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House Bill Seeks Delay of ELD Rule for Fleets

A member of the U.S. House of Representatives recently introduced a bill that would mandate up to a two-year delay in the December deadline for regulations requiring truck operators and their companies to install electronic logging devices (ELDs) in their vehicles, according to news reports.

Without this legislation, or a variation of it added to a transportation-funding bill or other measure or House-Senate conference report, all commercial truck operators will have to install ELD systems in all of their vehicles by Dec. 18.

The legislation, introduced on July 18 by Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX), is titled the ELD Extension Act of 2017. The rationale for the bill centers on concerns that the ELD rule would place an undue burden on small carriers, such as individual owner/operators of trucks.

Critics also have questioned enforcement and technical specifications for ELD equipment. ELDs are electronic, electromechanical, or mechanical devices that record a driver's duty status information accurately and automatically. The devices must be integrally synchronized with specific operations of the commercial motor vehicle in which it’s installed. At a minimum, the device must record engine use, road speed, miles driven, and the date and time of day. 

Rep. Babin’s legislation follows a report issued on July 17 by the House Appropriations Committee that advised the U.S. Dept. of Transportation to study whether or not a “full or targeted” delay of the ELD rule for small carriers is warranted, due to the costly and burdensome nature of the requirement. Click here for details.