Craig Safety ELD Whitepaper

January 27, 2015  |  By  | 

©2015 Craig Safety, Inc. All rights reserved. Neither the publication nor any part thereof may be reproduced in any manner without written permission of Craig Safety, Inc. Every truck will be required at some point to have an Electronic Logging Device and along with that device are several pieces to a slowly unraveling puzzle. This will mean that many drivers and companies will be scrambling at the last moment to get the devices in place. If they do not know what they must do, when it needs to be done and what the options are, they can be caught behind equipment backorders and even buy something that does not fit the regulations, thus wasting time and money. The History The history of Electronic On-Board Recorders (EOBRs) goes back much further than seems possible. According to OO IDA’s Land Line Publication; February 1990- The National Transportation Safety Board recommended that EOBRs be mandatory for all heavy trucks. August 1995 – Several highway safety and advocates petitioned the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to require EOBRs. April 2000 – Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for the Hours of Service (HOS) which reduced the driving time and required the use of an EOBR to record HOS. April 2003 – The first revision of the HOS regulations was announced, without an EOBR mandate. July 2004 – A court ruling (Public Citizen et al v. FMCSA) tossed the first attempt at revamping the HOS regulations and scolded the agency for failing to estimate the costs and benefits of EOBRs. February 2006 – FMCSA Administrator Annette Sandberg resigned her post. She then told a trucking trade publication that unresolved issues with HOS regulations play a role in the EOBR rulemaking delay. January 2007 – FMCSA moved forward with a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would require EOBRs for so –called “bad actor” carrier s in the industry. April 2010 – FMCSA’s EOBR final rule was published in the Federal Register on April 5. It went into effect June 4, 2010, with full compliance mandated by June 4, 2012. The rule ordered companies that have a 10% or greater violation rate of HOS regulations be required to have EOBRs. June 2010 – OOIDA filed a petition for review with the United States Court of Appeals.