ELD Mandate On the Way, Says FMCSA Official

February 12, 2015

By Jim Beach

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Joe DeLorenzo, FMCSA director, office of enforement & compliance, presented a regularoy update during Omnitracs' Outlook user conference in Dallas on Feb. 10. Photo: Jim Beach
Joe DeLorenzo, FMCSA director, office of enforement & compliance, presented a regularoy update during Omnitracs' Outlook user conference in Dallas on Feb. 10. Photo: Jim Beach

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will publish its final rule mandating the use of electronic logging devices some time this year, according to Joe DeLorenzo, director of FMCSA’s office of enforcement and compliance.

Speaking at the Omnitracs Outlook user conference in Dallas Feb. 10, DeLorenzo said that when he’s talking about ELDs, he’s talking about the upcoming rule. “There are no ELDs right now,” he said. Rather current regulations refer to automated onboard recording devices (49 CFR 395.15).

The reasons for the ELD mandate are pretty straight forward, he said. FMCSA believes the devices will improve safety and will improve the recording of drivers’ hours and cut down on citations that result from simple paperwork errors driver may make.

The ELD rule will also provide uniformity. “Right now, there are a lot of devices out there,” he said. “We’ll get to a point with this rule where we will have uniformity” across the industry. A key point for carriers, he said is to “know the difference between the devices you are using now and make sure your drivers are well versed in how to use them.”

On the topic of how crashes and accountability and how that is recorded in the agency’s SMS, he noted, “it’s a difficult topic.” He noted that a recent study tried to address how the agency handles accountability. It’s a difficult situation because while they found that police accident reports could be useful in determining accountability, “we don’t get police accident reports on all crashes.” Plus, when they compared police accident reports with the fatal accident reporting system (FARS), they found there was a fair amount of data mismatch. “There were data quality issues. When we compared the two, they weren’t matching.” He said they were “looking for help,” on the subject, trying to find data sources that could be of value in determining crash accountability.

As for requesting that inaccurate data be corrected on a carriers CSA reports via the DataQs method, he advised carriers “take the time to file a good one” and make sure to file all the appropriate information – anything the carrier has that will substantiate their information.

He also talked about the changes to the 34-hour restart provision in drivers’ hours of service rules that went into effect at the end of December. Certain aspects of the rule 34-hour rule that require two 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. periods during the 34 hours had been suspended until Sept. 30 pending another study on the issue. He noted that the 34-hour restart was to provide flexibility to the industry and that the rule that is important for fleets is the 60/70 hour rule, he said “I’ve never seen a study get off the ground as quickly as this one.”

He also talked about the recent change regarding driver vehicle inspection reports. Carriers are no longer required to file DVIRs if no defects are found. However, that does not mean drivers are not required to perform those inspections. And he said, the revision “does not change the fact that you have to keep them on file for a period of time.”

The biggest rules coming up, of course will be the final ELD rule and a proposed rule on Safety Fitness Determination. He advised carriers to check out the agency's CSA website to learn more about CSA, check company safety records, order driver records and to request data reviews.


  1. 1. Jason C.Johnson [ February 13, 2015 @ 07:30AM ]

    Mr.DeLoerenzo must have a college degree which is making him think he is so smart. He must be clueless of the reality world we live in and of what we put up with out her in the real world of trucking! My opinion only, he's Like our big government and so is anyone else that supports this! Clueless and under educated in the American working class! Traffic:road conditions, shippers/receivers and the list goes on... Guys like me don't like guys like Mr.DeLoerenzo cuz they are trying to mess with me and my family... And my lively hood... It's simply pathetic what this world is and has come too

  2. 2. chris [ February 13, 2015 @ 12:33PM ]

    All these people will be glad when this rule becomes law. If we could find out somehow, I would say most of these assholes, passing this law, are vested into the companies that make this device. Anyone want to bet me on this?

  3. 3. Luis [ February 13, 2015 @ 01:43PM ]

    Us truckers have to stand together if they wana change they way we bring goods to shelves let them do it themselves an see wat it really takes to keep this country moving every single day cuz 14 hours and your bullshit regs aint cutting it out here. I hope us truckers unite we the real stuff hits the fan because this is an outrage and an attack kn the real working men an women of the industry its a disgrace. I own a sma fleet an prob gonna go under because of all the red tape in this industry i say we go park them in Washington an leave them there an see how they when the shelves start looking empty...stand together

  4. 4. John [ February 13, 2015 @ 02:34PM ]

    I can finally retire!

  5. 5. Dinah [ February 13, 2015 @ 02:41PM ]

    I have no doubt that the regulators invested in ELD stocks prior to starting down this path to require ELD's. The larger trucking companies love it, best way to drive out smaller competition, they can then charge whatever rates they choose, and another industry is ruined due to over-regulation by our government. If trucking companies would all unite and stand up against this as well as the general take over of our freedoms, we would all be better off; sadly, that's never going to happen.

  6. 6. Butch [ February 13, 2015 @ 05:34PM ]

    Werner's pioneered ELD's and look at their safety rating and the fatalities they have each year. It's all a bunch of false security to the public. ELD's will change nothing.

  7. 7. steve [ February 13, 2015 @ 08:11PM ]

    I'd like to see Rates regulated again, fair rates would equal better equipment, better working conditions, and should result in not requiring to haul so many loads annually to make a good living, a driver could mentally relax not stressing to make ends meet. it would result in a safer driver. I could go on but.... no decision makers are listening...

  8. 8. Penny [ February 15, 2015 @ 01:35AM ]

    All these regulations are going to accomplish is to create more traffic,thus more accidents: higher rates, thus higher consumer cost. Reason you ask? #1-If we all have to comply with there rigid hours of service, which never take into account that most of us drive truck BECAUSE we can schedule ourselves, and 9 to 5 just doesn't work for us-well the companys will have to have more trucks to manage the current freight. More trucks-more drivers-more chance of an accident. So it follows they will have to raise the rates to cover their expenses, which of course will pass to the consumer. Don't get too excited about higher rates--after 40+ years of doing this, a 2% rate increase usually equates to about a 10% consumer increase. So now we can look forward to doing our job with BIG BROTHER in the truck with us, and our standard of living dropping again. Hail to the IGNORANT LIBERALS who always think they KNOW what is best for Everyone but themselves

  9. 9. Clarence [ February 15, 2015 @ 06:08PM ]

    If the government wanted drivers to stay uber legal , the would give a minimum daily wage starting at 300$. An airline pilot makes at least that we are responsible for just as many lives per day as they are plus those lives in truckosphere can get road rage and cause a wreck no matter what a trucker does.
    In short if you want drivers not to break the law to get that 100 extra miles , take the industry off the per mile pay scale.

  10. 10. Bill [ February 18, 2015 @ 04:38PM ]

    I really wish the entire auto/truck/tractor groups would ban together and tell Washington to " F-off". The damned politicians have to constantly come up with new laws, rules and regulations to justify their miserable jobs. A huge bunch of useless parasites on our backs.

  11. 11. Bill [ February 18, 2015 @ 04:40PM ]

    I really wish the entire auto/truck/tractor groups would ban together and tell Washington to screw off. The damned politicians have to constantly come up with new laws, rules and regulations to justify their miserable jobs. A huge bunch of useless parasites on our backs.

  12. 12. Richard Pingel [ February 19, 2015 @ 11:23AM ]

    This is old news considering that FMCSA has just announced the delay in The ELD mandate. The administration can say what ever they want, but this mandate is by no means imminent.

  13. 13. Bill Hood [ March 02, 2015 @ 10:24AM ]

    Most of this is a joke. What everyone is saying is they don't follow the HOS now because the only difference an ELD is going to make is that you hours are recorded on a computer that can't be easily altered vs. the driver doing it with pen and paper. You are providing the ammunition for the true believers with your ignorant arguments.

  14. 14. Steve [ March 16, 2015 @ 04:39AM ]

    I am 52 years old and in my 29th year of driving. I have seen so many changes. I'm sure the ELD rule looks great on paper, until your actually in the drivers seat. The ELD's won't compensate for rush hour, construction, breakdowns, detours, extended time at a shipper or recievers, it knows nothing about the best times to go thru certain cities and Interstate corridors to avoid heavy traffic ,ect.... I'm impressed with the fact that the ELD will tell you when your tired and when your not. ( Sarcastic). It has no idea how long you have actually been awake, but that's OK because when the clock says you can drive, tired or not, you better go if you want to make a living, because the ELD knows better. After all, it's about Safety. I wonder if the FMCSA Director had even had an occupation in the transportation industry. Nothing is more annoying then someone who knows very little about our occupation telling us how to do Our job. The Director should also take a look at parking issues, truck stops, rest areas. It seems like parking is at a Premium after 5pm. So now even truck stops are taking parking spaces and making them Pay Parking. There is also the issue with going to your destination and finding out there is No truck parking, and plastered signs on the streets threatening parking citations. As an Owner Operator, I Think this is a very bad idea,

  15. 15. bennie [ April 20, 2015 @ 12:38PM ]

    Really who wants to be a prisoner to a truck this is why the turn over rate is so high then u cant go home stayin out 2 -3 weeks at a time for low wages some drivers r homeless some living in poverty


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