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Countdown to ELD Mandate: Inspection Challenges and HOS Ruling Delay

ELD Challenges

Since the ELD Mandate deadline of December 18, 2017, there have been many changes to ELD regulations and the adoption of ELD is accelerating. Our customers have shared that transitioning to ELD is not a feature that can be simply turned on and that getting drivers to embrace adoption of the new process takes effort and planning.

The move from automatic on-board recording devices (AOBRD) to ELD has been a challenge, and many companies are waiting to upgrade until all of the exemptions have been finalized. This makes sense, as educating drivers is a big challenge and changing the work rules creates confusion.  

While drivers have been faced with adjusting to new workflows, many customers have relayed that some of their recent challenges are with roadside inspections.

Inspection Challenges

While the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) released a data transfer guide for drivers in January, there is still confusion on how to handle roadside inspections. Some of the confusion comes from the drivers not knowing what data transfer is available for their device or even if they’re using an AOBRD or ELD.  It’s important that drivers know if they are using an AOBRD or ELD device as AOBRD doesn’t support data transfer. Joe from the FMCSA summarizes this well when he says, The “more the driver knows” about the specifics of the device he/she is using, “the better off that inspection will go.” – Joe DeLorenzo, FMCSA Office of Enforcement Director. 1 Inspection officers also have to adapt to different methods of data transfer, so when drivers are familiar with their system and know how to manage the data transfer, inspections will go much more quickly and smoothly.

Inspection Recommendations

It’s recommended that drivers keep an electronic or paper copy of the ELD data transfer instructions. The FMCSA guide is designed to be placed under the driver’s visor and is a good option for drivers to print and keep in their vehicle. Download the FMCSA Driver Guide for step-by-step instructions and troubleshooting tips or refer to the FMCSA ELD Data Transfer Handout. Drivers should also be sure to add notes for all exemptions as these notes are transferred with the data.

FMCSA Delays Proposed Rule for Hours of Service (HOS)

As we draw closer to the December 2019 deadline, the FMCSA continues to consider rule changes and recently announced a delay to the proposed HOS rules that were scheduled to be released on Friday, June 7. An FMCSA representative stated: “FMCSA’s proposed rule on changes to the hours-of-service (HOS) regulations continues to be reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).  The timelines in the Department’s regulatory updates serve as goals for the Agency and are reflective of FMCSA’s plan to move quickly during this rulemaking process. The Agency is hopeful the rule will be published soon.” 2

The FMCSA is still targeting a release in June. We will continue to share the latest ELD news in our countdown to the ELD mandate. In the meantime, watch our Tap & Go video, which enables easy and quick ELD login or visit our ELD Hub and download our ELD Quick Guide.


1. Dills, T. (2018, Aug 23) FMCSA on ELDs and enforcement: Know what you’re dealing with at roadside.
2. Miller, E (2019, Jun 6) FMCSA Delays Public Release of HOS Proposed Rule.