The US Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has removed the ELD ONE from the list registered electronic logging devices (ELDs).
FMCSA urges drivers and businesses using ELDs to switch to a different ELD provider within 60 days of January 31. Paper logs can be used to cover short service transfer times, but only for eight days under federal regulations.
The ELD ONE was placed on the list of recalled devices because the company violated section 220.127.116.11 of 49 CFR part 395 subpart B, appendix A.
The rule requires that a non-printer ELD be designed so that “an authorized security officer can reasonably see the display without entering the commercial motor vehicle.”
This rule covers the ability to view the ELD on a mobile device such as a cell phone or tablet. In most cases, the driver hands the device over to the inspector, who enters his credentials in review mode, reviews the stored information, and sends copies to his patrol vehicle.
The ban could be lifted
TMS ONE, the manufacturer of the product, can reverse the ban if it fixes the issues that caused it to be removed. In an ELD ONE message posted on its Facebook pageattributed the problem to a “temporary malfunction” and assured customers that a fix was on the way.
“Our team is currently in the development process to improve the system, and the update is expected to be released on February 15th. Due to this update, we recommend that you temporarily use a paper logbook to temporarily track working hours instead of the driver application. Our team is working diligently to resolve this issue as soon as possible, and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.”
FMCSA will send an industry-wide email to notify motor carriers that anyone using the ELD ONE device should stop using the device and revert to paper logs or logging software to record hours of service data. Second, they must replace the device with a compliant ELD from rlist of registered devices before April 1.
If the ELD ONE corrects any deficiencies found, FMCSA will return it to the list of registered devices and notify the industry.
Carriers are urged to act immediately
For now, Safety officials are encouraged not to indicate to drivers using ELD ONE that they do not have a working ELD. Instead, safety officers must request the driver’s paper logs, logging software, or use the ELD ONE screen as a backup method to review hours-of-service data.
Beginning April 1, motor carriers that continue to use ELD ONE will be considered to be operating without an ELD. Safety officers who encounter a driver using ELD ONE on or after April 1 may cite and terminate the driver’s use pursuant to OOS CVSA criteria.
FMCSA strongly encourages motor carriers to take the above actions immediately to avoid compliance issues if ELD ONE deficiencies are not corrected in a timely manner.
For more information on ELDs, visit FMCSA’s ELD Implementation Web Site.