The FMCSA has rejected OOIDA’s request to exempt small carriers with clean safety records from the ELD mandate requirements.

In November 2017, OOIDA filed the ELD exemption request that small businesses that don’t have an unsatisfactory safety rating should be allowed to continue using paper logs to record duty status and hours-of-service information instead of using FMCSA-registered electronic logging devices.

Small businesses are defined as those with less than $27.5 million in annual revenue.

According to an announcement by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, the FMCSA has denied the request. More details as to why the agency denied OOIDA’s request would surface soon.

According to Todd Spencer, OOIDA’s CEO and President, the association is “puzzled and disappointed” by the FMCSA’s decision to deny the ELD exemption request.

In the original request, the associated stated that “the exemption would not have any adverse impacts on operational safety, as motor carriers and drivers would remain subject to the [hours-of-service] regulations.”

The fact that FMCSA has denied OOIDA’s request further proves that the Agency is fully committed to electronic logging devices. Recently, the FMCSA also released data on how the ELD mandate has improved hours-of-service compliance, which further emphasizes the importance of ELDs.

What’s next?

The FMCSA is fully committed to electronic logging devices, and the ELD mandate is here to stay. If you are without a compliance ELD solution, try Motive.