The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has rejected a request to exempt small carriers with clean safety records from needing to comply with the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate.
The request was submitted last November by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA). It asked for the FMCSA to exempt any carrier which met the requirements from being forced to use ELDs. Requirements included fitting the definition of a small business (under $27.5 million in yearly revenue), having no at-fault crashes, and not having an Unsatisfactory safety rating.
OOIDA hoped to allow safe independent truckers, owner-operators, and small fleets to operate using paper logs for an additional five years. But FMCSA rejected the request. Details as to why have not yet been published in the Federal Register.
“We are puzzled and disappointed at the response from the agency,” said Todd Spencer, executive vice president of OOIDA said according to Heavy Duty Trucking. “For months, the FMCSA has been granting exemptions to other organizations, some not even actually in trucking, but relying on trucks for their businesses.”
OOIDA’s request had received a great deal of support, including from at least 24 members of Congress who co-signed a letter to the FMCSA endorsing the request.
Others were happy to take FMCSA’s side. “ATA is pleased that FMCSA has once again rejected an attempt to delay or subvert this important safety regulation,” said ATA spokesman Sean McNally.