The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced November 20 that in advance of the December 18, 2017 implementation of the Congressionally-mandated electronic logging device (ELD) rule, and to further facilitate transition to the rule by motor carriers, the Agency will be providing guidance related to enforcement procedures during the ELD transition.
Specifically, this includes a 90-day temporary waiver from the ELD requirement for transporters of agricultural commodities, formal guidance specifically pertaining to the existing Hours-of-Service exemption for the agricultural industry, and guidance on the “personal conveyance” provision. FMCSA will also provide guidance on the existing 150 air miles hours-of-service exemption in order to provide clarity on enforcement to the industry. The guidance is designed to allow the industry to maximize the use of this statutory exemption. The Agency will consider comments received before publishing final guidance.
Formal publication of the guidance via the Federal Register is expected within the next two weeks, and will include a public comment process. As always, NECA will continue to be engaged in this issue and represent the interests of our contractors.
NECA submitted comments supporting the application for exemption from requirements to use electronic logging devices (ELDs) for electrical and utility contractors nationwide.
For additional information on ELDs, please visit: https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/hours-service/elds/electronic-logging-devices