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  • Henry Seaton

FMCSA to hold May 9 meeting on ELD technical specifications

FMCSA will hold a public meeting May 9 in Washington, DC, to discuss the technical specifications for electronic logging devices (ELDs). The meeting is intended to be a forum for discussion of the minimum requirements for ELDs and for helping manufacturers produce ELDs that comply with the rule. For more information on the public meeting, go to

Beginning December 18, drivers required to prepare records of duty status generally must use ELDs unless they already use electronic logs meeting the automatic onboard recording device (AOBRD) standard. Carriers must use a device that is self-certified and registered at As of April 5, 35 devices have been registered. Under FMCSA’s rule, all devices installed after December 18 must meet the ELD standard, and all drivers using electronic logs must use devices meeting the ELD standard by December 16, 2019.

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