Many operators are in the process of upgrading or replacing their third generation (3G) ELDs or overcoming obstacles when major operators switch to 5G services in 2022.
On Friday, the Federal Carrier Safety Authority warned truck drivers that mobile operators were restricting 3G technology and urged drivers to make the switch as early as February to avoid violating the ELD.
"Even if 3G networks are no longer supported, it is unlikely that any ELD-dependent network will be able to meet the minimum requirements set by the ELD technical specifications, including recording all required data elements and transferring ELD output files,” FMCSA stated in the email.
If your service provider no longer supports 3G devices, the code will not work in the ELD driver. If that happens, the driver will have eight days to fix the problem or look for alternative equipment until additional permits are issued, the FMCSA reports.
The agency's warning came just weeks after the FMCSA warned truck drivers of possible compliance issues on Nov. 1,as cellular providers phase out 3G-reliant devices and transition to 5G networks.
Is your ELD device affected?
Other cellular carriers, such as Cricket, Boost, Straight Talk, and several Lifeline mobile service providers that utilize the AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile networks will also be affected, FMCSA said.
FMCSA said drivers should contact their ELD providers to find out if their devices rely on a 3G network. If so, the agency urges truckers to talk to their providers about upgrading or replacing their devices to ones that will be supported after the 3G sunset.

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