FMCSA revokes another ELD from the registry

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has removed the ELDorado ELD from its list of registered electronic logging devices. 

Motor carriers and drivers who use the ELDorado ELD have 60 days from Sept. 7, when the decision took effect, to replace the revoked devices with compliant ELDs, a list of which can be found here

The federal agency cited the cause for the revocation as the company’s failure to meet the minimum requirements established in FMCSA regulations, specifically 49 CFR part 395, subpart B, appendix A. 

The appendix requires ELDs without a printer to be designed so that the display may be reasonably viewed by an authorized safety official without entering the commercial motor vehicle. 

What happens next?

Operators who use the now-revoked ELDorado ELD ERS model must stop using the device and use paper logs or logging software to record hours of service data. They also must replace the device with a compliant ELD before Nov. 7, 2022, or 60 days after the announcement. 

The FMCSA said it would put the ELDorado device back on the registered list if the company “corrects all identified deficiencies,” but that it “strongly encourages” carriers and operators to drop the device. Failure to do so could result in a violation of FMCSA rules, and drivers will be placed out of service in accordance with the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) out-of-service criteria.

Until Nov. 7, the FMCSA said safety officials are encouraged not to cite drivers using ELDorado ELD for 395.8(a)(1), “No record of duty status,” or 395.22(a), “Failed to use a registered ELD.” Safety officials also may “request the driver’s paper logs, logging software, or use the ELDorado ELD display as a backup method to review the hours of service data.”

After Nov. 7

Beginning Nov. 7, 2022, motor carriers who continue to use the revoked device listed above would be considered to be operating without an ELD. Safety officials who encounter a driver using a revoked device on or after Nov. 7, 2022, should cite 395.8(a)(1), 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.

The ELDorado ELD is the second to be revoked this year by FMCSA. The ArionT ELD was revoked from the registry in June.

For more information on ELDs, visit FMCSA’s ELD implementation website.


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