ELD mandate law enforcement grace period is over

The three-month law enforcement grace period for trucks to be equipped with electronic logging devices is over.

As of April 1, drivers caught without ELDs are due to be placed out of service for 10 hours, and may have points added to their Compliance, Safety, Accountability program scores, or could even be assessed a civil fine.

Collin Mooney, executive director of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, said that after the 10-hour out-of-service order is completed, drivers can use paper records of duty to get to their final destination.

“But they can’t be re-dispatched until they have an ELD installed,” Mooney said.

“Some inspectors or officers may just place the driver out of service for 10 hours,” Mooney said. “Others may place the driver out of service and issue a citation as well. It’s really up to the officer within each jurisdiction.”

Mooney added, “But we’re recommending that a roadside report is generated for points to be assigned. If no roadside report is generated, then the violation wouldn’t appear on someone’s CSA score.”

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