Earlier this month, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) announced that the out-of-service criteria (OOSC) associated with the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate will go into effect on April 1, 2018.
There are a couple of important things to note about this announcement: firstly, this does not mean that the December 18, 2017 compliance deadline is no longer in effect. December 18 is still the first day that inspectors and roadside enforcement personnel will begin to document violations and can start to issue citations to drivers operating vehicles without a compliant ELD. It is also important to note that fleets may continue to use a grandfathered automatic onboard recording device (AOBRD) until December 16, 2019.
What the April 1, 2018 date signifies is the time at which inspectors will start to place vehicles and drivers out of service if they are not running a compliant electronic device. The nearly three-and-a-half month gap between the two dates is to give motor carriers and roadside enforcement time to adjust to the new technology before vehicles are placed out of service for violating the ELD mandate.
This is not the first time CVSA member jurisdictions have used a phased-in approach during the implementation of new regulatory requirements. According to the CVSA, the CVSA Board of Directors has consulted with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and others in the motor carrier industry to determine that a phased-in approach will help ease the transition to ELDs for drivers, carriers and roadside inspectors.
Both the December and April dates will be here before you know it, so now is the time to ensure your fleet has the right technology in place to comply with the ELD mandate.
For more information on all things ELD, visit PeopleNet’s ELD resource page to learn more about how to keep your fleet safe and compliant.