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New CVSA bulletin outlines procedures for checking ELDs at roadside

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, the partnership of law enforcement and truck- and bus-industry representatives across North America, has added an inspection bulletin outlining officer and driver responsibilities during inspections of hours of service when the driver is using an electronic logging device.

The document, accessible via this link, outlines expected inspection procedures for ELD-involved hours inspections, likewise exemptions to the ELD mandate rule. Intended for use primarily by inspectors, it also outlines driver responsibilities when it comes to the process of transferring data from an ELD to roadside software for analysis, depending on the method utilized within the ELD and at the roadside.

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CVSA says the new inspection bulletin also came alongside some updates to the long-existing bulletin for inspectors of truckers utilizing previous-generation Automatic Onboard Recording Devices (AOBRDs), grandfathered for legal use to record drivers’ hours through Dec. 16, 2019, as long as they were in place prior to the Dec. 18, 2017, initial enforcement date of the ELD mandate.

New and updated bulletins are an outgrowth in part from the Dec. 7, 2017, meeting of the CVSA board of directors in Alexandria, Va., where the board voted to add the bulletins to the myriad of resources it provides to roadside officers, drivers and carriers.

All CVSA inspection bulletins are available at this link.

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Todd Dills is Senior Editor of Overdrive magazine and writes from Nashville, Tenn. He frequently covers business, regulatory and lifestyle topics for the magazine and at OverdriveOnline.com. His work on the “CSA’s Data Trail” series in Overdrive about the federal CSA program was awarded the highest honor in trade journalism – the “Grand Neal” – by American Business Media at the 2014 Jesse H. Neal Awards. Dills’ Channel 19 blog covers a grab bag of on-highway hearsay, owner-operator news and driver views from the roadways the nation over. His work in trucking journalism builds on a background of news feature, fiction and other creative writing and editing. Find him here at the Channel 19 blog and via his Twitter feed, or send tips to tdills@randallreilly.com or via phone at 205-907-2481.