January 18, 2019
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Today, the NYS Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) issued and emergency/proposed rulemaking to adopt the 2017 edition of the federal regulations, which includes the ELD mandate. Effective TODAY, the state has the authority to enforce the mandate, and we have been informed that carriers not in compliance with the mandate will be placed “OUT-OF-SERVICE”.
The ELD applies to most motor carriers and drivers who are currently required to maintain records of duty status (RODS) per Part 395, 49 CFR 395.8(a). The rule applies to commercial buses as well as trucks, and to Canada- and Mexico-domiciled drivers.
The ELD rule allows limited exceptions to the ELD mandate, including:
• Drivers who operate under the short-haul exceptions may continue using timecards; they are not required to keep RODS and will not be required to use ELDs.
• Drivers who use paper RODS for not more than 8 days out of every 30-day period.
• Drivers who conduct drive-away-tow-away operations, in which the vehicle being driven is the commodity being delivered.
• Drivers of vehicles manufactured before 2000.
We highly recommend using the ELD provider KeepTruckin. You can click here, fill out the form, and you will be contacted directly by KeepTruckin. We find them to be the most cost effective and their program provides accurate data if an Audit does present itself for your company.
At the start of 2017, there will be 6- digit MC numbers issued to all new candidates by the agency coming from a pool of recycled numbers that were never issued or unused. The FMSCA warns that some systems may need to be changed. This will be to welcome the motor carrier numbers longer than 6-digits. These revisions to the MC number will not disrupt any existing DOT numbers or MC numbers.
Information is being requested by IRP and IFTA. Your opinion is needed on the new data system that would relieve motor carriers from presenting IRP and IFTA credentials. Motor carriers would show status electronically. This crossover requests the opinion of the industry that it affects. IRP and IFTA would like your response in a timely manner to push this overall concept.
Road checks will be conducted between June 5th and June 7th by the CVSA. The focus will be on the compliance of Hours of Services (HOS). These inspections will be for commercial vehicles and drivers.
Photographs will be taken in Baltimore starting March 19th of trucks driving on prohibited routes. This will identify the owner and company by the registration. Fines will be sent out. 1st offense is a warning. 2nd offense will be $125.00. 3rd Offense will be $250.00.
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