The Pipe Line Contractors Association (PLCA) has requested an exemption from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s electronic logging device mandate set to take effect on Dec. 18 for all pipeline contractor vehicle drivers.
According to the PLCA, drivers typically use the short-haul exemption to logging regulations, but sometimes they must use ELDs because they exceed the short-haul exemption of more than eight days in a 30-day period. The group adds that drivers would still have to keep paper logs if the exemption is approved.
The PLCA also says in its exemption request that because pipeline drivers are rarely on public roads, ELDs do not offer a safety benefit. Pipeline drivers typically work within a 100-mile radius, satisfying the requirements for the short-haul exemption, but don’t return to the work-reporting site within the required 12 hours.
For more information about the PLCA’s exemption request, visit https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=FMCSA-2017-0175-0008. Public comments will be accepted until Aug. 9.