As you know, implementation of the ELD rule is a top FMCSA priority. It represents a significant change for a large portion of the industry and a large focus of discussion in Washington DC and nationally.
To ease the transition to ELDs, FMCSA’s partners at the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) have previously announced a delay in placing non-ELD compliant vehicles out-of-service until April 1, 2018, which will allow continued time for carriers and law enforcement to adjust to the new technology. In addition, FMCSA is announcing that violations cited during the period of December 18, 2017 through April 1, 2018, will not count against a carrier’s Safety Measurement System (SMS) scores.
In the coming weeks, FMCSA will publish guidance for comment relating to the application of the agricultural commodity hours-of-service exemption. FMCSA will also provide guidance on the existing 150 air-miles hours-of-service exemption in order to provide clarity to enforcement and industry, and will consider comments received before publishing final guidance.
Finally, FMCSA will publish guidance on another hours-of-service issue, known as Personal Conveyance, which has become more relevant due to the upcoming ELD rule enforcement. The goal of these guidance documents is to take input on their application and develop a consistent and uniform application of the provision.