Industry Update: ELD Mandate Loopholes and Congressional Recess

The long road to the ELD mandate

Did you Know?

The first semi-trailer was invented in 1914 by Fruehauf Trailers. Originally invented to haul boats, the trailers became immediately popular. Fruehauf Trailers are still in business today and are one of the largest trailer companies in the U.S.

ELD Mandate VIN Loophole

The FMCSA has done some work to close a loophole in the ELD mandate. Originally, the ELD mandate had allowed those with pre-2000 model trucks to be exempt from the mandate. This was due to the fact that the mandate was going to source the VIN on the body of the truck to determine if an exemption existed. Now they are going to use the VIN from the engine. While they are not asking for the VIN number of the engine to be carried in the cabin with the driver, they are going to be diligently checking if any and all documentation surrounding engine replacements and repairs are properly accounted for. This change enacted in part due to a number of drivers and carriers looking for bodies older than 2000 models and retrofitting them to their current chassis. Now if you have a truck that is older than a 2000 model but your engine is not, you will need to comply with the mandate.

Trucking Tip of the Week

Protect your reputation. This goes for both carriers and brokers. Be organized so you can do your due diligence to prove or disprove any issues that may arise. Remember, communication is the key. Bring up issues to the parties that you are working with to ensure you are seen as a strong, dependable business partner.

Potential ELD-elay

Two weeks ago, Congressman Babin (R-TX) introduced a bill aimed at delaying the ELD mandate by two years. While this bill has received some support in the U.S. House of Representatives, garnering 13 co-sponsors, the reception in the U.S. Senate has been less warm. Early reports indicate the Senate is not rushing to bring this issue to the floor, even if it’s passed through the House. As it stands, the Senate’s version of the DOT spending bill for 2018 did not include the delay for cattle haulers, contrary to the House bill. More to come as information becomes available.

Congress will be in out for recess from Aug. 4 – Sept. 5, so no action on any bill will occur until after that point.

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Regulatory Affairs Analyst Jeremy Feucht follows the latest political and legislative processes, along with their potential effects, on the trucking industry. He has worked in the U.S. Senate and has served as a member of Planning and Zoning, City Council, and Urban Renewal boards.