Welcome to flaeld.com, this website is a hub of information designed to broaden understanding of Florida intrastate electronic logging devices, commonly known as ELDs, their importance to Florida’s economy, and the state’s electronic reporting requirements for ensuring compliance with its intrastate hours of service rules FS 316.302.
Starting January 1, 2020, Florida requires commercial motor vehicles that fall under its intrastate hours of service rules to comply with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)’s electronic reporting requirements. This date is just over a 100 days away!
Hours of Service is just what it sounds like – the number of hours a person spends working or operating a commercial motor vehicle within a specified time period. The US Department of Transportation has regulated Hours of Service for interstate commerce for more than 80 years. Periodically, it updates these regulations.
There are two different types of hours of service – interstate and intrastate. Interstate applies to travel or the movement of goods between two states or across country borders. Think of truck that picks up its load starting in Georgia and unloads at a distribution center in Polk County.
Florida is a big state, though, and has a lot of residents and visitors. Geography necessitates a lot of intrastate commerce – the movement of goods solely within a state’s boundaries.
The focus for us is Florida’s intrastate rules, but its important to understand both the state and federal government’s hours of service rules.
Florida recently adopted the FCMSA’s regulations for using electronic logging devices to report on a truck’s compliance with the intrastate hours of service rules. If this sounds new, it is. Florida is only the second state (after Texas) to require commercial truck drivers to comply with reporting requirements for travel solely with the state’s boundaries (or will starting January 1st).
What are these rules? There are four.
The US Department of Transportation is responsible for regulating hours of service for interstate commercial activity. They have a special division for this called the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration or FMCSA. The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 49 CFR 395 covered hours of service and ELD requirements for interstate drivers, drivers who transport across state lines.
49 CFR 395 requires the use of ELDs to ensure commercial motor vehicles comply with the Interstate Hours of Service, but do not change the hours of service rules, which are stricter than Florida’s rules.
For drivers who travel between states, they must comply with the following:
There are couple of other rules, but these are the highlights showing the differences between the federal rules and the state of Florida’s rules.
These differing rules may sound confusing, and future blog posts will share examples of how drivers comply with these hours of service rules. It’s important, though, to know why we have hours of service rules and electronic reporting requirements. In part 2, we discuss safety and how the use of ELDs support road safety through the compliance of hours of service rules.
Florida is a big state. And it is the 3rd most populous state in the country. The state’s economy depends on the safe and efficient movement of goods, as they come into the state, leave the state, or move around this state each day, each hour, each minute and second.
This blog is our space for talking about transportation in Florida as January 1st nears, we’ll use this space to talk intricate details about various aspects of freight and goods movement sometimes, and other times, we will broadly discuss what’s happening in the state and elsewhere. Follow along!
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