Efforts to change ELD mandate for smaller carriers gain steam in Congress
A panel of lawmakers in the U.S. House on Monday issued a report advising the U.S. DOT to study whether a “full or targeted delay” of the federal electronic logging device mandate for small carriers, such as owner-operators, is warranted.
The House Appropriations Committee, which is comprised of 51 representatives, issued its report Monday night when it stamped approval on legislation that funds the DOT through the 2018 fiscal year. Though the legislation itself, if enacted, secures a compliance extension for livestock haulers, it does not offer any broader relief from ELD compliance. The legislation also does not include a requirement that FMCSA perform the study. Rather, the direction for the study is only included in a corollary report explaining the legislation and the policy reforms it includes. As-is, truckers must begin using electronic logging devices by Dec. 18.
“The committee is concerned by reports of serious complications associated with implementation,” the report reads. “In light of the heavy burden of this mandate, especially on small carriers, the committee directs the Department to analyze whether a full or targeted delay in ELD implementation and enforcement would be appropriate.” The report asks FMCSA to produce its findings within 60 days.