The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), a group of U.S. and Canadian commercial truck enforcement officials, said today that effective April 1 it will begin writing vehicle out-of-service orders to drivers who fail to comply with the U.S. government's requirement that virtually all trucks built after the year 2000 be equipped with some type of on-board logging device.
Barring Congressional action to stop or delay it, the so-called Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate will take effect Dec. 18. However, the CVSA, whose members conduct roadside inspections and write out-of-service orders, have set an April 1 deadline for taking vehicles out of service in order to give stakeholders additional time to adjust to the mandate. Until now, there had been no set deadline for the start of writing out-of-service orders for ELD non-compliance.
Effective Dec. 18, enforcement personnel will begin documenting violations on roadside inspection reports and, at the jurisdiction's discretion, issue citations to drivers operating vehicles without a compliant logging device.
Truckers can continue to use a grandfathered automatic onboard recording device, but must convert to the mandated ELD device no later than Dec. 16, 2019. Many of the larger truck fleets are using the on-board recorders in their cabs.