Beginning December 17, 2019, at 12:01 a.m., motor carriers and drivers subject to the ELD rule must use self-certified ELDs that are registered with FMCSA to record their hours-of-service data. If a driver or motor carrier fails to use an ELD when one is required, the driver and motor carrier will be in in violation of the ELD rule and will be cited in accordance with 49 CFR 395.8(a)(1); and the driver will be placed out-of-service in accordance with the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance OOS criteria.
Don’t forget to:
- Select and install registered, self-certified ELDs.
- Train your drivers and administrative staff on using the ELDs you have selected to record, edit, certify, and transfer hours-of-service data.
- Familiarize yourself with your device’s supported data transfer methods, and ensure all vehicles have the instructions required per § 395.22(h).
Exceptions and Exemptions to the ELD Rule Will Remain in Effect
The ELD exceptions delineated in the ELD rule and the ELD exemptions announced by FMCSA will not be impacted by the December 16 deadline. Motor carriers and drivers who operate under these exceptions and exemptions will continue to be able to use alternate methods of record-keeping after ELD full compliance goes into effect.
To learn more about the phases of ELD Implementation, view the ELD Implementation Timeline
NEW: Searchable ELD Frequently Asked Questions
The ELD website now offers an easier way to view the frequently asked questions on the ELD rule and technical specifications. Browse by categories or search by key terms to find the information you need.