2013 seems to have brought more questions than answers to the table of trucking companies, thanks in a large part to Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act. USDOT’s progress on implementing the requirements of MAP-21 have been slow and tedious. The area of Map-21 that is of particular concern to trucking companies is the mandate for electronic on-board recorders. 2013 has been filled with missed final rule deadlines, court injunctions trying to block the mandate and senate subcommittee hearings questioning the validity of the studies used to pass the bill that mandates EOBR/ELDs.
It’s been more than seven months of waiting on the proposed Electronic Logging Device rule mandate, and it is looking like the rule has cleared the White House’s office of Management and Budget. With this in motion it seems as though a Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking will be published by the end of the month.
This new rule has four parts, according to the DOT:
- Requiring drivers now required to keep records of duty status to use an Electronic Logging Device (aka Electronic Onboard Recorder)
- Detailing performance and design standards of the devices
- Noting supporting documents drivers will still need to carry
- Addressing driver harassment concerns
The Department of Transportation released its monthly report updating the progress of rulemakings March 11. The projected date to clear OMB is March 28 and will be published April 9.
While it is easy to take a negative approach when it comes to reviewing the bill, it is becoming more and more apparent that companies are embracing the EOBR/ELD technology for its efficiencies. The idea that companies can save time and money by embracing EOBR/ELDs seemed far-fetched a few years ago. The leaders in transportation are saving time and are able to streamline their operations using EOBR/ELD technologies that are leading to safer, productive and more efficient operations. Fleets need faster, more convenient access to reliable information to find efficiencies in order to survive or gain a competitive advantage. The initial resistance to EOBR/ELDs is giving way to more efficient and profitable companies in the industry.