Commercial Vehicle Enforcement

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 on December 18, 2017 and the Out-of-Service Criteria associated with the ELD mandate on April 1, 2018.

Drivers of CMV’s 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 at: https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/hours-service/elds/faqs

Drivers of CMV’s 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, 2012.  Since the ELD rule had an effective date of February 16, 2016 and a compliance date of December 18, 2017, all owners and drivers that are engaged in intrastate commerce are currently not subject to the ELD rule.

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.”