Regulators Consider Up to One-Year Exemptions for ELD Integration Challenges

- Federal trucking regulators are considering granting a one-year exemption from certain technical requirements of the electronic logging device mandate for carriers having difficulty integrating ELD software updates with their fleet management systems. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s announcement, published Jan. 31 in the Federal Register, was prompted by a request from Old Dominion Freight Line Inc.

The carrier is seeking a one-year exemption that would allow it to install devices running on older electronic logging software from PeopleNet in trucks added to its fleet for up to one year beyond the mandate’s Dec. 18, 2017, compliance deadline. The ELD mandate includes a grandfather provision that allows fleets such as Old Dominion that had already installed automatic onboard recording devices, or AOBRDs — electronic logging systems that predate ELDs and do not fully comply with the ELD rule — to continue using them until December 2019. However, that provision does not apply to new vehicles that expand the size of a company’s fleet.

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