States Differ on ELD Compliance for Intrastate Motor Carriers
States are figuring out if or how to assign ELD compliance dates for their intrastate motor carriers. States with more lax regulations appear to be delaying implementation for various years while others are looking to avoid additional implementation costs for their domestic trucking industry.
The State of Oregon is adopting an exception to Federal Hours of Service regulations for “intrastate” operations within Oregon:
“With reference to Part 395.8(a)1(i), a motor carrier conducting intrastate transportation is NOT required to install and require each of its drivers, operating in intrastate commerce, to use an electronic logging device to record the drivers duty status.”
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The State of Texas has updated its hours of service code to require intrastate truckers to use ELDs to record duty status. Truck operators in the state must begin using the devices by Dec. 19, 2019.
Texas’ new regulations are basic, simply pointing to the U.S. DOT code requiring ELDs and establishing an effective date. The minimum device specs will be the same as the federal government’s mandate, but it’s unclear whether the exemptions to the federal mandate will apply to intrastate operators.
Many smaller states have adopted the national rule as is, while those with less restrictive hours of service (HOS), such as Alaska and California, have yet to determine a timeline. Federal regulations allow for up to three years to adopt a statewide rule.