Although there are less than 4 months left for the ELD mandate deadline, there are some groups who are still seeking exemptions from it.
As per recent news, The Pipe Line Contractors Associations (PLCA) has requested the FMCSA to grant them ELD exemption. Additionally, MBI Energy Services, a water service hauling fleet that works in nearly 5 states, has also requested the exemption.
Following are the details.
The Pipe Line Contractor Association (PLCA) has requested an exemption from the ELD mandate on the premise that their drivers mostly use the short-haul exemption, but sometimes exceed the limit for more than 8 days in a 30-day period.
The association also claimed that they rarely work on public roads and, while availing the short-haul exemption, some drivers may not come back to the work-reporting site within 12 hours as the short-haul exemption enforces.
MBI Energy Services presented multiple arguments. Since the fleet is primarily seeking an exemption for single-passenger cabs, it says that the space is very limited and installing ELDs may reduce driver visibility. Furthermore, the fleet also stated that these single-passenger trucks are almost always used in remote areas — not on public roads or highways.
Additionally, MBI also said that the business demands might require them to exceed the short-haul limit for more than 8 days in a 30-day period. However, if granted exemption from the ELD mandate, the fleet would continue to maintain paper logs for maintaining Records of Duty Status (RODS).
The FMCSA has heard both the cases and is taking public comments. You can add your opinion and comment by visiting https://www.regulations.gov/. To comment on the PLCA request, use Docket No. FMCSA-2017-0175 and for the MBI Energy Services, use Docket No. FMCSA-2017-0166. The comment period for both the requests will be ending soon.
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