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The FMCSA denies OOIDA’s request to exempt crash-free small fleets

The FMCSA denies OOIDA’s request to exempt crash-free small fleets

The FMCSA has rejected OOIDA’s request to exempt small carriers with clean safety records from the ELD mandate requirements.

In November 2017, OOIDA filed the ELD exemption request that small businesses that don’t have an unsatisfactory safety rating should be allowed to continue using paper logs to record duty status and hours-of-service information instead of using FMCSA-compliant electronic logging devices.

Small businesses are defined as those with less than $27.5 million in annual revenue.

Now, according to an announcement by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, the FMCSA has denied the request. More details as to why the agency denied OOIDA’s request would surface soon.

According to Todd Spencer, OOIDA’s CEO and President, the association is “puzzled and disappointed” by the FMCSA’s decision to deny the ELD exemption request.

In the original request, the associated stated that “the exemption would not have any adverse impacts on operational safety, as motor carriers and drivers would remain subject to the [hours-of-service] regulations.”

The fact that FMCSA has denied OOIDA’s request further proves that the Agency is fully committed to electronic logging devices. Recently, the FMCSA also released data on how the ELD mandate has improved hours-of-service compliance, which further emphasizes the importance of ELDs. Check out the following infographic for more details.

Infographic - Fewer Hours-of-Service violations after ELD implementation

What’s next?

The FMCSA is fully committed to electronic logging devices, and the ELD mandate is here to stay. If you are without a compliance ELD solution, try KeepTruckin.

The KeepTruckin ELD is FMCSA-compliant, feature-rich, and starts at just $20 per month with no additional charges.

If you are using another ELD solution but want to switch to KeepTruckin, avail our buyout offer. We will help you cover the cost of switching contracts.

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Hunbbel Meer

Hunbbel covers industry trends as a writer and researcher for KeepTruckin. His goal is to help fleets understand how to use KeepTruckin's products and features so they can improve safety, efficiency, and compliance.