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Late Push to Extend ELD Implementation Date Nixed by House Vote

(Jeff Berman – Logistics Management)

A late push for a legislative delay for implementing the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate for motor carriers, which is set to take effect on December 18, was turned down by the United States House of Representatives this week.

This stemmed from a proposal by Rep. Brian Babin (R-Texas) that was part of a Fiscal Year 2018 funding bill and called for more time for motor carriers to be in compliance with the ELD mandate. Specifically, Babin requested that no funds issued to the DOT would be used to implement or enforce the ELD mandate until September 30, 2018.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) formally announced in late 2016 that the federal mandate for electronic logging devices (ELD) for commercial motor carriers was official and would take effect in December 2017, basically confirming the inevitable in some ways within the freight transportation and logistics sectors. The objective of the rule, according to FMCSA, is to strengthen commercial truck and bus drivers’ compliance with hours-of-service (HOS) regulations that combat fatigue. The rule will take full effect on December 10, 2017, two years after the date of the final rule being issued. ELDs automatically record driving time and monitor engine hours, vehicle movement, miles driven, and location information. Click here to read more.

Related: House Rejects One of Two Anti-ELD Measures (HDT Truckinginfo)