August 31, 2017
Iowa DOT & IMTA --- The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) has announced that roadside inspectors will not initially place trucks out of service for failing to have an electronic logging device installed by December 18, 2017.
In a letter to FMCSA, CVSA said that its member jurisdictions have used the phased-in approach in the past when implementing a significant change in regulatory requirements, and that it has been successful.
Although carriers have had two years to prepare for ELDs since the Final Rule was published, the enforcement group has agreed to “soft enforcement” through April 1. What that means to carriers who will be required to install ELDs, is that CVSA will not apply the out-of-service criteria for roadside enforcement until April 1, 2018.
CVSA believes that this delay in hard enforcement should result in there being no reason to delay the December 18 start date for the ELD mandate.
Each jurisdiction (state or country) will have discretion as to whether to issue citations after December 18. During the IMTA ELD town hall meetings, the Iowa DOT Motor Vehicle Enforcement group confirmed that they will be writing mostly warnings during this time rather than citations. A warning, as you know, still impacts your scores on the CSA program, but a warning will be better for carriers than being placed out-of-service.
There is a considerable amount of information being published about a proposed Congressional delay in the deadline for carriers to be required to using Electronic Logging Devices. Presently, our sources tell us that this proposed delay does not have enough support to pass. For this proposed legislation to pass it would need to pass both the House and the Senate, plus be signed by the President.
IMTA continues to monitor the ELD rule and any proposed legislation concerning it. We will keep our members updated of any news, changes, or delays. Please call the IMTA office, at 515-244-5193, if you have any questions.