The way commercial truck drivers document their on-duty time will change within the next two years as a result of a new Final Rule issued by regulators at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
That’s because, by 2017, commercial truckers will be required to use electronic logging devices (ELDs), rather than paper logs, to track their compliance with federal hours-of-service (HOS) rules. The goal is to deter trucker fatigue, prevent truck crashes and save lives.
Commenting on this ELD mandate, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has stated that:
This automated technology not only brings logging records into the modern age, it also allows roadside safety inspectors to unmask violations of federal law that put lives at risk.
Similarly, FMCSA Acting Administrator Scott Darling has stated that:
This is a win for all motorists on our nation’s roadways… Employing technology to ensure that commercial drivers comply with federal hours-of-service rules will prevent crashes and save lives.
Main Elements of the New ELD Mandate
The new ELD mandate has four main components, which include:
- Mandating the switch to ELDs by 2017 – This mandate is for any commercial truck and bus driver operating a vehicle on U.S. roadways (regardless of whether the driver “is domiciled” in Canada or Mexico).
- Establishing ELD performance specifications – This is to ensure manufacturers, as well as truckers and others, are aware of the fundamental elements required for a “compliant device.”
- Establishing new requirements for documenting HOS compliance – This primarily cuts down in the paperwork trucking companies (and other entities) need to retain to prove compliance.
- Prohibiting the harassment of truckers based on the info collected by ELDs.
When in effect, annually, the ELD requirement is expected to:
- Prevent at least 25 deaths and 560 injuries caused by fatigued-related crashes
- Save at least $1 billion, largely in “reducing the amount of required industry paperwork” and in promoting “the efficiency of roadside law enforcement personnel in reviewing driver records.”
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