Electronic Logging Devices
The electronic logging device (ELD) rule is intended to help create a safer work environment for drivers, and make it easier and faster to accurately track, manage, and share records of duty status (RODS) data. An ELD synchronizes with a vehicle engine to automatically record driving time, for easier, more accurate hours of service (HOS) recording. The ELD rule became a final rule on December 16, 2015 and had an effective date of February 16, 2016 and a compliance date of December 18, 2017 for interstate drivers. The Florida Highway Patrol / Office of Commercial Vehicle Enforcement will begin enforcing the ELD mandate for intrastate drivers on December 31, 2019.
Interstate vs Intrastate
Legal guidance or recommendations on regulations and other business practices should be sought through your legal counsel. Interstate commerce means trade, traffic, or transportation in the United States; 1) Between a place in a State and a place outside of such State (including a place outside of the United States) 2) Between two places in a State through another State or a place outside of the United States 3) Between two places in a State as part of trade, traffic, or transportation originating or terminating outside the State or the United States. Intrastate commerce means any trade, traffic, or transportation in any State, which is not described in the term “interstate commerce.”
Drivers of CMVs in Interstate Commerce
All owners and drivers of commercial motor vehicles that are operated on the public highways of this state while engaged in interstate commerce are subject to Electronic Logging Device (ELD) rules on December 18, 2017. Please visit the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s website for plain language information regarding the ELD rule.
Drivers of CMVs in Intrastate Commerce (Property Carriers Only)
All owners or drivers of commercial motor vehicles that are engaged in intrastate commerce are subject to the rules and regulations contained in 49 C.F.R as they existed on December 31, 2018. In accordance with Section 316.302 Florida Statutes, a person who operates a commercial motor vehicle solely in intrastate commerce which does not transport hazardous materials in amounts that require placarding pursuant to 49 C.F.R. part 172 need not comply with the requirements of electronic logging devices and hours of service supporting documents as provided in 49 C.F.R. parts 385, 386, 390, and 395 until December 31, 2019.