The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has removed ELD ONE from the list of registered electronic logging devices (ELD).
FMCSA is urging drivers and companies that use ELD to switch to a different ELD provider within 60 days of Jan. 31. Paper logs can be used to cover the short time they are transferring service, but only for eight days, according to federal regulations.
ELD ONE has been placed on the revoked devices list due to the company’s violations of Section 126.96.36.199 of 49 CFR part 395 subpart B, Appendix A.
The rule requires an ELD without a printer to be designed so that “an authorized safety official may reasonably view the display without entering the commercial motor vehicle.”
This rule covers the ability of an ELD to be viewed on a mobile device, such as a cell phone or tablet. In most situations, the driver hands over the device to the inspector, who uses the inspection mode to enter their credentials, look over the information stored and send copies to their patrol vehicle.
Ban could be reversed
TMS ONE, the product’s manufacturer, can reverse the ban if it resolves the issues that led to its removal. In a message ELD ONE posted on its Facebook page, it blamed the problem on a “temporary malfunction” and assured clients a fix was on the way.
“Our team is currently undergoing a development process to improve the system, with an update set to be released on Feb. 15. As a result of this update, we recommend that you temporarily use a paper log book to temporarily track your hours of service, instead of the driver application. Our team is working diligently to resolve this issue as soon as possible, and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.”
FMCSA will send an industry-wide email to let motor carriers know that all who use an ELD ONE device must discontinue using the device and revert to paper logs or logging software to record hours of service data. Secondly, they must replace the device with a compliant ELD from the registered devices list before April 1.
If ELD ONE corrects all identified deficiencies, FMCSA will place it back on the list of registered devices and inform the industry.
Carriers urged to act now
For now, safety officials are encouraged not to cite drivers using ELD ONE for not having a functioning ELD. Instead, safety officials should request the driver’s paper logs, logging software, or use the ELD ONE display as a backup method to review the hours of service data.
Beginning April 1, motor carriers who continue to use the ELD ONE will be considered to be operating without an ELD. Safety officials who encounter a driver using the ELD ONE on or after April 1 could cite and place the driver out-of-service in accordance with the CVSA OOS Criteria.
FMCSA strongly encourages motor carriers to take the actions listed above now to avoid compliance issues in case the ELD ONE’s deficiencies are not addressed in time.
For more information on ELDs, visit FMCSA’s ELD implementation website.