The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration wants to know how it can improve the clarity of electronic logging device regulations, which have been in effect since 2017.
A Sept. 16 Federal Register notice, citing the five specific areas in which FMCSA is considering changes, was published shortly after the agency removed the ELDorado ELD from its list of registered devices. Back in June, the agency also removed the ArionT ELD from its list of registered devices.
FMCSA seeks industry comments by Nov. 15 for potential changes to the following:
1. Applicability to pre-2000 engines
Many vehicles with pre-2000 engines and most vehicles with rebuilt pre-2000 engines have engine control modules installed that could accommodate an ELD, the agency states. FMCSA wants to know if it should re-evaluate or modify the applicability of the current ELD regulation for rebuilt or remanufactured engines or glider kits.
2. Addressing ELD malfunctions
The current rule requires a driver documenting his or her record of duty status to switch to paper logs when an ELD malfunctions. FMCSA seeks input as to whether carrier and driver responsibilities should be amended to clarify when a driver must switch to paper logs.
3. Removal process from FMCSA's list of certified devices
If an ELD provider goes out of business and fails to self-revoke, should FMCSA be able to immediately remove the device from the registered ELD list? The ELD rule requires providers to keep their information current. However, the rule does not include a time restriction. FMCSA wants to know if it should require ELD providers to update their listing within 30 calendar days of any change to their registration information. Additionally, the agency wants to know if ELD providers should be required to confirm their information on an annual basis, and if they don't, should an ELD provider's device be removed from the registered list if it fails to confirm or update its listing every year?
4. Technical specifications
FMCSA requests information on the impact of including the following data elements to every event:
Actual engine hours