The Arkansas Highway Police Division of the Arkansas Department of Transportation reminds Arkansas motor carriers of the Dec. 18 deadline for the implementation of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s electronic logging device rule. The date was mandated by congress, according to a news release.

The rule is applicable to interstate and intrastate motor carriers and drivers who are currently required to maintain records of duty status. It applies to commercial buses and trucks, as well as Canada- and Mexico-domiciled drivers.

The final rule was first published Dec. 16, 2015, which allowed affected motor carriers more than two years to come into compliance. Some motor carriers may still continue to use a grandfathered automatic onboard recording device (AOBRD), under certain conditions, until Dec. 16, 2019. The AOBRD must meet the requirements of 49 C.F.R.395.15.

On the effective ELD compliance date of Dec. 18, 2017, AHP enforcement officers will begin documenting ELD violations on roadside inspection reports and may issue citations to drivers operating commercial motor vehicles without a compliant ELD. Details: .