Washington, D.C. – The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) supports recent action taken by Reps. Collin Peterson (D-MN) and Greg Gianforte (R-MT) to introduce the Small Carrier Electronic Device and Exemption Act (H.R. 1697), which would exempt businesses that operate 10 or fewer commercial trucks from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) electronic logging device (ELD) requirement.
For over two years, all drivers with a commercial driver’s license who are required to keep a Record of Duty Status (RODS) must use an ELD to document compliance with Hours of Service rule, which is designed to eliminate the type of driver fatigue that can lead to crashes. Exemptions from the ELD requirement do exist for drivers who operate under the short-haul exception, or use paper RODS for not more than 8 days out of every 30-day period.
The Association acknowledges the need for the ELD requirement, but believes motor carrier safety regulations should promote safety without imposing unnecessarily high cost and compliance burdens on employers and small businesses. Additionally, NLBMDA supports the ELD exemption for short-term truck rentals of eight days or less.
“NLBMDA recognizes Reps. Peterson and Gianforte for their leadership in reducing regulatory red tape for small businesses operating commercial trucks,” said Jonathan Paine, NLBMDA President & CEO. “Passage of the legislation is a priority for the Association in the 116th Congress.”