Mandating electronic

The Supplement Notice of Proposed Rulemaking follows an FMCSA rule from 2010 that mandates the use of electronic onboard recorders.

That entire rule was vacated in 2011 by a federal court.

The American Trucking Associations welcomed the proposal, while the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association said it will closely study it during the comment period.

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Here’s a breakdown of each component: Mandating logging devices The mandate will apply to all drivers who are currently required to keep paper records of duty status.

Drivers who are required to keep records of duty status in eight or more days out of every 30 days must use an ELD, replacing the 2011 rule’s requirement that drivers who keep records of duty status two or more days out of every seven use a logging device.

Federal law is changing regarding truck driver logs.

Gone will be the days of paper logs that a driver could falsify in an attempt to stay on the road longer hours for more money.

ELDs, as opposed to their EOBR and AOBRD (electronic onboard recorder and automatic onboard recording device) predecessors, sync with a truck’s engine to capture power status, motion status, miles driven and engine hours, FMCSA says.

They also automatically enter changes of duty status, 60-minute intervals while the truck’s moving and engine-on and engine-off instances, according to the rule.

Carriers and drivers would not be required to install or use a logging device until two years after the effective date of the final rule.

Carriers who used what the agency calls “automatic onboard recording devices” prior to the ELD mandate, however, have two more years on top of that to comply.

For every 24-hour period the driver is on duty, carriers must maintain no more than 10 supporting documents from either of these categories (1) bills of lading, itineraries, schedules or other documents that show trip origin and destination, (2) dispatch records, trip records or similar documents (3) expense receipts, (4) electronic mobile communication records sent through fleet management systems or (5) payroll records, settlement sheets or similar documents that show what and how a driver was paid.

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