FMCSA Seeking to Build Registry of Approved E-Logging Devices

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The FMCSA this week submitted an “Agency Information Collection” for electronic logging devices to the Office of Management and Budget “for its review and approval and invites public comment on the approval of a new information collection request ¬†entitled, Electronic Logging Device Vendor Registration. This [request] will be used to enable manufacturers of ELDs to register with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).”

On March 28, 2014, the FMCSA published a supplemental notice of proposed rule making, “Electronic Logging Devices and Hours of Service Supporting Documents.”

“Specifically, the final rule proposed: (1) Requiring new technical specifications for ELDs that address statutory requirements; (2) mandating ELDs for drivers currently using RODS. To ensure consistency among manufacturers and devices, functional specifications were published with the SNPRM,” the report states.

The FMCSA is seeking to establish a registry of approved electronic logging devices and manufacturers.

“To ensure consistency among manufacturers and devices, functional specifications were published with the SNPRM. Providers’ certification of compliance to these functional specifications is required. Providers will also be required to register their compliant devices with FMCSA,” the FMCSA states.

Electronic logging device manufacturers will be required to self-certify and register their devices through the FMCSA’s online application.

“The FMCSA will maintain a list on its Web site of the current ELD providers and devices that have been certified (by the providers) to meet the technical specifications. The information will be necessary for fleets and drivers to easily find a compliant ELD for their use in meeting the FMCSA regulation requiring the use of ELDs,” the request states.

The FMCSA is also seeking public comment on this matter.

“You are asked to comment on any aspect of this information collection, including: (1) Whether the proposed collection is necessary for the performance of FMCSA’s functions; (2) the accuracy of the estimated burden; (3) ways for FMCSA to enhance the quality, usefulness, and clarity of the collected information; and (4) ways that the burden could be minimized without reducing the quality of the collected information. The agency will summarize or include your comments in the request for OMB’s clearance of this information collection.”

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