FMCSA Assigned Severity Weights to ELD’s

According to Transport Topics News, the FMCSA – Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration – has assigned severity weights as a rating system for ELD violations:

  • Image by Lance Holt via [https://www.gpsinsight.com/blog/the-consequences-of-not-implementing-eld] (copyright-free)

“As of April 1, 2018, violations related to electronic logging device regulations found during roadside inspections are being used in the SMS (Safety Measurement System). These violations are not being applied retroactively; violations recorded prior to April 1, 2018, will not be counted in SMS. Motor carriers that have received ELD-related violations will start to see them reflected in their HOS Compliance BASIC in early May 2018 when the next monthly SMS results are released.” (FMCSA Assigns CSA Severity Weights to ELD Violations)

The scoring system for severity weights will range from one point to five points. For a complete list of severity weights and how violations will be scored can be found directly from the FMCSA website.

Sources:

  • Miler, Eric. “FMCSA Assigns CSA Severity Weights to ELD Violations.” Transport Topics News, Transport Topics, 17 Apr. 2018, www.ttnews.com/articles/fmcsa-assigns-csa-severity-weights-eld-violations.
  • Holt, Lance. “The Consequences of Not Implementing ELD.” GPS Insight, 27 Apr. 2018, www.gpsinsight.com/blog/the-consequences-of-not-implementing-eld/.
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An ELD – also known as Electronic Logging Device – is an electronic hardware that attaches to the engine of a commercial motor vehicle for the sole purpose of recording driving hours.

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