“U.S. Congressman Brian Babin of Texas speaking at the 2016 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).” | Photo by: Gage Skidmore
A little over month and a half after U.S. Representative Brian Babin from Texas introduced a last-minute, stand-alone bill that would delay the enforcement of the FMCSA’s ELD mandate, a related provision on a 2018 appropriations bill has died. On Wednesday, September 6, the U.S. House of Representatives voted on an amending measure that would have restricted DOT funding for enforcement, thereby delaying the enforcement date at least until the end of the 2018 fiscal year.
Originally, the final ELD ruling was published in December of 2015, with a multi-phase implementation and compliance timeline that gives carriers and drivers until December 18, 2017 to obey the mandate. Additionally there’s a leeway period for those grandfathered in by way of ELD’s older sibling, AOBRDs (automatic on-board recording devices), or for those that have older vehicles. Those in the last phase get an extra two years, having until December 16, 2019 to comply. Introduced in July, Babin’s separate solo bill seeks to delay the initial enforcement of ELDs by another two years, but it has yet to be voted on or discussed in the House. Despite some mixed feelings and multiple attempts to prevent or remove the mandate, the core ruling has stayed in place.
With Babin, his co-sponsors, and like-minded individuals within the industry struggling to pass blanket repeals or delays, we might be seeing more of these minor exceptions and changes as we head towards, and past, the mandate’s enforcement date. Fortunately, for some of those with specific concerns, there have been a few minor edits and updates to the bill to protect drivers or carriers who perform certain duties or those in particular situations. However, there are many more out there who are still a little uneasy or unfamiliar with the mandate, and the FMCSA is making attempts to educate and alleviate their anxiety by attending numerous trade shows and events as a part of their “ELD Implementation National Tour 2017”.
Regardless of the success or failure Rep. Brian Babin’s upcoming bill, this issue is not going away anytime soon and will continue to be a hot-button topic for both drivers and regulators for years to come.
Pedigree Technologies, a long-time leading provider of ELD, fleet management, supply and service-chain solutions, proudly announces that the most intuitive, reliable, and compliant ELD solution on the market now has ELD certification with the FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration). With over 7 years providing AOBRD (automatic on-board recording device, now ELD), drivers and fleet managers alike appreciate the ease of use and the superior support they receive from Pedigree Technologies.
“I’ve never been more pleased with such a well-designed and market-oriented application than I am with the formal certification of our ELD Chrome solution,” Wade Wilson, CEO of Pedigree Technologies said. “The company has focused on providing a compliant solution purposefully designed for drivers and enterprise growth. While no one likes regulatory impediments, the related benefits are substantial to the people, and companies that aggressively leverage their potential, highly impacting people, safety, and performance.”
“Pedigree Technologies OneView has long been one of the most robust solutions in the market,” Justin Schmid, Senior Vice President and General Manager of CalAmp’s Telematics Systems Business, said. “They’ve worked closely with us from conception through evolution in making the best products and solutions available for the emerging ELD transportation market. We look forward to supporting their strategy of bringing robust and innovative applications coupled with our device solutions to the ELD transportation market.”
“OneView applications and ELD Chrome are significantly aiding us in driver recruiting and retention, efficiently growing and scaling our business, and improving and maintaining our supplier rankings with our major customers,” Chris Jacobs, IT Maintenance at Venture Express, Inc., said. “In addition, the teamwork and responsiveness of the Pedigree Team is a welcomed benefit.”
“After a complex selection process and having years of experience with systems, we chose OneView applications and ELD Chrome,” Tom Bail, Operations Manager at Energes Services, LLC., explained. “Purposeful design, easy to use, durable and reliable were important to us as was cost/value. However, a major differentiator was Pedigree Technologies’ broader set of applications, superior people and support, and their ability to understand and meet our needs much better. In addition, they bring the ability to grow with us long term.”
“We comprehensively reviewed six different solutions and chose OneView applications and ELD Chrome,” Mike Timberlake, Fleet Director at Moran Environmental Recovery, LLC., said. “Major reasons included reliability, comprehensive applications, ability to grow beyond ‘the highway’, and great people to work with across the entire company.”
Pedigree Technologies is proud to present ELD Chrome to the transportation marketplace as the most intuitive, reliable, and compliant ELD solution available.
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