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How DOT and FMCSA Will Handle New Regulations

08.1.2017 - 5:24 PM Comments: 0

Are you in the transportation industry?

If so, then you’ve probably heard a thing or two about the new Electronic Logging Device (ELD) Rule that is going into effect later this year, as in December 2017. The key requirements that make up this new regulation include:

  1. Requiring commercial drivers to prepare hours-of-service records of duty status
  2. Requiring ELDs to be certified and registered with FMCSA for new performance standards
  3. Establishing documentation requirements for drivers and carriers
  4. Prohibiting the harassment of drivers based on ELDs

However, you might still be wondering how exactly the Department of Transportation (DOT) or FMCSA (FMCSA) will handle these new regulations, especially as they still can’t process data yet.

To help you out, use our guide below to how the government plans on handling these requirements as the new rule go into effect this year.

Unified Registration System

First off, the FMCSA plans on monitoring and ensuring compliance with regulations through a phased rollout of the Unified Registration System (URS).

All new registration applicants will be required to use this new application technology, which will help carriers, freight forwarders, and brokers to register and update their information into one online registration application.

For those already registered with FMCSA, you will continue using the existing agency forms and processes to handle these regulations, such as:

  • Processing conduct updates
  • Seeking additional registration authorities
  • Making administrative filings
  • Other registration related transactions

It should be noted that though the URS has yet to go into full effect, this new system is intended to increase efficiency by streamlining the registration process for the industry, and enabling the FMCSA to maintain more accurate information on the entities it regulates.

Upon implementation, all new applications and updates to existing records will be handled through the new technology.

Enforcement Procedures

To help you determine just when the FMCSA will start rolling things out on their end and processing everything correctly, the timeline below can help you out.

Prior to Compliance Date of ELD Rule

As the DOT and FMCSA are still not ready to process data, carriers and drivers still have time to prepare and voluntarily use ELDs until December 2017.

Meaning that for now, carriers and drivers can use whichever method they prefer for records of duty status, such as:

  • Paper logs
  • Logging software
  • Automatic On Board Recording Devices (AOBRDs)
  • ELDs that are registered and listed on the FMCSA website

Phased-In Compliance Phase

After December 2017, carriers and drivers have a period of two years to use:

  • AOBRDs that were installed prior to December 2017
  • Certified, registered ELDs that followed the ELD Rule publication from 2015

Full Compliance Phase

Then, upon December 2019, the ELD Rule will be in full effect and all drivers and carriers are expected to be in compliance. Everyone must use only certified, registered ELDs that comply with the requirements of the ELD regulations.

Bottom Line

Though it will take some more time for everything to sync up together correctly, it is best for all drivers and carriers to make moves towards complete compliance sooner rather than later. This will save you or your business from any stress or financial issues that may come about if you don’t.

And, if you’re still in need of registered ELDs, then look no further than UTECH Corporation. Let us help you with any questions about software development, digital marketing, and technology that you might have in the transportation industry.

Our company is committed to providing quality, useful, and economical products and services for our customers in the industry. We understand the challenges that your business might be facing, and we strive to develop solutions to solve them.

Contact us to see how we can help you out today!

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