The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is set to hold a public meeting next month in Washington D.C. to discuss specs for electronic logging devices. According to the announcement, discussions will revolve around the technical specifications in the final ELD rule.

The primary purpose of scheduling this meeting is to help ELD manufacturers understand the federal regulations. So they can produce electronic logging devices (ELDs) that comply with the regulation and FMCSA’s ELD mandate.

“This meeting is intended to address questions received from ELD manufacturers and to review the required standardized output and standardized data sets,” said the FMCSA.

It was further added that the ELD rule, “included detailed performance and design requirements for ELDs to ensure the devices produce accurate, tamper-resistant records with a uniform file format and consistent displays.”

The FMCSA meeting is scheduled to be held on May 9, 2017, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (EDT) at the U.S. Department of Transportation in Washington, D.C.

The ELD rule is all set to come into effect from December 18, 2017. Eligible motor carriers are required to install FMCSA-registered electronic logging devices before December 18, 2017, in order to be fully compliant.

What it means for the upcoming ELD mandate

Although there were speculations that the ELD mandate would be repealed, there are no signs of it now.

First, OOIDA filed a case against the FMCSA, citing that the ELD mandate violates the Fourth Amendment. The Seventh Circuit Court carefully evaluated the arguments and issued a decision in favor of the FMCSA and the ELD mandate. The court disagreed with all the arguments made by OOIDA and stated that the ELD rule “is not arbitrary or capricious, nor does it violate the Fourth Amendment.”

After being denied, OOIDA filed a petition for rehearing. That was subsequently denied by the court since there were no solid arguments for rehearing the case. Some people speculated that Donald Trump’s new administration would reverse the ELD mandate. But it is also very unlikely to happen.

Additionally, the fact that FMCSA is scheduling this public meeting to discuss ELD specs with manufacturers is a clear testament that the ELD mandate is not going to get delayed.

Shoaib Makani, the CEO and founder of Motive, said “The ELD mandate is almost here, and it is here to stay. The FMCSA’s public meeting announcement is another step towards making the ELD rule a reality. It’s time for fleets to start preparing for the upcoming ELD mandate.”

He also believes that ELDs will be extremely beneficial to fleets, “Fleets with ELDs have been able to save thousands of dollars by minimizing administrative burdens, automating tasks, and reducing fuel wastage. The benefits of these devices far outweigh the cost.”

What’s next?

If you still haven’t installed ELDs, it is time to do something about it. The ELD mandate deadline is less than eight months away.

After installing ELDs, fleets will require some time for training, transitioning, and getting accustomed to how ELDs work. It is absolutely crucial to plan ahead.

You can request a free demo of the Motive ELD solution and see how it can help your fleet. Additionally, CMV drivers can install Motive’s free mobile app available on iOS and Android. With over 15,000 positive reviews, the Motive mobile app is the highest rated e-log app in the market.

If you have any questions, contact our support team, and we will be happy to assist.