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April 17, 2018 4:15 PM, EDT

FMCSA Assigns CSA Severity Weights to ELD Violations

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has assigned severity weights to each of about a dozen electronic logging device-related violations that are being recorded on a driver’s or motor carrier’s safety profile score.

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In a posting earlier this month on the agency’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability website, FMCSA said that any of the ELD-related hours-of-service violations written up will be added to safety measurement system scores.

The severity weights range from five points for not having an ELD to one point for failing to make annotations on the ELD when applicable.

“As of April 1, 2018, violations related to electronic logging device regulations found during roadside inspections are being used in the SMS,” the agency said in a web posting. “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.”

A complete list of the ELD violations and their severity weights is available in the SMS Appendix A spreadsheet