The 2-year anniversary for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA’s) Regulatory Guidance concerning the use of a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) for personal conveyance is just around corner. I still get numerous questions at Ask The Expert by motor carriers and drivers on how and when to use this off-duty time, so I thought of revisiting this topic.
With the introduction of electronic logging devices (ELDs), the way you record and present your hours-of-service (HOS) information has changed! Watch this webinar recap to learn about these differences, as well as some proposed changes to the HOS rules and regulations that have come as a result of the ELD mandate.
In December, the FMCSA announced they were considering updating personal conveyance guidance in light of concerns stemming from the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate. The original guidance was published in 1997 and has not been updated since. Following the announcement, the FMCSA opened a 30-day comment period that has since been extended to February 20, 2018.
There has been a lot of mixed feedback from the field with regards to the ELD adoption. Some love it, some hate it, some are trying to keep their heads above the water. The response from fleets on the subject of the ELD rule-making highly depends on the carrier, the hauling destination, and the type of business.
There was a big ripple effect after the ELD rollout that some industry participants did not anticipate. Some ELD vendors were forced to fold. Motor carriers had to adjust to the new time schedules. Truck terminals had to make more accommodations. Take a look at the chain reaction that took place.
As we continued to review the scope of challenges the industry is facing with ELDs, this particular ELD rule created some misunderstanding among some motor carriers and drivers, so we’ve decided to elaborate on it in more detail to provide clarification.