Federal mandate for Electronic Log Devices In Effect Soon

Don’t be caught off guard– Federal mandate for Electronic Log Devices takes affect this winter.

Don’t think for a minute that the federal government has forgotten about the electronic logs we’ve been hearing so much about this year. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration still expects to publish a proposed electronic log device mandate in November.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has taken another step on an electronic log device (aka electronic onboard recorders or EOBR systems) mandate and has made a separate proposal to protect drivers from pressure to work in violation of safety regulations.

The White House Office of Management and Budget received the FMCSA’s Electronic Log Device Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on August 7. The agency forecasts the OMB will clear the notice by November 6th, 2013, allowing the FMCSA to publish the proposal November 18th and accept public comment until January 20th, 2014.

The 2012 highway reauthorization act includes the Electronic Log Device mandate and directed the agency to address coercion. The FMCSA began referring to the devices as Electronic Log Devices because of the language used in the law and dropped the traditional, but more generic term of electronic onboard recorders (EOBR Systems).

The agency began its journey with Electronic Log Devices beginning in 1994, but the statutory requirement regarding coercion took effect last October. That new law stipulates regulations must exit to prevent carriers, shippers, receivers, and transportation intermediaries from coercing drivers to work in violation of any safety regulation.

If you want to be compliant immediately with these new mandates, please give GoFleet a call with any questions about the new Electronic Log mandate at 1.888.998.1122 or by emailing our sales team here.