2015 Q2 Transportation Safety Zone

FMCSA: ELD Final Rule Slated to Publish on Sept. 30

The projected publication date for the final rule that will mandate the use of Electronic Logging Devices by truck drivers has been updated to September 30th, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

 

The ELD mandate will go into effect 24 months after the final rule is published.

According to FMCSA, the ELD rule will establish:

  • Minimum performance and design standards for hours-of-service (HOS) electronic logging devices (ELDs)
  • Requirements for the mandatory use of these devices by drivers currently required to prepare HOS records of duty status (RODS)
  • Requirements concerning HOS supporting documents
  • Measures to address concerns about harassment resulting from the mandatory use of ELDs

 

Other Upcoming Rule Makings to Note:

  • Speed limiter mandate: Per the report, a proposed rule to mandate the use of speed limiters in heavy trucks could see action this week, as the DOT projects it will send the rule March 17 to the White House’s Office of Management and Budget for its approval.
  • Safety Fitness Determination: The agency’s long-awaited and many-times-delayed Safety Fitness Determination rule could also see action soon, as its projected to be sent to the White House’s Office of Management and Budget April 6.
  • CDL Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse: The DOT still projects a Dec. 14 publication date for its CDL Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse rule, which would set up a database of drivers who have failed or refused to take a drug or alcohol test.
  • Prohibition of driver coercion: The agency’s rule to impose penalties on carriers, shippers, brokers and other entities who coerce truck operators to drive in violation of federal safety rules is still projected to be published Sept. 10.

 

ELDs and Driver Log Auditing:

What does that mean to the Motor Carrier?

With the implementation of ELDs on all CMV fast approaching, Motor Carriers will be held to an even higher level of responsibility and accountability for all HOS violations. With real time monitoring/auditing available with ELD systems, there should be no instances of a Carrier allowing a driver to exceed the HOS regulations.

 

Carrier Consultant Group is currently working with many vendors of ELDs to be able provide the best information available to our clients as this mandatory change approaches.

 

Driver/Applicant Pre-Hire Processes

The FMCSA is looking closely at Motor Carrier qualification and hiring practices to ensure that all regulations are being met all of the time. FMCSA regulations require full and complete Driver Qualification files on all drivers of CMV. Citations are being written to Carriers who do not have complete files, or are not completing the files prior to hiring the driver. Please contact us if you have any questions on Driver Qualification File Requirements to remain in compliance.

 

Audits, Compliance Reviews, and Focused Reviews on the RISE:

As the FMCSA New Entrant Audit program has gotten caught up and is performing the audit faster than in the past, that is now leaving more state investigators with more time on their hands. With this added free time, they are conducting an increased number of  RANDOM Compliance Reviews and Focused Reviews based upon a Carrier’s CSA scoring. Is your trucking company prepared for a Compliance Review or a Focused Review? They only need give 48 hours’ notice!!

 

Feds Take South Dakota Trucking Company Off The Road

Federal transportation regulators have ordered a South Dakota trucking company and its owner to stop all commercial operations. The FMCSA has deemed commercial driver Lonnie Roth and his namesake company imminent dangers. Authorities say the violations of the Mitchell-based company include dispatching a driver known to have an alcohol concentration of 0.04 or greater, failing to implement random alcohol and drug testing programs for drivers, and failing to ensure that drivers complied with regulations designed to prevent fatigue.