The FMCSA has updated the CSA’s Safety Measurement System (SMS) with new SMS score information, ELD violations, and violation severity weights.
Although the FMCSA’s ELD mandate became effective on December 18, 2017, ELD violations didn’t affect CSA scores until April 1, 2018. The “soft enforcement” period was to ensure a smooth transition to electronic logging devices.
However, now that “full enforcement” has begun on April 1, 2018, ELD violations are affecting carriers’ CSA scores.
Any ELD violation that was recorded before April 1, however, will not be included in the CSA SMS. On the other hand, ELD violations recorded after full enforcement began on April 1, will be counted against SMS scores. According to the FMCSA, carriers will see these violations in “early May 2018, when the next monthly SMS results are released.”
For more information, read: The CSA’s SMS update includes new ELD violations and severity weights.
Following is a list of all 22 ELD-related violations that count against a carrier’s SMS scores. The below infographic contains the sections, descriptions of the violations, violation groups, and the severity weight for each ELD violation.
Non-exempt drivers are subject to penalties for not complying with the ELD mandate. Fines for ELD violations could range from $1,000 to $10,000. According to the North American Transportation Association, a failure to comply with 395.8(a) has an average fine of $2,867. The highest recorded fine is $13,680.
Additionally, non-exempt drivers are placed out-of-service if they don’t have a compliant ELD solution, and they cannot be dispatched on their next trip until they are compliant.
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