assist Drivers with ELD Data Transfer

The FMCSA recently released an ELD Guide for data transfer. The guide is designed to be printed and stored under the driver's visor and gives the driver a high-level overview of the various data transfer processes. It also includes some tips on troubleshooting common questions that may arise during data transfer.

The guide includes tips for various methods of data transfer including web, Bluetooth and USB. Be sure you know which data transfer methods your device will support and and that you are using an ELD, as AOBRD doesn't support data transfer capabilities, note: Trimble FieldMaster Logs for ELD supports email and web services for data transfer, refer to the FieldMaster Logs User Guide that comes with your unit for detailed data transfer instructions for roadside inspections. You can also Download the FMCSA Driver Guide for step-by-step data transfer instructions and troubleshooting tips or refer to the FMCSA ELD Data Transfer Handout.

FMCSA Considering Changes to Hours of Service (HOS) Regulations

The FMCSA is also considering changes to areas of the hours of service (HOS) regulations and has requested public feedback on;  expanding the 100 air-mile “short-haul” exemption from 12 hours to 14 hours on-duty, extending the the 14-hour, on-duty limitation by up to two hours when a driver encounters adverse conditions, revising the mandatory 30-minute break after eight hours of continuous driving and reinstating the option for splitting up the required 10-hour off-duty rest break for drivers equipped with a sleeper. For more information visit the update on the FMCSA site.

FMCSA Rejects 10 Exemption Requests

In the meantime, specific trade groups continue to press for changes, but the FMCSA seems to have a high bar for getting these approved.  Just last week 10 exemption requests were rejected; in most cases the groups were not able to demonstrate that their requests would provide improved public safety.  Many of the requests are by service organizations that have special working conditions - where the workforce is moving between vehicles or spending significant time outside the vehicle.  

Some examples of the rejected citations include;  the Power and Construction Association (PCCA), Western Equipment Dealers Association (WEDA), and the Association of Energy Service Companies (AESC).

Looking Back

In the past year there have been many changes and clarifications issued by the FMCSA. Decisions on the HOS regulations are still in consideration and are expected to develop along with other changes as we enter the final year of the transition from AOBRD to ELD.

To learn more, visit our ELD Hub and download our ELD Quick Guide. 

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