The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced a public ELD meeting to discuss device specifications with ELD manufacturers.
The ELD mandate is set to take effect on December 18, 2017. There are over 3.5 million commercial truck drivers that would require electronic logging devices to stay compliant. Although there are many ELD manufacturers, there are concerns about how compliant their electronic logging devices actually are.
The meeting will play a key role in helping ELD manufacturers understand the federal regulations set by the FMCSA and the latest ELD mandate, so electronic logging devices can be manufactured in compliance with those federal regulations.
There were some speculations that the ELD mandate would be repealed. However, after OOIDA lost the case against FMCSA’s ELD mandate and was denied a rehearing petition, those speculations died down.
KeepTruckin’s CEO, Shoaib Makani, believes that the ELD mandate is not going to be repealed and this meeting announcement by FMCSA is another step towards its reality. Shoaib Makani said, “The ELD mandate is almost here, and it is here to stay. The FMCSA’s public announcement is another step towards making the ELD rule a reality. It’s time for fleets to start preparing for the upcoming ELD mandate.”
Regarding the benefits of ELD mandate, Shoaib Makani said, “Fleets with ELDs have been able to save thousands of dollars by minimizing administrative burdens, automating tasks and reducing fuel wastage. The benefits of these devices far outweigh the cost.”
The FMCSA’s public ELD meeting on devices specs is scheduled for May 9, 2017, at the U.S. Department of Transportation in Washington, DC. The meeting will be held from 09:30 a.m. to 01:30 p.m.