The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), a group designed to provide uniformity in the enforcement of trucking regulations by local, state, and federal officials, recently announced that it would begin the enforcement of the federal electronic logging mandate on December 18, 2017. Inspectors will begin issuing citations on that date to drivers that do not have an electronic logging device. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) required such devices in a final rule issued in 2015. Drivers who utilize the timecard exception or who operate vehicles manufactured before 2000 are among those exempt from complying with the electronic logging rule. There are numerous other exemptions as well.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently published a final rule that establishes a drug and alcohol clearinghouse for the holders of a Commercial Driver's License (CDL). The Commercial Driver's License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse will serve as a central repository for records of violations of the FMCSA drug and alcohol testing program by CDL holders. Compliance with the Clearinghouse rules will be required as of January 6, 2020. The rule is designed to identify the drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) who are ineligible to operate a CMV because of a drug or alcohol violation.
The Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced in December, 2015 that it will require truck drivers to use electronic logging devices ("e-logs") by the end of 2017. The Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA), a trucking association / lobbying group that represents small business truck drivers, filed a lawsuit seeking to bar the government from enforcing the new rule. A 3-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago heard oral arguments in the case on September 13, 2016. The decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals will determine if the mandate is enforced as of December, 2017.
Written by Michael E. Hammond