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BY LARRY HURRLE, EDITOR 22 IT MAGAZINE Vo l . 8 , N o . 3 A er months of waiting, it appears the use of electronic logging devices will become mandatory for a majority of commercial truck drivers. e Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced a Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking mandating ELDs aer the rule making cleared the White House's Office of Management and Budget in early March. e Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking was published in the Federal Register March 27, which means, aer the 60-day comment period (ending May 27), it would become official sometime in late 2014. Drivers would then have a two-year window to comply, meaning enforcement of the rule would come about sometime in the second half of 2016. e rule comes in on the coat tails of a rule from 2010 that mandated the use of electronic on-board recorders. However, because of questions concerning driver harassment, a federal court vacated that rule in 2011. e rule resurfaced in the latter part of 2013, but did not clear the OMB until the first quarter of 2014. e rule, which is expected to cost between $165 and $832 annually per truck, consists of four major parts. Let's take a quick look at those components and what they mean: WHO MUST USE ELECTRONIC LOGGING DEVICES? All drivers who are required to keep paper records or other records of duty status for eight or more days in every 30-day period must use an ELD. is requirement replaces the 2011 rule's requirement that drivers who keep records of duty status for two or more days out of every seven days must use the logging device. " " THE RULE... IS EXPECTED TO COST BETWEEN $165 AND $832 ANNUALLY PER TRUCK. THE NEW ELD RULE: WHAT TO EXPECT

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