What is an Electronic Logging Device (ELD)?
In December 2017, the FMCSA issued a final rule mandating that all commercial trucks and buses be equipped with an electronic logging device (ELD). An ELD is a device that electronically records a driver's hours of service (HOS). The device is connected to the vehicle's engine and automatically logs driving time and other information such as vehicle speed and location.
ELDs are used to create a digital record of a driver's HOS, which can be used to monitor compliance with HOS regulations. The records can also be used to investigate truck accidents and other incidents, such as cargo theft. Learn how these devices can help reduce the risk of truck crashes.
What Are The FMCSA ELD Mandates?
TheFederal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has mandated using ELDs for commercial truck drivers. The goal is to improve safety on the nation's highways by reducing the risks associated with HOS violations. The ELD creates a digital record of a driver's HOS, which can be used to monitor compliance with HOS regulations. The records can also be used to investigate truck accidents and other incidents, such as cargo theft.
How Do ELDs Reduce The Risk of Truck Crashes?
Reports show that ELDs can help reduce truck accident risks. According to an HOS report by the US Department of Transportation (USDOT), there are potential safety benefits to using ELDs such as:
- Reducing the incidence of driver fatigue.
- Improving compliance with hours-of-service regulations.
- Enhancing safety investigations following truck accidents.
- Improving productivity by reducing paperwork.
- Deterring the falsification of log books.
ELDs can also help improve driver compliance with speed limits. Studies have shown that drivers who use ELDs are less likely to exceed the posted speed limit.
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