More states are starting to mandate electronic logging devices (ELDs) for intrastate drivers. First, it was Florida and Texas. California and Oregon are now the latest states to announce that their intrastate drivers will need to be using electronic logging devices as well. Who will be next?
Last spring, we learned that Florida and Texas would be mandating ELDs for their intrastate drivers. Texas will require their intrastate drivers to be using electronic logging devices by December 19, 2019, while Florida's intrastate drivers will need ELDs by December 31, 2018.
Who Is Considered an Intrastate Driver?
You are classified as an intrastate driver when you drive your commercial motor vehicle (CMV) within a specific State. More information on driver classification can be found on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) website.
The Golden State, Beaver State, and Badger State
Overdrive recently reported that California is looking to mandate electronic logging devices (ELDs) for their intrastate drivers by December 31, 2020. However, the California Highway Patrol has awknowledged that they have not started a formal rulemaking process and that date could be subject to change. The same Overdrive article noted that Oregon will require their intrastate drivers to be running ELDs by December 18, 2017, which is the same as the FMCSA's deadline for interstate drivers.
In addition, Overdrive noted that Wisconsin would adopt the ELD mandate, and it looks like they will require ELDs for their intrastate drivers on the same timeline as the FMCSA. It now appears that any ELD mandate for Wisconsin intrastate drivers would have to go through a rulemaking process, meaning the badger state's mandate is likely to be delayed.
More States Than You Realize
Do you think only the intrastate drivers in the states mentioned above need electronic logging devices? You may be surprised to learn that there are many more states that are adopting the FMCSA's ELD mandate.
Commercial Carrier Journal notes that states are required to "adopt and enforce federal regulations pertaining to intrastate commercial vehicle operations within three years of the effective date of the federal regulation."
This means all states will eventually have to embrace the ELD mandate for their intrastate drivers. So even if your state has not made an official annoucement about the use of ELDs, it's likely that you will have to become ELD compliant in the future.
In fact, to get a better idea of how many states have already embraced the ELD mandate, check out this map from Overdrive. It highlights which states have adopted the ELD mandate on the same timeline as the FMCSA's timeline, which states are on a delayed timeline for adoption, and which states have not announced a timeline for ELD implementation. Note: The map has not been updated with the recent news about California, Oregon, and Wisconsin's adoption of electronic logging devices.
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