FMCSA Announces Added ELD Transition Guidance

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced Nov. 20 that in advance of the Dec. 18 implementation of the congressionally mandated electronic logging device rule, and to further facilitate transition to the rule by motor carriers, the agency will be providing guidance related to enforcement procedures during the ELD transition.

These will include a 90-day temporary waiver from the ELD requirement for transporters of agricultural commodities, formal guidance specifically pertaining to the existing Hours-of-Service exemption for the agricultural industry and guidance on the “personal conveyance” provision.

FMCSA will provide guidance on the existing 150 air miles hours-of-service exemption to provide clarity to enforcement and industry. The guidance is designed to allow the industry to maximize the use of this statutory exemption. The agency will consider comments received before publishing final guidance.

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