• Henry Seaton

Utility contractors, YRC seek ELD relief

With five pending bids already for partial or total relief from the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate, FMCSA in September received two more applications. The Power and Communication Contractors Association (PCCA) sees an exemption for all operators of a commercial motor vehicle in the power and communications construction industry. PCAA argues that because of the limited time during a workday that their drivers spend driving on public roads, ELDs would not produce a significant safety benefit. Comments are due October 16. For the Federal Register notice, visit https://www.federalregister.gov/d/2017-19512. YRC Worldwide Inc.’s exemption application is almost identical to one submitted already by UPS and covers an alternate phase-in method, data elements for duty status change, a special driving mode for special yard moves, and alternate annotation for certain brief vehicle moves. Comments are due October 19. For the Federal Register notice, visit https://www.federalregister.gov/d/2017-19909.

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