Blog title: changes to ELD mandate in CVSA out-of-service handbookThe Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) has released an updated version of the out-of-service criteria handbook. These updates included additional criteria related to electronic logging devices (ELDs), but they were added as footnotes – not highlighted in the handbook itself like they usually are – making them easy to miss. How will these changes impact you?

What Are The Updates?

It can be tricky to stay up-to-date with the nitty gritty details of the ELD mandate. That being said, it’s important to have a comprehensive understanding of these details in order to avoid penalties. This is where BigRoad comes in. We keep an eye on things so that you don’t have to!

According to Overdrive, the following footnotes were added to the CVSA out-of-service criteria handbook. All of these changes go into effect on December 18, 2017 (the ELD mandate compliance deadline):

  • truck inspection 1 mile ahead signIf a driver is using an ELD that is not authorized by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) by December 18, 2017, the driver/carrier is considered to have no record of duty. The penalty is 8 consecutive hours out-of-service.

    The only exception here is AOBRDs: If you can prove that you had an AOBRD in your vehicle before December 18, 2017, you can keep using it in your vehicle until December 16, 2019 – two full years after the ELD mandate comes into effect. Check out our article on the differences between an AOBRD and ELD for more details.
  • If a driver is unable to produce or transfer data from an AOBRD or ELD to an authorized safety official, the driver is considered to have no record of duty status. The penalty is 8 consecutive hours out-of-service. Acceptable forms of data transfer include: email, on-screen, print, fax, or through the Electronic Records of Duty Status (eROD) system (once available).
  • If a driver indicates use of a special driving category (like yard move) when not involved in that activity, the driver’s log is considered to be false. The penalty is 8 consecutive hours out-of-service.
  • If a driver with a malfunctioning AOBRD or ELD fails to reconstruct logs for the current 24-hour period and the previous 7 days, the driver is considered to not have the previous 7 days of logs.
  • If a driver does not repair a malfunctioning ELD within 8 days, or obtain an extension from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Division Administrator, the driver is considered to have no record of duty. The penalty is 8 consecutive hours out-of-service.
  • If a driver does not log into the ELD, the driver is considered to have no record of duty. The penalty is 8 consecutive hours out-of-service.
  • If a driver is required to have an ELD and the vehicle is not equipped with one, the driver is considered to have no record of duty. The penalty is 8 consecutive hours out-of-service.

Why Do These Changes Matter?

These updates prove how important it is to:truck driving into the distance

  • Choose a device that’s compliant with the ELD mandate. The last thing you want is to purchase a solution and then find out it’s not compliant when you’re pulled over for a DOT inspection.
  • Ensure that the company you choose offers amazing customer service. If you do experience any difficulties with your ELD, you need to know that you can get in touch with someone – and quickly.
  • Keep up to date with the ELD mandate. Things are constantly being updated and you need to know how these changes will impact you.

How BigRoad Can Help

Our DashLink ELD is a simple, affordable, and flexible compliance solution. We make it easy to produce data during a DOT inspection and our amazing customer service team is always here to lend a hand when you need them. Request a demo to see our solution in action!

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About the Author: Alecz Sallows

Alecz Sallows

Alecz is a Marketing Specialist at BigRoad. She loves her cat, red wine, and desserts (despite being a terrible baker who consistently misses ingredients).