Truck Drivers Operating Without ELD May Now be Put Out of Service

- Now that the April 1 "hard enforcement" deadline has passed on the electronic logging device mandate, property-carrying commercial motor vehicle drivers operating their vehicle without a required registered electronic logging device (ELD) or a grandfathered automatic on-board recording device (AOBRD) will be placed out of service for 10 hours.

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance said that ELD violations will be recorded on a roadside inspection report and the driver may be cited (issued a violation ticket or a civil penalty) for failing to have a required electronic record of duty status. After 10 hours out of service, the driver may continue to his or her final destination, provided the driver has accurately documented hours-of-service requirements using a paper log and has a copy of the inspection report and/or citation.

If the driver is stopped again before reaching his/her final destination, the driver must provide the safety official with a copy of the inspection report and evidence (e.g., bill of lading) proving that he/she is still on the continuation of the original trip.

After reaching their final destination, if the driver is re-dispatched again without obtaining a compliant ELD, he/she will again be subject to the out-of-service process outlined above, unless the driver is traveling back to the principle place of business or terminal empty to obtain an ELD.

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