What Do I Need to Know?
The ELD Rule applies to most motor carriers and drivers who are currently required to maintain records of duty status (RODS). The rule applies to commercial buses as well as trucks. Canada- and Mexico-domiciled drivers are included, unless they qualify for one of the exceptions to the ELD rule
ELD Rule Exceptions
The following are not required to use ELDs (but carriers may choose to use ELDs even if they are not required):
Drivers who use paper logs no more than 8 days during any 30-day period.
Driveaway-towaway drivers (transporting an empty vehicle for sale, lease, or repair).
Drivers of vehicles manufactured before model year 2000.
Carriers must evaluate and select ELDs, and ensure they are installed and drivers and administrative staff are trained to use them by the deadline that applies (December 16, 2019 for carriers using AOBRDs or December 18, 2017) for those using paper logs or logging software.
Hours-of-Service Regulations Summary of December 2011 Final Rule Maximum Driving Hours - FMCSA retained the current 11 hour driving time limit, but placed a limit on the number of consecutive driving hours. No driving may occur if more than 8 consecutive hours have passed since the last break of 30 minutes or more. Restart - The FMCSA is completing a lengthy study on the 34 hour restart. Drivers are permitted to use the restart provision at any time that they acquire a break of at least 34 hours. The results of the study will be coming out mid-year 2016 and will determine as to the whether the 34 hour restart will remain eligible any time a driver achieves a 34 hour rest break or if it will resort back to the once per week with a 34 hour break which includes two periods of off duty periods between 1:00 AM to 5:00 AM. 14 Consecutive Hour Day (now called Driving Window) - The rule retains a 14 consecutive hour driving window. With a 30 minute rest break, maximum on-duty time within the 14 hour window is 13.5 hours. No driving may occur after 14 consecutive hours since coming on duty; non-driving work is allowed past the 14 hour driving window. Mandatory Rest Break - Drivers will not be permitted to drive if 8 hours have passed since their last break of 30 minutes or more. (Only 1 break may be required depending upon timing). Off-Duty in A Parked CMV or In Passenger Seat - The rule includes a new "on-duty" definition that allows drivers to record time spent in a parked CMV as off-duty time. Also, team drivers would be permitted to record up to 2 hours of time spent in the passenger seat of a CMV in operation as off-duty time, if it is just before or after an 8 hour sleeper berth period. Oilfield Exemption - Waiting time at an oil well or natural gas site will not count toward calculation of the 14 hour window but must be recorded as off-duty on a paper or electronic log. Egregious Violations - A driver who exceeds, and/or a motor carrier that allows a driver to exceed, the driving time limit by 3 hours or more is considered to have committed an egregious violation and be subject to the maximum civil penalties of $2,700 for drivers and $11,000 for motor carriers - for each offense. Effective Date & Compliance Date - This rule was effective in late February 2012, and the new "on-duty" definition, the oilfield exemption change, and the egregious violations provisions become effective then. Interstate motor carriers and drivers are not required to comply with the remainder of the new rules (the restart changes and the rest break requirement) until July 1, 2013
$172.202 Description of hazardous material on shipping papers: *As you can see, the U N# is now listed first on the shipping paper
(a)The shipping description of a hazardous material on the shipping paper must include:
(1)The identification number prescribed for the material as shown in Column (4) of the $172.101 table;
(2)The proper shipping name prescribed for the material in Column (2) of the $172.101 table;
(3)The hazard class or division number prescribed for the material, as shown in Column (3) of the $172.101 table. The subsidiary hazard class or division number is not required to be entered when a corresponding subsidiary hazard label is not required. Except for combustible liquids, the subsidiary hazard class(es) or subsidiary division number(s) must be entered in parentheses immediately following the primary hazard class or division number. In addition-
(i)The words "Class" or "Division" may be included preceding the primary and subsidiary hazard class or division numbers.
(ii)The hazard class need not be included for the entry "Combustible liquid, n.o.s."
The final rule prohibits commercial drivers from using a hand-held mobile telephone while operating a commercial truck or bus. Drivers who violate the restriction will face federal civil penalties of up to $2,750 for each offense and disqualification from operating a commercial motor vehicle for multiple offenses. Additionally, states will suspend a driver's commercial driver's license (CDL) after two or more serious traffic violations. Commercial truck and bus companies that allow their drivers to use hand-held cell phones while driving will face a maximum penalty of $11,000. Approximately four million commercial drivers would be affected by this final rule.
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